FAIR News: Standing With Dr. Tabia Lee
Dear friends of FAIR,
Last Monday, De Anza college in California voted out Dr. Tabia Lee, who was serving her dream job as Faculty Director for the Office of Equity, Social Justice, & Multicultural Education. Lee says, "they said they wanted a black person to do this job. Apparently, I am the wrong kind of black."
In her first week at De Anza, Lee was accused of "whitesplaining" as she tried to set a meeting agenda, and she was told that she was perpetuating "white supremacy" by valuing punctuality & engaging in strategic planning. It seemed that her approach would not be allowed.
A lifelong educator, Lee says she has "always advocated multiple approaches in performing anti-racism work, which apparently from the get-go was perceived as a threat to what I now understand to be the critical social justice orthodoxy at De Anza..."
"Through my work, I try to create a place of acceptance for varying points of view, but clearly, they didn't find that acceptable...As a result, my programs and seminars were all undermined and blocked from the college calendar; I was excluded from the Equity Action Council...and I was marginalized by my own Dean—the one from whom I expected the most support."
The people at De Anza, whom Dr. Lee looked to for support, have failed her. So she reached out to FAIR, and we are here to stand up for her rights!
Dr. Tabia Lee entertained a divergent viewpoint. She questioned an orthodoxy. It cost her her job. We are ready to challenge De Anza college and advocate for the upholding of constitutional and civil liberties. If you’d like to support our efforts toward academic freedom and equal treatment, consider donating to FAIR’s legal advocacy fund.
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We need Pro-Human medicine that benefits all patients...We must be allowed to question and challenge prevailing opinion...We must never let unquestionable illiberal orthodoxies prevent the saving of lives and the healing of illness.
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FAIR’s Legal Team Sends a Letter to Palisades Charter School
On March 6th FAIR Legal sent a letter to Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles about an incident report we received through our anonymous reporting site, FAIRtransparency.org. The report indicated the following:
A school counselor instructed teachers to use the student’s new, chosen name and pronouns without contacting the student’s parents, while the student was a minor under the age of eighteen. When the parents contacted the counselor to ask about the name change, the counselor did not return emails; “The 504 Coordinator ... acted without a license by contacting the LA LGBT center on behalf of [the student] to get information on how [the student] could get housing, legal, and medical. Thus, pushing [the student] to separate himself from his family”; and “This teacher never contacted [the student’s parents] about why he felt it necessary to suggest [the student] leave his family.”
In our letter to the school, FAIR outlined the parental rights at issue in this type of case, and opined that when schools behave in the way reported to FAIR, they violate parents’ constitutional rights.
In this case, it appears [the school] concealed the student’s gender transition from the parents, while the student was a minor under parental care, with no due process….Public schools may not knowingly abridge parents’ due process right to know of and be involved in a process that has such deep, broad, and lasting effects on their children’s lives.
FAIR has urged the school to investigate the matter and ensure that this scenario does not play out there again. FAIR has not yet received a response from the school.
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