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Jodi Shaw on Smith College, Neo Racism, and Free Thinking

Jodi Shaw on Smith College, Neo Racism, and Free Thinking

Jodi Shaw Jodi sits down with Sasha to tell the story of how she came to be at the epicenter of a discussion about racial bias training and the nature of oppression and conformity. Jodi is a Student Support Coordinator in the Department of Residence Life at Smith College in Massachusetts, a women’s university which is also her alma mater. She is currently on paid leave.

On Oct 27 2020, Jodi posted a video on YouTube titled “Dear Smith College: I Have a Few Requests”, in which she addresses the “policies and initiatives” that she sees as creating “a divisive, racially hostile work environment”. Jodi specifies that she is a life-long liberal, but that she considers this a human issue of reducing people to racial categories.

Jodi joins me on Crossroads for an in-depth conversation about the courage it takes to speak out, how she sees this as a workplace conditions issue, and about the reaction she has received since making that first video.

You can watch Jodi’s videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDEsEBhp72E

Join Jodi’s Locals.com community: https://jodishaw.locals.com/

The source of Jodi’s performance at the end of the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDEsEBhp72E