Evergreen State College professor Naima Lowe was caught on camera screaming and singling out her white colleagues for their lack of diversity work. The professor has elected to resign from her position at the college under the condition that she be paid $240,000. “You are now these motherf***ers that we’re pushing against. You can’t see your way out of your own ass,” said Lowe in a heated lecture to her colleagues while also mentioning that the student protesters “are literally asking for the same s**t students have been asking for since the 70’s.”
Provost Jennifer Drake sent out an e-mail to faculty and administrators, announcing Lowe’s official resignation from the school. “I am writing to let you know that our faculty colleague Naima Lowe has elected to resign her position at the College,” said Drake while also praising Lowe for her work teaching “feminist and queer theory, race, and decolonial studies.”
In September, two other employees left their jobs at Evergreen State College. Bret Weinstein and his wife, Heather Heying, reached a $500,000 settlement with the school following volatile student protests that endangered their safety and caused Weinstein to flee the campus. Weinstein had previously sent out a faculty-wide e-mail that calls into the question the “Day of Absence,” which requests that all white people don’t show up on campus that day.
Lowe has reportedly called Weinstein a racist to faculty. She also wrote on Facebook, “Oh lord, Could some white women at Evergreen come and collect Heather Heying’s racist ass. Jesus.”
Who is Naima Lowe?
Naima Lowe taught art and filmmaking classes at Evergreen State. She’s a self-described “black queer artist” who has stirred up some controversy after a video surfaced of her cursing out two of her colleagues who were members of the school’s Equity Council. Lowe singled out these two colleagues and drew a small crowd as she screamed and cursed at them for their “lack of diversity work.”
“The Equity Council handed you a way to do this easily,” she said at the two colleagues. “You are now these motherf***ers that we’re pushing against. You can’t see your way out of your own ass.”
She also directed praise towards student protesters, saying they “are literally asking for the same s**t students have been asking for since the 70’s.”
In another video, Lowe is seen giving a speech at the Capital City Pride festival in Olympia, Washington. In the video dated back to 2015, Lowe condemns white gays and the white middle class.
“White supremacy…lives and breathes within every single white person standing here right now. I refuse to shut my mouth and let white people set this agenda,” she yelled out to the crowd who cheered on. She also made the claim that “the white gays, the white middle-class assimilationist motherf***ing gays, took over the [gay] movement with their assimilationist goals.”
According to a state document obtained by Campus Reform, Lowe had been threatening to sue Evergreen State College as recently as November.
It is not clear whether or not Lowe intends to sue the college. However, Crosscut reports that Lowe’s resignation is under the condition that the school pay her $240,000.
Upon her departure from Evergreen State College, Provost Jennifer Drake praised Lowe for “her years of teaching and service on behalf of Evergreen.”
“I want to recognize Naima’s many contributions to the College and thank her for her years of teaching and service on behalf of Evergreen. Naima joined the College in 2010 as a film and experimental media faculty member, and has taught regularly in media studies and film production as well as in interdisciplinary programs in cultural studies, feminist and queer theory, race, and decolonial studies. Naima is also a talented filmmaker and multi-media artist whose work has received regional and national recognition, and been exhibited at festivals, museums, and galleries across the country. Her work with students was theoretically rich, deeply creative, and transformative for those who studied with her. Naima also developed strong relationships with many staff and faculty, and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
Naima Lowe was born in Middleton, Connecticut, in the year 1979. She graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania, where she received a degree in Film and Media Arts. According to her own website, her work has been featured in Anthology Film Archive, The Wing Luke Museum, MiX Experimental Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, National Queer Arts Festival, Judson Memorial Church and the Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery.
She currently resides in Olympia, Washington.
Want to know more about Naima Lowe? Better yet, want to know what she thinks about herself? Lowe provides a two-paragraph self-description on her website powered by Squarespace:
“I’m a Black queer artist and educator born in Middletown, CT, raised in various parts of New England and reared as a working artist in Philadelphia, PA where I got my degree in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. I currently live Olympia, WA where I teach video and performance art at one of the only experimental, public, liberal arts colleges in the nation, The Evergreen State College. My work has been exhibited at Anthology Film Archive, The Wing Luke Museum, MiX Experimental Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, National Queer Arts Festival, Judson Memorial Church and the Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery. In 2017 I was an artist in residence at The Millay Colony, and a fellowship recipient at the Vermont Studio Center.
I use performance, video, photo and text to explore abjection, mourning, dislocation, and the black body in relation to the natural world. I often use antiquated audio/visual technologies (VHS, 16mm film, slide film, cassette tape recordings) to create texture and interrogate nostalgia. I am also interested in the ways that the traditions of black utterance create space for emotional depth, code making (and breaking), and humor. “
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