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City Of Seattle Holds Training Session For White Employees
A general view of the Seattle Space Needle and downtown skyline with Mount Rainier in the background leading up to the 2019 Rock'n'Roll Seattle Marathon and 1/2 Marathon on June 8, 2019 in Seattle, Washington.
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In mid-June, the City of Seattle held a training session for white employees called “Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness.” Christopher Rufo, the director of the Center of Wealth & Poverty and contributing editor of City Journal, utilized a public records request to ascertain exactly what was going on, issuing a Twitter thread to delineate what he found.

In the Twitter thread, Rufo noted, “diversity trainers informed white participants that ‘objectivity,’ ‘individualism,’ ‘intellectualization,’ and ‘comfort’ are all vestiges of internalized racial oppression.”

Rufo reported that the training session indicated that white employees speaking too much might mean whites were exhibiting “paternalism.” If white employees spoke too little, that indicated an attempt at oppression since “silence” is “violence.”

Other quotes from the training session reportedly included urging white employees to “practice self-talk that affirms [their] complicity in racism” and working on “undoing your own whiteness.” Trainers reportedly requested white employees to “let go” of “comfort,” “guaranteed physical safety,” “control over the land,” “social status,” and “relationships with some other white people.”

Rufo continued, “Then they go through a flow chart that outlines how white people ‘cause harm to POC,’ ‘show up small and inauthentic,’ and are unable to access their ‘humanity.’” He added that the invitation for the training session was addressed to “white City employees.” The goal of the session was ostensibly to enlighten attendees that they have “complicity in the system of white supremacy” and must be held “accountable to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.”

Rufo added, “How do you know when you’ve successfully ‘interrupted your whiteness’? –When you ‘implicate yourself’ in racism. –When ‘other white people may be angry.’ –When you have stopped your ‘white normative behavior.’”

In the 2019 King County Public Health HCHN Racial Caucusing Report, under Race Caucusing Objectives, it stated: “White people participate in affinity caucusing in order to: Work through guilt, shame & other barriers that hold white people back from engaging in race conversations and doing racial justice work; Ask questions and explore ideas that help white people learn about racism without having to learn at the expense of people of color; Hold each other accountable for actions and behaviors. Build relationships; Gain tools to talk about racism, white supremacy and privilege, and Remind white people that work needs to be done to dismantle racism every day.”

Under People of Color Affinity Group Questions, it stated: “What is something you have stopped/started doing do minimize the negative impact of your internalized oppression/inferiority in you work place? Who in your life makes it difficult to speak up/out and how/why? How are you intentionally decolonizing your mind? Where in your life do you continue to support institutionalized racism even though you are aware of your actions? Why? Why is it important to understand the intra-/inter-ethnic bias and prejudice we exhibit among POC in your work place?”

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