The U.S. Department of the Treasury has been using so-called “anti-racism” training to tell white employees that “virtually all” of them “contribute to racism” and that they cannot object if a person of color “responds to their oppression in a way you don’t like.”
The training materials were sent by a whistleblower to Director of the Center of Wealth & Poverty Christopher Rufo, who is also the contributing editor of City Journal. Rufo produced a Twitter thread to disseminate what he found, calling the training documents “deeply disturbing – and an affront to equality.”
The training, called “Difficult Conversations about Race,” is aimed at white employees at the Treasury Department, Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and National Credit Union Administration, Rufo tweeted. The goal of the training, he wrote, is to convert “everyone in the federal government” to “antiracism.”
The way the training sets out to achieve this goal, however, appears similar to Rufo’s last document analysis about Seattle’s “Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness” training, which basically consisted of trainers telling white people they were racist.
The Treasury training is hardly different, with trainers insisting “white employees must ‘struggle to own their racism’ and accept their ‘unconscious bias, White privilege, and White fragility,” Rufo wrote on Twitter.
“Next, the trainers recommend ‘White managers’ create ‘safe spaces’ for ‘listening sessions,’ where black employees can explain ‘what it means to be Black’ and be ‘seen in their pain.’ White employees must not ‘fill the silence with [their] own thoughts and feelings,’” Rufo tweeted.
The training also stereotypes white people by claiming they hold “fairly consistent narratives about race.” Those narratives, such as “we’ve made so much progress from the 60’s” and suggesting people “talk about how much we have in common,” the training insists, are racist and “don’t support the dismantling of racist institutions.”
In another section of the training highlighted by Rufo, white employees are told to think about how racially diverse their everyday lives are, including asking questions such as “Who are your ten closest friends? What is the racial mix in this group?”
“As you move through the day, what’s the racial composition of the people around you? On your commute? At the coffee shop you go to? At the gym? At your workplace? At the show you go on the weekend?” asks another section.
The training also asks white employees to “[n]otice how much of your day you are speaking about racism.”
“Who are you engaging with on these issues? Who are you not? Why do you think this is?” the training asks.
Later, the training demands white employees “Provide unconditional solidarity” with people of color. “Your allyship is not a favor that you can retract when some [sic] responds to their oppression in a way you don’t like,” the training says.
Further, white employees are told that “white silence has been one of the most powerful detractors from real progress in social justice,” and that they must “sit in the discomfort” of being lectured about “whiteness,” “racism,” “white supremacy,” and “allyship.”
The kicker for all this? The training was developed and is being taught by a white man who has made millions of dollars selling his training to the federal government.
Rufo also provided a link to all the documents he received.
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