Seattle holds training session for white employees aimed at affirming 'complicity in racism' and 'undoing whiteness'

 | July 07, 2020 03:43 PM

The city of Seattle held a training session for white employees aimed at teaching them how to “practice self-talk” that “affirms their complicity” in racism and about “undoing” their own whiteness.

“The City of Seattle held a training session for white employees called 'Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness,'” the director of the Center on Wealth & Poverty and contributing editor at City Journal, Christopher Rufo, tweeted Monday. His tweet thread described what a public records request suggested about the training, which the city confirmed to the Washington Examiner is provided by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights.

The City of Seattle held a training session for white employees called “Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness.”

So I did a public records request to find out exactly what this means. Let's go through it together in this thread. 👇

— Christopher F. Rufo (@realchrisrufo) July 6, 2020

Rufo added that the diversity trainers encourage white employees to "practice self-talk that affirms [their] complicity in racism" and urge them to work on "undoing your own whiteness” while also providing employees with a flow chart meant to illustrate how white people “cause harm” to people of color.

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." pic.twitter.com/jcJppWXe0k

— Christopher F. Rufo (@realchrisrufo) July 6, 2020

As @DrKarlynB first reported, the invitation for this training was strictly segregated to "white City employees."

The goal is to teach them how they have "complicity in the system of white supremacy" and must be held "accountable to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color." pic.twitter.com/kPbppFYDtM

— Christopher F. Rufo (@realchrisrufo) July 6, 2020

According to Rufo, the city has declined to provide the names of the diversity trainers, the program’s budget, or video from the session, which took place on the Microsoft Teams platform.

Several political commentators responded to Rufo’s thread, criticizing Seattle officials for the taxpayer-funded, white-only training.

“My liberal friends & acquaintances see themselves as evidence-based & pro-science,” American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina Hoff Sommers wrote. “But they are mostly silent about the nonsensical pseudo-science that informs corporate & academic diversity training. Look what happened in Seattle."

My liberal friends & acquaintances see themselves as evidence-based & pro-science. But they are mostly silent about the nonsensical pseudo-science that informs corporate & academic diversity training. Look what happened in Seattle👇 https://t.co/zQz0EGTV59

— Christina Sommers (@CHSommers) July 7, 2020

“These 'training sessions' are taxpayer-funded cult indoctrination sessions, with all the coercion and abolition of independent thought that the word 'cult' implies,” journalist Michael Tracey responded.

These “training sessions” are taxpayer-funded cult indoctrination sessions, with all the coercion and abolition of independent thought that the word “cult” implies https://t.co/68oB1pmbyt

— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 7, 2020

“It is, and always has been, about domination,” author and podcaster Michael Malice tweeted in a thread of his own. "People can take informed action accordingly."

“Any form of anti-racism which argues that individualism, objectivity or intellectualization are attributes that are somehow especially characteristic of whites is, in fact, a form or racism,” writer and professor Yascha Mounk tweeted.

Any form of anti-racism which argues that individualism, objectivity or intellectualization are attributes that are somehow especially characteristic of whites is, in fact, a form or racism. https://t.co/VDbXXklT9D

— Yascha Mounk (@Yascha_Mounk) July 6, 2020

The training, which took place in mid-June, came as peaceful protests, looting, and riots broke out in Seattle and across the country following the death of George Floyd on May 25.

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