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The only systemic racism of which I am personally aware involves diversity and inclusiveness training. These are mandatory programs within the federal government (and many if not all state governments) and federal contractors. I am old enough to have experienced some of the initial training back in the 1970s and 1980s. Well-intentioned no doubt, but over time it has become the province of the Karenwaffe — hectoring people over immutable characteristics or, in the case of gender fluidity, the belief in immutable characteristics.
Two stories highlight how malignant this has become: the Seattle “whiteness” training, and the Army’s “inclusiveness” initiative. This is politics, not human rights. This is raw power, not reasoned education.
Other than the employment of the trainers (the real reason these programs persist) these programs have exceeded their “sell by” dates. There are rules. State them, enforce them when necessary. But stop bully sessions.Published in