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City of Seattle Gave Training to White Staff to 'Undo Their Whiteness'

Liberal city segregated staff for training sessions based on race

 on 9th July 2020 @ 1.00pm
democrat mayor jenny durkan s seattle has become a hotbed for anti white protests © press
Democrat Mayor Jenny Durkan's Seattle has become a hotbed for anti-white protests

The City of Seattle gave segregated training sessions to staff, seeking to train white employees on how to "undo their whiteness."

Seattle's white staffers were given the training last month which instructed workers on how to affirm their "complicity in racism," reports suggest.

The training session was reportedly held by the Office of Civil Rights and titled: "Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness."

The session was held on June 12, the same day protesters took part in the Black Lives Matter "CHOP" zone demonstrations in Seattle's Capitol Hill district.

The city's Democrat Mayor Jenny Durkan initially cheered on the BLM protests in a downtown neighborhood of Seattle but changed her tune when protesters set up outside her own mansion.

Christopher F. Rufo, an editor for City Journal and director of the Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth and Poverty, discovered the session’s existence by filing a Freedom of Information request last week, which was approved on Monday.

white employees were given a flowchart to help them affirm their  complicity in racism © press
White employees were given a flowchart to help them affirm their 'complicity in racism'

One handout distributed in the two-and-a-half-hour session reportedly read that "racism is not our fault but we are responsible."

Another said white staffers must give up "the land" and their "guaranteed physical safety" in order to be an "accomplice" for racial justice.

In an email inviting employees to the event, the office asked "city employees who identify as white to join this training to learn, reflect, challenge ourselves, and build skills and relationships that help us show up more fully as allies and accomplices for racial justice."

"We’ll examine our complicity in the system of white supremacy – how we internalize and reinforce it – and begin to cultivate practices that enable us to interrupt racism in ways to be accountable to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) folks within our community," the email continued.

The name of the email's author was redacted, Rufo said, as the City of Seattle "refused to provide the names of the diversity trainers, the budget for the program, or the video of the session."

In a thread posted to his Twitter account, Rufo outlined the various stages of the training session. 

He said that first of all "diversity trainers informed white participants that 'objectivity,' 'individualism,' 'intellectualization,' and 'comfort' are all vestiges of internalized racial oppression."

Diversity trainers also encouraged staffers to cultivate "networks with other white people who are practicing antiracist accomplicehood so you can talk through your struggles in the work of undoing your own whiteness."

In such networks, the trainers urged participants to practice "self-talk that affirms our complicity in racism."

They were also instructed to give up "niceties from neighbors and colleagues," "the certainty of your job," and "accepting jobs and promotions when we are not qualified, including racial equity jobs."

White employees were also issued a flowchart outlining the cycle of racism that whites perpetuate through "superior" justification, "self-righteousness," "fear, shame and guilt" over "harmful actions" toward "people of color," and "smallness and inauthenticity."

White people are unable to "imagine a way forward" that stems from a "place of humanity and empowerment."

Thus, the "status quo is reinforced," the chart concluded.

For any employees questioning their ethnicity, the instructors handed out an information sheet titled "Assimilation to Whiteness," which noted those of Arab, Jewish, Finnish, German, Italian, Armenian, or Irish descent identify as white.

the training session was given on the same day blm protesters seized an area of seattle to form the  chop  zone © press
The training session was given on the same day BLM protesters seized an area of Seattle to form the 'CHOP' zone

Employees were also taught how to "interrupt" their whiteness by being "honest and implicate yourself either in the moment or in past experiences in which you acted or thought similarly."

"Don’t blame others. Don’t distance. Don’t make yourself seem 'better.' None of us is," a handout said.

"You are also white and what someone else did today you may do tomorrow."

According to Rufo, the goal of the session was to teach white workers how they have been "complicit in the system of white supremacy" and must be held "accountable to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color."

Seattle's Office of Civil Rights has yet to comment on the alleged training program.

It’s unclear if the training was mandatory or optional.

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