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See Seattle held 'segregated' training session on 'undoing whiteness,' encouraged staffers to forfeit 'guaranteed physical safety': 'Racism is not our fault but we are responsible,' one handout declared.  The complete article is below the fold (emphases mine), and please read the complete article before commenting; the full article contains hot links with supportive evidence. All unrelated comments, be they from friend or foe, will be summarily deleted!
The City of Seattle held a racially segregated employee training session aimed at White staffers and instructing them on "undoing your own whiteness" in order to be held accountable by people of color, according to documents obtained by a public records request.

The session took place on June 12 [2020], as protesters took part in the so-called "Capitol Hill Organized Protest" in the Capitol Hill district.

One handout distributed in the session declared how “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.

Christopher F. Rufo, an editor for City Journal and director of the Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth and Poverty, said he filed a public records request regarding the training session. On Monday, he published copies of the materials distributed to employees in the session on his Twitter account.

The Discovery Institute has since shared copies of the documents obtained from the City of Seattle with Fox News.

According to the documents, the Office of Civil Rights hosted a two-and-a-half-hour “Training on Internalized Racial Superiority for White People.”

In the email invitation 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 invitation said.

The name of the initial sender was redacted. Rufo claimed, “the City of Seattle has refused to provide the names of the diversity trainers, the budget for the program, or the video of the session.”

“I'm going to keep pushing—because this is exactly the kind of thought-policing they want to implement everywhere,” Rufo tweeted. “The new cultural revolution is being fought via corporate HR, city diversity training, and public school curriculums. When you find something like this in your community, expose it, criticize it, mock it, and reject it.”

"It's a dark irony that the City of Seattle's Office of Civil Rights would host racially segregated training sessions and demand that its white employees give up their 'physical safety' and 'white normative behavior,’” Rufo added in a statement to Fox News.

“This new racial orthodoxy is now sweeping through local government, schools, and corporate HR departments, and threatens to undermine the American idea of equality under the law. The City of Seattle should immediately launch an investigation into this practice, change its policy on race-segregated training sessions, and abandon the cult-like ideology of 'critical race theory.'"

Those who attended the session were shown handouts, including one that encouraged them 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.”

Diversity trainers instructed White employees in “practicing self-talk that affirms our complicity in racism.”

“Racism is not our fault but we are responsible,” one bullet point declared.

In order to be considered “accomplices,” White employees must give up “comfort,” “guaranteed physical safety,” “expectations or presumptions of emotional safety,” “control over other people and over the land,” and “relationships with some other white people.”

White employees were also urged 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.”

Employees were presented with a flowchart that demonstrated how “white people keep the system going” by being socialized “to cause harm to POC,” “justify why we are superior and have been wronged by POC,” “use anger, self-righteousness and defensiveness [to] mask fear, shame, or guilt,” “show up small and inauthentic,” and finally are “unable to imagine a way forward that comes from a place of humanity,” thus reinforcing the status quo.

Those who attended the session were also shown a datasheet titled “Assimilation into Whiteness,” which claimed to document how those of Arab, Jewish, Finnish, German, Italian, Armenian or Irish descent still classify as White.

Employees were 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.”

A two-column chart also listed characteristics that defined “Internalized Racial Oppression.”

“Internalized Racial Superiority,” was defined by perfectionism, individualism, imposition, arrogance, paternalism, silence, intellectualization, control, violence, comfort, appropriation, cognitive dissonance, objectivity and “anti-blackness.”

Meanwhile, “Internalized Racial Inferiority” was defined by colorism, isolation, protectionism, addiction, self-doubt, self-hate, rage, shame, denial, assimilation, ethnocentrisms, distancing, exaggerated visibility, hopelessness, apathy, erasure, invisibility, “anti-blackness.”

Fox News has reached out to the City of Seattle separately for information about the session.
What does the Left want? Out and out civil war?

Your thoughts on the above segregated training session?


  1. "What does the Left want? Out and out civil war?"

    In short, yes. NBC Evening News is running a nightly segment, "Inequality in America." Should be subtitled, "An incitement to race riots in the United States." Last night's segment was about how juries are selected to eliminate black people from serving in criminal trials. Statistics were entirely taken from one study performed in Oakland, California.

    1. Jayhawk,
      Yesterday evening, notice of last night's segment was sent as a special notice to those of us who have the NBC local affiliate's app. I didn't have time to watch the segment.

      Was last night's segment the first in the series?

    2. No. It has been running for a couple of weeks.

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  3. This is a result of a "University Discourse" that in a "democracy"
    (power) eventually channels the "Hysterics Discourse" instead of the "Master Discourse".

    More on Lacan's Four Discourses.

    1. The Olympian "Zeus" has been castrated by his hysterical slave. Long live the new "values" to be taught to all and exhorted from the University professor's lecturn!

    2. The Titanomachy and Amazonomachy and Gigantyomachy and Centauromachy metopes have been stricken from <our Parthenon. Shall we replace them with metopes extolling our slave rebellions... and the Milagro beanfield war!

    3. Tear down the old metopes! No "masters" freed us! No "benevolent Abe". WE FREED OURSELVES. Our slave virtues TRIUMPHED!

    4. Joe,
      in a "democracy" (power) eventually channels the "Hysterics Discourse" instead of the "Master Discourse".

      We are seeing the truth of that right now -- in the past several weeks, in particular.

    5. We're "erasing the whiteness" of our 'former' "Masters"...

    6. It's a "binary" proposition. If you aren't actively and vociferously anti-racist, then you're a racist.

    7. ...now hurry up and go lay down upon your old Table of Values!

    8. It takes a "Master" to end a pandemic. No slave (Biden) can order the slaves "back to work!"

    9. At the bottom, this is about revenge.

    10. If by revenge you mean a great "feeling of power" and "superiority", I'm with you. To have the "masters" ability to LEGALLY punish/ exact a "physical" pound of flesh much as Shylock's complaint in Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice" about Antonio.

    11. The master can "legally" apply FORCE. The slave must illegally RIOT to apply force. The result in "feeling of power" is similar, until, of course, the Master tires of the slave's game and grinds the slave beneath his heel through applicaation of superior and overwhelming force, legal or otherwise.

    12. The pandemic has castrated the Master. No one need work EVER AGAIN! We are free at last!

      ...and so goes the ENDLESS pandemic.

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  5. Funny... a friend said "Make sure you write Armenian under 'race'"....I THOUGHT...WHAT? And IRISH? GERMANS?!...these are People of color? WHAT COLOR? But, wait, does that keep me safe, as a person of color? :-)

  6. It is predicted that.by 2040 those identified as "white" will be the minority in the U.S. I guess at that time we "whites" can claim our privilege. Something for our children and Grandchildren to look forward to.

    1. I already filled out an application for welfare benefits, Bunks. Looking forward to living in subsidized housing, too.

  7. A little something from my online neighborhood network by a 30-something (a white woman):

    I’m out of patience with people’s feelings getting hurt over shame for being complicit in a racist society, my family members and children deal with racism on a daily basis. White people need to get over themselves, educate and effect change. I can’t believe we live in a country that claims to be the “land of the free” when we’re cramming little brown children into cages. There’s a lot that needs to be fixed before the USA can hold it’s head high.

    These views pervade the network, most of whom are government employees or contractors affiliated with the government.

    1. I've not seen any brown babies stuffed into cages. She must watch MSNBC. I wonder how she feels about keeping blacks on the sugar plantation. Does this not offend her? The thing is that history does not demand atonement; it only suggests learning from past mistakes. You'd think educated liberals would realize this. Erase history and you also negate opportunities for learning anything. Meanwhile, although you are weary, don't give up the ship, AOW. Never quit.

    2. I don't think AOW is going to give up the ship, Mustang. She sounds nothing like a quitter. But the decision may be taken out of her hands when the ship sinks out from under her.

    3. I'm not a quitter.

      But right now, I'm bone weary.

      And there's a lot going on here on the home front, too -- health issues.

  8. I'm an Anglo-Celtic Italian. Do I HAVE to put that down on every gubmint form from now on?

    Ah jess thinks ob mah seff as a plane ol' awdinerry Umerkin. Whutt's rawng wiff dat?


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