The city of Seattle has invited non-white city workers to a three-hour seminar on “racial inferiority” funded by the city and excluding white people, new documents reveal.
In contrast, white staff members learned that they were responsible for racism and should see themselves as “oppressors.”
The disclosure of the city-approved separate seminars comes after a Seattle radio host discovered the content of the seminars after filing a public disclosure request with Seattle City Hall for the course materials.
City staff members “who identify as people of color” were invited to the three-hour session on “internalized racial inferiority” on September 3, after organized by the city-funded Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), KTTH radio host Jason Rantz revealed on Monday.
A similar sister session was offered exclusively to white workers, which taught participants that they are “responsible” for racism because of the color of their skin.
The lesson was presented as a way to explore “the process by which American conditioning, socialization, and history lead people of color to internalize racialized beliefs, ideas and behaviors about them, underlying the power of white supremacy “
The lesson was presented as a way to explore “the process by which American conditioning, socialization and history lead people of color to internalize racialized beliefs, ideas and behaviors about them, underlying power. of white supremacy “.
He also highlighted 10 “truths” that must be accepted by city employees, among which “colonialism is at the root of white supremacy”, “racism is based on the legal and social construction of whiteness” and ‘The government has a responsibility to be anti-racist.’
According to the organization’s mission statement available on its website, the coalition was designed “to eliminate racial and social disparities and achieve racial equity in Seattle,” and is currently endorsed by Seattle Mayor Jenny Anne Durkan.
The organization that oversees these courses, held at the city’s request since 2018, is currently endorsed by Seattle Mayor Jenny Anne Durkan.
The city-hosted seminar urged employees of color to break free from white supremacist influence and dismantle systems of oppression inside and outside the workplace.
Meanwhile, white workers have been ordered to assert their “complicity in racism.”
Staff were asked to say that the seminar was “a space where we can shed our ‘white tears’ and address the feelings of’the anger, self-righteousness and defensiveness associated with being white.
They were also instructed to face “fear, shame and guilt for the evil of our actions,” according to the document.
The Race and Social Justice Initiative, the coalition overseeing these city-endorsed lessons, 10 “truths” that must be accepted by city workers, which include, “colonialism is at the root of white supremacy,” “the racism is based on the law and social construction of whiteness ”and“ The government has a responsibility to be anti-racist ”.
White participants were also urged to abandon the “guaranteed physical security” that comes with being white, in order to be seen as true “accomplices” when it comes to creating an anti-racist society.
Only then, according to the city seminar, can whites work to “eliminate racism and create racial equity, justice and liberation.”
Staff of color, on the other hand, were instructed on how to break free from the influence of “white supremacy” – which according to the set of “truths” provided by the session hosted by the city, is deeply rooted in all its forms. from the US government.
These workers were then called upon to dismantle these systems of oppression.
Additionally, white staff members have also been told that their “whiteness” inherently hinders people of color from achieving success and happiness in and outside the workplace.
This concept is called “interrupt whiteness”.
City employees were repeatedly told throughout the city’s study that they themselves were “responsible” for the racism.
The Race and Social Justice Initiative, which is supported by the city of Seattle, aims to create an “anti-racist network within the city government” through these training sessions, which have been held in accordance with the city since 2018, according to the documents obtained by Rantz.
The radio host had previously reported on the lessons after sending out invitations to large numbers of city employees in August.
Rantz reported that many black employees, especially those in the police department, were “outraged and disgusted” by the topic and the ideologies imposed on city workers at these meetings.
“No one is obliged to attend the trainings offered by RSJI; they’re completely voluntary, ”the Seattle Civil Rights Office said when inquiring about the training.
“The goal of the Internalized Racial Inferiority and Internalized Racial Superiority trainings is to provide a carefully designed educational space for city employees with varied and diverse racial identities to deepen their understanding of systemic racism and discover the roles they can play in promoting racial equity. ‘
The city then apparently tried to distance itself from those sessions, shifting responsibility to the Race and Social Justice Initiative – which is endorsed by the city.
“The trainings are led and guided by RSJI staff.
However, these meetings – organized by the RSHI at the request of the city – according to Rantz, seek to transform a theoretically apolitical government agency into a biased ideological purveyor of social propaganda.
The curriculum for these courses, including the one for September 3, preaches to people of color employed by the city that their “inferior self-definition” is the result of a “historical designation of one’s race” that subjects them to “behaviors”. self-destructors “. , ‘like self-doubt, self-hatred and rage, according to documents obtained by Rantz.
The documents also say that whites are very responsible for this phenomenon, because they “keep the system going.”