According to a report from KOMO News reporter Matt Markovich, Seattle City Hall has caused controversy over a training program meant to raise awareness about diversity.
The training called Internalized Racial Superiority is racially segregated.
An email invited municipal workers who are “city employees who identify as white.” They were provided a specific place to sign up for the class.
Additionally, the city offered a similar training for “city employees who identify as a person of color.”
This racially segregated diversity training has caused outraged, according to reports.
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The training for that group was about how “American conditioning, socialization and history leads People of Color to internalize radicalized beliefs, ideas and behaviors about themselves, under girding the power of White Supremacy.”
The email about the training stated, “We’ll examine our complicity in the system of white supremacy . . . and begin to cultivate practices that enable us to interrupt racism in ways that are accountable to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC).”
The Seattle Office of Civil Rights manages the training sessions on racial bias, which on at least one occasion, was voluntary for city employees. The classes are part of the city’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, which was established 10 years ago.
But the training sessions last month have drawn scrutiny because participants were separated into groups based on their race.
One session was held online on June 12, the same day that the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, or CHOP, was still referred to as CHAZ, or Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. It was the same day that Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan told CNN that the protest area outside the police department’s East Precinct “could be a summer of love.”
It was also the same day the mayor and city’s police chief joined tens of thousands of people who were marching in silence as part of a Black Lives Matter Day of Reflection.
Chris Rufo, a documentary maker who filed a public disclosure request, said, “What really disturbed me was both that they are administrating these training in a race segregated manner (and) also the content of the training.”