(Presidentialwire.com)- Asking an Asian person for help with math is a form of microaggression. There is no such thing as reverse racism. Men can become pregnant.
These are only a handful of the ideas indoctrinated to federal employees in diversity training and presentations in 2021. The papers described in a December 30 editorial demonstrate how once-peripheral views have permeated the federal bureaucracy, from the Department of Veterans Affairs to NASA and the military.
According to one NASA instructional manual, attempting to be colorblind “really limits us.” Another defines “microaggressions.” Examples of the phrases include “America is a melting pot” and “don’t you want a family?” as well as “asking an Asian person to aid with a math or scientific problem.”
The emphasis on subjective experience extends to the Army, where a scenario about a soldier who wishes to “share his newly confirmed pregnancy” is featured in two pieces of training, one for commanders and one for “special staff.”
Another scenario blurs the line between gender and biology by picturing a urine collector uneasy witnessing soldiers who are not “the same biological gender as the observer.”
Many of these presentations followed President Joe Biden’s signing of an executive order in June 2021 urging agencies to increase their diversity initiatives. “Such training programs should provide federal employees, supervisors, and leaders with knowledge of systemic and institutional racism and bias, as well as an expanded understanding of implicit and unconscious bias,” according to the directive.
The lessons are not cheap: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alone spent more than $300,000 on dozens of diversity training from 2020 to 2021, including “Let’s Talk About Systemic Racism, Unconscious Bias, and Privilege,” “Silence is a Statement: Understanding Race in the Workplace,” and “Bambi vs. Godzilla: Dealing with Different, Diverse, and Sometimes Difficult People.”
Cartoons are used in several presentations to demonstrate developing topics. The now-famous “genderbread” diagram, featured in primary school curricula, is included in the Department of Veterans Affairs training.
A National Endowment for the Arts presentation contrasts “equality” with “equity” by juxtaposing two images of people watching a baseball game from behind a fence—one in which people of different heights are on equal footing and the other in which shorter people are given a larger leg up than taller ones.
“Justice,” the cartoon says, would entail completely ripping down the fence.
Because capitalism is bad?
Is this where we are with our government agencies now?
Joe McCarthy was right.