J. D. Heyes
Feb 25, 2013
It was likely never intended for public consumption, but a video showing some bizarre “cultural sensitivity training” paid for with taxpayer dollars and put on by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been released by a legal rights organization after being alerted to the presentation by a whistleblower offended by its contents of instruction.
The group, Judicial Watch, released the previously unseen USDA video on Valentine’s Day, describing it as a “Cultural Sensitivity Training” program the agency’s employees were required to watch.
The video (links provided below) contains lessons requiring employees to bang on tables and chant in unison, “The pilgrims were illegal aliens,” while being told not to use the word “minorities” any longer; replacing it instead with “emerging majorities.”
‘A huge expense,’ this ‘cultural transformation’
Judicial Watch said it obtained the video following a Freedom of Information Act request filed in May 2012.
The sensitivity training sessions, which were described as “a huge expense” by diversity awareness trainer and self-styled “Citizen of the World” Samuel Betances, were held on USDA (also taxpayer-owned) property. The training event is “apparently part of what USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack described in a memo sent to all agencies as a ‘new era of Civil Rights’ and ‘a broader effort towards cultural transformation at USDA,’” Judicial Watch said in a press release.
In 2011 and 2012, the group said the department paid Mr. World Citizen Betances and his firm almost $200,000 in taxpayer funds for their role in the “cultural transformation” program.
Yes, America, institutionalized racism is still alive today, only it’s a racket now and it is being pushed by activists within your own government. But when their boss, who is now president, is a former “community organizer” and professional rabble-rouser, should anyone be surprised?
In an Oct. 10, 2011 email that was previously released by Judicial Watch, Agriculture Department Training Administrator Vincent Loran asked Betances for a copy of a training video, vowing to keep it under wraps.
“It will not be used for show [sic] in any way shape or form,” Loran promised in the email. Still, the legal group was able to get a copy of the video. Highlights from it include:
– USDA sensitivity training video excerpt 1 – “If you take a look at all of you here and you think about your salaries and your benefits and what you have left undone – plus my fee – plus the expense of the team that putting the video together, this is a huge expense.”
– USDA sensitivity training video excerpt 2 – “I want you to say that American was founded by outsiders – say that – who are today’s insiders, who are very nervous about today’s outsiders. I want you to say, ‘The pilgrims were illegal aliens.’ Say, ‘The pilgrims never gave their passports to the Indians.’” Betances also asked the audience, “Give me a bam,” after these statements, to which the audience replied in unison.
– USDA sensitivity training video excerpt 3 – “By the way, I don’t like the word ‘minorities.’ How about ‘emerging majorities?’”
[See a clip of the video here: http://www.wnd.com]
Cut defense, not the USDA
“This USDA diversity training video depicts out-of-control political correctness,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. “Can someone please explain how any of this helps USDA employees to better serve the American taxpayer? This video further confirms that politically-correct diversity training programs are both offensive and a waste of taxpayer money. No wonder it took over half a year to obtain this video from the Obama administration.”
The legal watchdog group also previously discovered information revealing that, in April 2011, the Department of Agriculture treated 300 of its employees to a taxpayer-financed “tasty celebration” of dishes from around the world. In addition, they received salsa dance lessons from Vincent Loran “and a rap performance by a USAD employee who shared his feelings on human differences,” the group said.
But remember, the only part of the federal budget Obama and his allies in Congress are willing to cut these days, via sequestration, is the Department of Defense, the one organization that has a constitutional role in society.
This article was posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 6:19 am