According to Fox News Digital, the radical “mandatory” critical race theory training that advocated an “equity lens,” “antiracism,” and “safe spaces” was mandated for all New York City employees.
“The training provides all NYC workers with a framework to grasp the importance of racial fairness in the workplace,” according to a municipal email that Fox News Digital was able to get.
Race has a “genuine influence on people’s lives,” according to the training materials, despite having “neither a genetic nor a scientific foundation.” It claimed that the concept of race was created by society to “justify systems of power, privilege, exclusion, and injustice.”
The goal of the required training was to inform city workers about the many forms of racism, including “individual,” “institutional,” and “structural.”
The program defined “institutional racism as policies, practices, patterns, and structures inside private and public organizations that impose repressive or other adverse circumstances on readily identifiable groups on the basis of ethnicity or race.”
“Racism that permeates several institutions and is ingrained in politics, society, and other facets of daily life is known as structural racism or systematic racism. By designing a system that has a worse effect on communities of color than on White communities,” it continued.
According to a person acquainted with the training, the source is worried that the city intends to use an “equity lens” when it comes to recruiting procedures.
The source stated that “the discussion of equality and how we must view individuals through a specific lens “contradicted” the notion that we should treat everyone equally.”
The person said, “I disagree with what they would like us to do as city employees. They want the contracts with the city and the hiring from the city to be viewed through this prism, according to the [racial equity training]. And I consider it to be really unjust. Their claimed assertions that everyone should be treated equally are contradicted by this.”
By including “antiracism training” and “safe places” in the workplace, the training pushed staff to adopt an “equity perspective.”
“To encourage equality. Accept the possibility that there may be an issue. Learn about institutional racism and the possibility of racial injustice in the workplace,” the instruction said. “Understand the prevalent cultural patterns at work and if they are advancing or preventing your objectives for diversity, equity, and inclusion.”
Additionally, it cautioned workers against “unconscious bias,” which “occurs when our brains make snap judgments and analyze individuals and circumstances without us consciously knowing or perceiving it,” according to the statement.
By March 6, all New York City employees must have finished the “racial equality” course.