USDA Hosts “Cultural Sensitivity Training” Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently hosted a mandatory “Cultural Sensitivity Training” Program that has left the federal agency curiously under fire, as employees were implored to bang on tables and chant, “The pilgrims were illegal aliens.”

I know, sounds like an article from the Onion. But, believably, it ain’t.

Just an amusing sidebar: The lead trainer of the meeting said he doesn’t like the word “minorities.” Yeah, he prefers to call these sorts of folks “emerging majorities.”

Judicial Watch published videos of the three-hour session on its website, after waiting nine months for its Freedom of Information Act request. Here’s how the group described the controversy:

The sensitivity training sessions, described as “a huge expense” by diversity awareness trainer and self-described “citizen of the world” Samuel Betances, were held on USDA premises. The diversity event is apparently part of what USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack described in a memo sent to all agency employees as a “new era of Civil Rights” and “a broader effort towards cultural transformation at USDA.”  In 2011 and 2012, the USDA paid Betances and his firm nearly $200,000 for their part in the “cultural transformation” program.

USDA Training Administrator, Vincent Loran, in an October 10, 2011, email previously revealed by Judicial Watch, asked Betances for a copy of a training video vowing to keep it secret. “It will not be used for or show [sic] in any way shape or form,” Loran promised.  Nevertheless, Judicial Watch was able to obtain the video.

This is obnoxious — not just the taxpayer expense for so-called “diversity awareness,” but the utter ridiculousness of propagating on this enigmatic “new era of Civil Rights” garbage. Americans already have civil rights. This isn’t the 19th century. Hell, it’s not even the 20th century.

If they want to bitch and moan about a lack of tolerance in America, they should go visit Iran, Iraq, and virtually every other nation in the Middle East.