The FBI has created a training program steeped in critical race theory in hopes of getting agents to reflect on what role intersectionality plays both in their professional and personal lives.
According to documentation obtained by the Manhattan Institute's Chris Rufo, the program set up by the FBI's Office of Diversity and Inclusion aims to educate FBI employees on the topic of intersectionality, as well as how one can deconstruct their own identities.
The objectives of the program are as follows: "Define 'Intersectionality' and review the history of the term; Reflect on identity and engage with our own intersections; Discuss the role of intersectionality in our work; Learn tips and tricks for increasing inclusion in the workplace."
After breaking down identity into the eight characteristics of a person deemed by the FBI to be the most important, participants of the program are invited to reflect upon themselves.
Participants are asked a number of questions surrounding which aspects of their identity they feel are most and least aware of on a daily basis, as well as which aspects they feel are invisible, or hardest to discuss with others, and which they'd like to learn more about.
The program concludes by showing participants how inclusion can be utilized in the workplace, and what steps can be taken to achieve it.
Recently, critical race theory has exploded from the annals of higher education into everyday life, showing up everywhere from elementary school curriculum to the training programs of federal agencies. While some see it as a harmless lens via which racial inequities can be exposed and analyzed, many have termed it divisive and harmful.