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Seattle libraries implement racial segregation in the name of social justice

The King County library in Washington State have been holding "separate but equal" training sessions for their employees, all in the name of social justice.

Ari Hoffman Seattle, WA
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The King County library in Washington State have been holding "separate but equal" training sessions for their employees, all in the name of social justice.

According to Chris Rufo, filmmaker is the director of the Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth & Poverty, "…at the King County Library System, a private consulting firm called Racial Equity Consultants recently held racially-segregated "listening sessions" as part of the library's ongoing racial justice programs.

The consultants "begin with an anti-oppression framework" and use segregated sessions in order to root out "institutional privileges and systemic inequities embedded in the current socio-political conditions that influence and affect our institutions."

The consultants discovered widespread "institutional racism" in the library system—and dismissed employees who reported "not experiencing or witnessing racism while working at KCLS" as likely suffering from the false consciousness of "internalized racism." When reached by e-mail, Racial Equity Consultants said it was not authorized to comment.

Rufo told The Post Millennial that the pictures of the signs for the training sessions he posted on social media today came from a whistleblower and reminded him "…signs on (segregated) water fountains in the 1950's."

"Segregation was wrong in the 1950's and it is wrong today, especially in King County named after Martin Luther King, Jr." Rufo said.

According to Rufo, similar sessions are being held at the Veterans Administration Puget Sound (VAPS) facility and the King County Prosecutor's Office. At the VAPS "the local leadership has launched a series of racially-segregated 'caucuses' for "individuals who identify as white," "individuals who identity as African American or Black," and "individuals who identity as people of color."

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg and senior staff have recently required employees to sign a "equity and social justice" pledge and assigned "continued training for white employees," who must "do the work" to "learn the true history of racism in our country." Rufo said that every time he writes an article or posts a picture from the sessions, more whistleblowers come forward.

Washington State government officials, especially those in King County and Seattle have been infusing "critical race theory" into their policies and trainings including in public schools.

Earlier this year, The Post Millennial exposed critical race theory practices and curriculum being practiced and taught in Seattle schools. Seattle public schools released a plan to bring students back into the classroom from remote learning, but differentiated the priorities for who should come back first based on many factors involving a measure of those who are most marginalized. Per the guidelines, "students furthest from educational justice," and "students of color" would be given priority on returning to school for face-to-face instruction.

Documents from the Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Rehkdahl outlined the phased approach prioritizing grade level, such as "serve all elementary students first," or "serve students furthest from educational justice first, including students with disabilities, English learners, students experiencing homelessness, students experiencing poverty, students of color, and other student groups."

This past summer, Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau sent an email to students only, saying: "This country has a long history of oppressing people of color, especially Black and African American people. The last couple weeks we have seen demonstrations of systematic racism on full display across our country to the point of murder of Black people. I share in the horror and sadness displayed by the police systems across the country and by some officers here in our own city."

Students in Washington as young as 11-years-old to refer to a riot as an "uprising" and rioters as "freedom fighters" and that "cops are racist." Students were even encouraged to donate to bail-funds that have recently been tied to helping release an accused child rapist.

Adams Elementary School PTA in Ballard, rather than teach about the achievements and history of African Americans in America for Black History Month in February, provided a curriculum loaded with links to progressive ideology including racism against whites, sexual topics, anti police, glorifying racist politicians and even recommending anti Israel books written by known anti-Semites. The "Social Justice" reading recommendations outline the complete ideology.

Over the summer The Post Millennial uncovered that University of Washington had decided to create "race-based caucuses and affinity groups" to help "…organizations advance equity, diversity and inclusion goals by providing a formal resource for staff and leaders to acknowledge, discuss and dismantle oppressive systems from within by starting with the difficult conversations." UW segregated these caucuses into three: the "Black caucus," the "People of Color caucus," and the "White caucus." Each has their own separate meeting schedule.

In digging further into the UW source list and what is truly behind this exercise it also recommends "In defense of looting" and  notes that "…finally, this New York Times article is a great primer for the reasons behind asks to defund the police: Why it's time to stop funding the police."

The Washington State Department of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) sent an email to employees framing their affinity groups as: "…trying to respond to the needs and concerns expressed by staff in the Impacts of COVID-19 Survey."One of the concerns expressed by staff was insufficient engagement with supervisors and peers. Folks reported feelings of isolation when dealing with problems and extreme stress and asked for more support."

DYFS created "Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Opportunities," including a "White Affinity Group" and a "Black Affinity Group," each of which had their own "gatherings."

Rufo's exposes has triggered a Department of Justice investigation into critical race theory in government institutions in Seattle and was cited as contributing to President Donald Trump's ban on critical race theory being used in federal agencies.

Government agencies mentioned in this article have not responded to requests for comment as of the time of publishing.

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