This—the George Floyd Freakout, the indoctrination in schools and colleges, the submissive endorsement of the irredeemably dishonest, racist and Marxist Black Lives Matter and its fellow travelers, the Red Scare-reminiscent punishing and shunning of dissenters, the political and partisan enforcement of laws as journalists remain silently complicit—you know, this, has begun to make me think I’m in another remake of “Invasion of the Body-Snatchers.” What never made any sense in any of the versions (the original, with Keven McCarthy and directed by Don Siegel of “Dirty Harry” fame was the best) is that aliens could take over the minds and bodies of millions of Americans across the country without anyone figuring it out, and without the news media warning the world with front page headlines and “how to stop the pod people” features. It also seemed absurd that only McCarthy and his friends (or in the much grosser but less creepy re-make, Donald Sutherland and his friends) were the only humans who appeared to have the will and the gumption to try to resist the invasion.
I also have found myself pondering the end of “Three Days of the Condor,” when Robert Redford tells a horrified CIA official that he has passed on evidence of the agency’s lawless and murderous ways to the New York Times. Who or what can be trusted today to blow the whistles when it is the increasingly totalitarian Left moving to take over minds and destroy democracy?
This story (and stumbling on the Sutherland “Invasion” last night) prompted my fevered reverie….
The city of Seattle held an employee training session for white staffers demanding that they ‘undo their own whiteness’ and be accountable to “people of color.” A handout distributed in the session explained that “racism is not our fault but we are responsible;” another declared that white staffers must give up “the land” and their “guaranteed physical safety” in order to be an “accomplice” for racial justice.
This was discovered after Christopher F. Rufo, an editor for City Journal and director of the Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth and Poverty, filed a public records request regarding the training session. The documents confirm that the Office of Civil Rights hosted a two-and-a-half-hour “Training on Internalized Racial Superiority for White People.” In his article titled, “Cult Programming In Seattle,” Rufo writes,
At the beginning of the session, the trainers explain that white people have internalized a sense of racial superiority, which has made them unable to access their “humanity” and caused “harm and violence” to people of color. The trainers claim that “individualism,” “perfectionism,” “intellectualization,” and “objectivity” are all vestiges of this internalized racial oppression and must be abandoned in favor of social-justice principles. In conceptual terms, the city frames the discussion around the idea that black Americans are reducible to the essential quality of “blackness” and white Americans are reducible to the essential quality of “whiteness”—that is, the new metaphysics of good and evil.
Once the diversity trainers have established this basic conceptual framework, they encourage white employees to “practice self-talk that affirms [their] complicity in racism” and work on “undoing [their] own whiteness.” As part of this process, white employees must abandon their “white normative behavior” and learn to let go of their “comfort,” “physical safety,” “social status,” and “relationships with some other white people.”
Rufo notes, “As writer James Lindsay has pointed out, this is not the language of human resources; it is the language of cult programming—persuading members they are defective in some predefined manner, exploiting their emotional vulnerabilities, and isolating them from previous relationships.”
Read Rufo’s whole piece, then wonder how Seattle can get away with this. Fox News picked up the story; so far, I haven’t whiffed it on any of the good, progressive news sources. Google News, so far, shows only a few conservative sources like the Washington Examiner expressing any alarm by reporting the story.
More disturbing to me is that there is no indication that the white employees reacted to this Orwellian session as they should have. They had a duty as Americans to stand up, confront the trianers, protest, walk out, and issue a letter to the public. I know that Seattle is a lost cause; too bad. The targets of the indoctrination had an obligation to warn everyone who wasn’t already a pod person that they were in danger.
Don’t tell me it would be hard; I know it’s hard: I’ve done the equivalent on three occasions in my life. (My dad was even more prolific.) Once it got me fired. None were as sinister as what happened in Seattle, and I sure as hell wouldn’t sit there and accept Manchurian Candidate programming like that without 1) stating my objections 2) telling the group that they should walk out with me and 3) telling the story far and wide.
The pod people are here. They’re here. But they only prevail if those dedicated to American values and democracy lack the courage and integrity to do their duty.
Addendum: I just saw Althouse’s post on this, and she emphasizes that the training was “voluntary.” True, participants were “invited” in an email, but my many years in the workforce for various organizations has taught me that when the boss “asks” you to do something, it isn’t truly voluntary.