Transportation Department employee training says women, non-White people are 'oppressed'
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FIRST ON FOX – A Department of Transportation employee training informed staffers that non-White people, women and non-citizens are “oppressed” in the U.S., according to training documents reviewed by Fox News.
Training materials obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request show DOT employees are encouraged to turn the government agency into an “anti-racist multicultural organization,” and are given charts that track and help quantify their status as “agents” of “privileged groups” or “targets” within “oppressed groups.”
“How do we measure success in diversity work?” one slideshow asks employees. “How do we measure success in equity work?”
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg speaks during the daily briefing at the White House on Nov. 8, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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“None of us asked for this. None of us are responsible for the past; but all of us are responsible for how we show up in the present and for our part in creating the future,” the training slideshow states. “Even as we talk about racial equity, racism is playing out.”
Buttigieg speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Nov. 8, 2021.
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The DOT is currently headed by former presidential candidate and current Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, who was confirmed early in President Biden’s term.
The training goes on to explain the concepts of “individual racism,” “institutional racism” and “structural racism.” Charts and a continuum are provided, giving examples of oppressors and oppression — including “non-citizens” oppressed by “citizens” via “nationalism.”
Buttigieg speaks during a television interview outside the White House in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021.
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Charts included in the presentation also cite “cisgender men” as oppressors of “cisgender women,” “Trans*” and “intersex” individuals via sexism, and “middle aged” people as oppressors of “youth and elders” via “ageism.”
The DOT training also warns that simply choosing not to be racist or prejudiced is not enough, saying, “Attempting to suppress or deny biased thoughts can actually increase bias action rather than eradicate it.”
The session took place on May 3 of this year, according to dates listed on the documents.
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