Did Taxpayers Pay for White Privilege Training?

Why is it that white people are being attacked? Without ever showing signs of being racist in the workplace, they’re being singled out and forced to take training programs that accuse them of white privilege.

Now, Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican out of Arkansas, is demanding answers.

It seems that a defense contractor held a three-day training program titled “White Men as Full Diversity Partners.”

Lockheed Martin held the training program for white male executives so that their “white male privilege” could be deconstructed.

Not only is it wrong, but as a defense contractor, it means that taxpayer dollars may have actually paid for the training.

Exactly what are our taxpayer dollars going toward these days? There’s no way that innocent white men should have to sit through training where they’re torn down only to be built back up as “antiracist” executives.

Cotton addressed Jim Taiclet, the CEO of Lockheed Martin, to verify a few details of the program. The senator’s main concern is that if the training occurred the way that it has been portrayed, it violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Specifically, it “forbids employers from discriminating on the basis of race and engaging in any activities that ‘limit, segregate, or clarify [their] employees.”

Throughout the training, employees were asked to list connotations for “White men.” Some of the responses included “privileged,” “anti-women,” and “KKK.”

Perhaps the most confusing aspect is what the trainers deduced. The roots of the white male culture link to traits of a “can-do” attitude and hard work.

Wait, is this a bad thing?

Most employers want to have all of their employees have a can-do attitude and work hard.

Nope. According to the trainers of this event, it can be “devastating” to women and minorities.

Excuse me? This has to be one of the most insulting things to ever be said out loud. Men and women of every color are capable of a can-do attitude and working hard. To attribute that solely to white men is beyond insulting. And, it’s as if the trainers are giving a pass to women and minorities so that they don’t have to work hard.

Allegedly, the training also had the employees review various statements that the trainers considered were privileges enjoyed by three distinct groups: white people, men, and heterosexuals. Some of the statements included “I can commit acts of terrorism, violence or crime and not have it attributed to my race” and “I can take and develop photos of my toddler at bath time without having my motivation questioned.”

Do the trainers assume that all white men are closet sociopaths? Do the trainers suggest that those who are not white men are being accused of being child molesters?

Cotton has asked Taiclet to explain how the training, if it occurred, complies with Title VII. The training segregates based on race and sex and relies heavily on stereotypes.

Lockheed Martin receives taxpayer funding, so they need to be scrutinized for this kind of training.

One Lockheed Martin spokesperson explained that the company will employ a variety of vendors and they are continuously evaluated to determine if the training programs are not only effective but also aligned with the company’s values.

The “White Men as Full Diversity Partners” training shouldn’t match up to any company’s values – especially those that are using taxpayer dollars in any capacity.

This kind of training does the opposite of what it’s intended to do. Instead of focusing on equality, it becomes divisive. It picks on white people and blames them for any wrongdoing that minorities have ever faced.

Where is the equality training? Where is the training where everyone is placed into a single room and told how to get along with one another?

Just as Critical Race Theory has no place in the classrooms, white privilege training has no place in the boardrooms.