$200,000 might seem like a drop in the bucket for the big spenders in Washington, DC, but it’s still a lot of money. For some reason, someone at the USDA thought it would be a good idea to spend that money on sensitivity training for employees. The federal workers were taught things like “The pilgrims were illegal immigrants.” After filing a Freedom of Information Act request, Judicial Watch was finally able to obtain videos from the training.
The sensitivity training sessions, described as “a huge expense” by diversity awareness trainer and self-described “citizen of the world” Samuel Betances, were held on USDA premises. The diversity event is apparently part of what USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack described in a memo sent to all agency employees as a “new era of Civil Rights” and “a broader effort towards cultural transformation at USDA.” In 2011 and 2012, the USDA paid Betances and his firm nearly $200,000 for their part in the “cultural transformation” program.
USDA Training Administrator, Vincent Loran, in an October 10, 2011, email previously revealed by Judicial Watch, asked Betances for a copy of a training video vowing to keep it secret. “It will not be used for or show [sic] in any way shape or form,” Loran promised. Nevertheless, Judicial Watch was able to obtain the video. (Read More)
Here’s one of the videos, there are more at the link. You’ll probably have to turn up the volume on your speakers to hear it.