Once again, the battle is raging between those who look on the establishment of the United States as successful nation building and those who would denigrate America’s founders as slave owning racists who murdered the native inhabitants. In keeping with the revisionist view of history, the USDA (The US Department of Agriculture) spent $200,000 of the taxpayer’s money on sensitivity training. As part of the program, lecturer, and “citizen of the world,” Samuel Betances conducted a group session during which he ordered the audience to chant “The Pilgrims were illegal aliens” and “America was founded by outsiders who are today’s insiders.”
Concerned citizens are asking why the Obama Administration is spending large sums of money on sensitivity training when our nation is 16 trillion dollars in debt. They want to know why the training was not intended for public disclosure even though it was funded with public money.
Maintaining the lecture’s secrecy was apparently of great concern to the US Department of Agriculture. When USDA Training Administrator Vincent Loran asked Mr. Betances for a copy of the video, he sent him an email to assure him the lecture would never be made available to the public:
“It will not be used for or show [sic] in any way shape or form.”
Conservative government accountability watchdog Judicial Watch heard about the training and filed a Freedom of Information Act request in May of 2012 to obtain a video of the lecture. They finally received a copy of the information nine months later.
One might wonder what is so unusual about the presentation that our government forced the taxpayers to sue in order to view the material? Did the USDA have concerns about the content of the lecture, or was there something more sinister involved?
The answer to this question is rather interesting. Mr. Betances, according to his own words, received his training from former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. Michelle Obama worked for Mayor Daley, and many members of the Obama Administration have deep connections to the Daley machine and progressive politics.
Among those Obama officials from Chicago is former White House Chief of Staff William M. Daley, brother of Mayor Richard M. Daley and son of Mayor Richard J. Daley. Curious taxpayers wonder if Mr. Betances’ company was selected to produce the lecture on merit or because of his ties to the Daley family?
Judicial Watch also expressed great concern over the attitude expressed in the lectures, which they see as nothing less than political correctness run amok and an attempt to demonize White males. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton spoke on behalf of his organization:
“This USDA diversity training video depicts out-of-control political correctness. Can someone please explain how any of this helps USDA employees to better serve the American taxpayer? This video further confirms that politically correct diversity-training programs are both offensive and a waste of taxpayer money. No wonder it took over half a year to obtain this video from the Obama administration.”
While Americans are certainly divided on the future direction of our nation, many citizens are highly offended by the relentless attack on our culture. They wonder why the Federal government spends money to deliver a message that is hostile to the accomplishments of our nation and the good works of those who came before us.
As a taxpayer, you must decide if our government should be spending your tax dollars on sensitivity training or if the money would be better spent on feeding the hungry and educating our children. Should we spend our energy sub-dividing America into racial and social groups, or will America become the post-racial nation Obama promised before he was elected in 2008?
Here are some of the comments and videos by Samuel Betances. Read them for yourself and decide if you think our government should spend our dwindling resources on “diversity training.”
“White males founded the USDA! Say ‘Thank you, white males.’ I know it got stuck, some of you couldn’t get it out. I understand. Let’s try that again. Go ahead. Notice I’m not saying, ‘Thank you for slavery, or sexism, or what happened to the indigenous Native American folks.’ I’m saying thank you for what? I’m saying, ‘Thank you for establishing the agency in which those of us that are not white males seek to play a larger role.’ We’ve got grievances! This institution, like all federal institutions, have not been fair.”
“I want you to say that America was founded by outsiders – say that – who are today’s insiders, who are very nervous about today’s outsiders. I want you to say, ‘The Pilgrims were illegal aliens.’ Say, ‘The Pilgrims never gave their passports to the Indians.’”