Additional USDA Video Excerpts Revealing Compulsory “Cultural Sensitivity Training” Program

Judicial Watch, February 21, 2013

Judicial Watch today released additional excerpts from United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) videos revealing a compulsory “Cultural Sensitivity Training” program where diversity awareness trainer and self-described “citizen of the world” Samuel Betances tells USDA employees to repeat the chant “If we work for a federal agency, we’ve discriminated in the past.” Betances also suggested to USDA employees that the United States “took over what used to be Mexico” and stated that schools are only interested in educating middle class children.

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  • “Every federal agency… I want you to say: ‘If we work for a federal agency.’ Say that. [Audience repeats] ‘We have discriminated in the past.’ [Audience repeats] Say: ‘Every federal agency,’ [Audience repeats] ‘has discriminated against African Americans,’ [Audience repeats] ‘Hispanics,’ [Audience repeats] ‘Native American Indians,’ [Audience repeats] ‘and other groups.’ [Audience repeats]. See, if you work for a federal agency, it doesn’t matter if it’s DOD, Commerce, Labor, Education, Housing, every agency has discriminated, because every agency reflects the values of the generation in charge.

  • “Mexicans came to this country last night illegally; never mind that the United States expanded and took over what used to be Mexico. If the truth be known, in a lot of these circumstances, if you tell some of these Mexicans ‘Go back where you came from,’ they go to Texas, California, Arizona. “

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The sensitivity training sessions, described as “a huge expense,” by Betances during the presentation, 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 “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.

review of federal contracts for Mr. Betances firm, Souder, Betances and Associates, at www.USASpending.gov reveals that the federal government gave the firm $3,313,244 in contracts over the last five years, $2.8 million of which was through the Department of Defense.

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  • I had one of these classes a few years ago. I tore it apart. I guess I learned something from Amren after all.
    To give the old white woman instructor some credit. I got the impression that she knew it was a load of horse manure, but was simply going through the motions.

    • The__Bobster

      When the instructors are White (and not married to chuckers themselves), they will usually give you tacit signals that you are right.

  • Fed Up

    I sent the mulatto, Mr Betances, an email politely asking him if he is insane.

    • libertarian 1234

      I sent him an email also, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be construed as polite.

  • Fed Up

    Looking for emails and contact phone numbers of those allowing this monumental waste of my taxes. At the very least, my reps and senators will be contacted.

  • MekongDelta69

    One of my most memorable and fun days was when I worked at a large corporation and we had to go to one of these North Korean indoctrination and brainwashing sessions about 10 years ago.

    I recounted the entire episode years and years ago on here (AmRen), so I won’t repeat it all again. The short version is that a couple of us (out of about 100 or so), kept challenging (i.e. haranguing) the ‘facilitator’ (weenie word for indoctrinator) during the session and telling him what b.s. everything he said was – and more importantly – why it was b.s.

    After the mind-control session was finished, I cornered the ‘facilitator’ and started giving him back as much as he tried to give us. (One of my friends was behind me – and ironically, is also an AmRen poster, so he knows this is absolutely true). He literally – and I DO mean, literally, ran out of the room, because he had nothing with which to refute me. Both of us laughed our butts off.

    I will never forget that day….

    • The__Bobster

      I’m surprised the multi-culti wienie didn’t run to the HR department to tattle on you.

      BTW, I always called my company on their bullshit, too.

      • SFLBIB

        This is “their bull”! Did you get a load out of what this guy charges his clients?

    • Non Humans

      When I first moved to and began working in A T Hell, I gave the speaker of a “Diversity” session we had to take upon hire, and annually afterwards, some hell. I did it with repetetive polite questioning, stating some statistics, and also by alluding to some recent news stories during her presentation. They really don’t have any recourse when you toss provable facts out at them. She kept getting flustered and talking in circles, then began to try to ignore me. Towards the end of it, some of the other people, who were closet realists, would begin laughing when they saw my hand go up.
      .
      A couple of days later I was in my boss’ office with 2 members of our HR dept, plus the “Diversity” speaker. They had concerns about my “behaviour” during the presentation, and the fact that I refused to sign their little agreement saying I agreed with the material and would abide. I specifically remember them asking me if I had a problem with the subject of race and that of minorities and their cultures. I told them that I have a problem with being lied to, and the subsequent attempt to be forced to sign an agreement stating that I agreed with what was presented, when I clearly did not.
      .
      I then began to privy them to a good many of my experiences with “Diversity”, and the many reasons that I would not sign their little agreement. I received my education from an indigent-care government hospital, at a time that I was fairly liberal-minded, but far short of libtarded. To sum it up briefly, personal experience trumps brainwash, and I didn’t hold back.
      .
      In the end, I received a write-up, didn’t have to sign the agreement, and was otherwise excused from “Diversity” training for the remainder of my employment with them. Small price to pay to keep my integrity nearly completely intact.

      • Tim

        In Night School I refused to sign a “Diversity Oath” , saying that I would only swear an oath for courtroom testimony or military induction…

        • SFLBIB

          Good! I’m not an attorney, but I don’t think an employer can force you to sign a loyalty oath.

        • You could justify your refusal by pointing out that if everyone in the school were committed to diversity, there would be no diversity of opinion about diversity, which must be bad, right?

      • IstvanIN

        Are you referring to Ma Bell?

      • emiledurk16

        great job !

    • SFLBIB

      You don’t mention whether you are a supervisor. It makes a big difference. As a non-sup or non-manager, you can get away with refusing to buy this garbage, but those in a management position are expected to “support” it or at least sit there in silence.

      • MekongDelta69

        I wasn’t at the time, but I assure you, that even if I had been, there would have been no way I would have done anything differently.

    • Felix_M

      Left-wing claptrap can seldom stand up to objective analysis.

    • Triarius

      Please provide a link to that recount, if there is one.

      • MekongDelta69

        I looked in the AmRen (comments) archives, and it returned 550 results, but they only go back to the beginning of 2012 (that I can see).

        I made the comment I was referring to, sometime around when AmRen went interactive (meaning you could leave comments, which were moderated before they were posted). This was long before AmRen started using Disqus, which is why I probably can’t find it.

    • Liberalsuck

      Good for you! I wish more whites were like you. It’s time to put these anti-white peddlers in their place.

  • SintiriNikos

    It’s funny how these things are always compulsory. if they were so good, people would want to take these courses on their own. If diversity was such a good thing, why would we need diversity consultants and all this indoctrination? The fact is, they know it is no good and not something people would embrace on their own. they know it’s evil. Which is why they avoid it in their own lives. as the late Joe Sobran said, Liberals are no different than Klansmen in their mating and migratory habits.

    • Liberalsuck

      “””It’s funny how these things are always compulsory. if they were so good, people would want to take these courses on their own.””

      But that’s the problem with liberalism as a whole, whether it’s communism or Islam or high taxes or diversity. None of these things are natural, healthy nor work for the long term.

      • Paleoconn

        Joe Sobran also said we should probably just ask liberals to describe a society in which they would be conservative. In other words, rather than let them incrementally extort changes and reforms from us one at a time ad infinitum, tell us now what the hell it is that you want. Because it is clear anything we concede is never enough, and you only want more, forever.

  • David Ashton

    Here is an example, Mr Engelman, of the “equality and diversity” agenda being pushed top-down on the people below. UK, US, Canada, France….why this similar pattern?

    • JohnEngelman

      I am in favor of allowing diversity to happen. I am not in favor of requiring it. I am not in favor of wasting tax payer money for programs like the one described in this article.

  • The__Bobster

    Most people don’t know that the USDA has been under a consent decree for ages because they were “manifestly deficient” in Bantus, even though their percentage was above that of the general population.

    • jane johnson

      Doesn’t the USDA administer the food stamp program?

  • NorthernWind

    It is very creepy so see this kind of stuff. Mark Levin played a clip from this on his show sometime last week. The repeat after me brainwashing is sickening. The fact that the left thinks that this is acceptable shows how out of touch with reality they are. Whatever happened to “question authority”? I guess that all along they only meant “question those who we disagree with”. Meanwhile they allow their insanity to progress.

    • At least the lamestream conservative sphere are making big hay out of this story. Of course they won’t say race or imply that the proper response is white nationalism or some variant thereof, but maybe just maybe by playing this audio/video on lamer con media, it will drive some half awake half asleep lamer con semi-drones to AR et al.

      • NorthernWind

        I think that conservatives like Mark Levin genuinely believe that a multiracial America can be as great as the past America. He often criticizes diversity fanatics and their ilk however he, like many more mainstream conservatives, only criticizes the left’s fanaticism instead of actually criticizing diversity itself.

        Mainstream conservatives are the suckers who actually fell for the 1960’s rhetoric. They believe that if only the left would only stop obsessing about race then all would be wonderful. As I said, suckers. The left completely dominates them because they adopt such spineless positions.

        • When comparing lamestream conservatives and lamestream liberals, lamestream conservatives are actually the only true race deniers of the two. Lamestream liberals don’t deny race, they just accept the wrong races.

          • SFLBIB

            Re: “…instead of actually criticizing diversity itself.”

            “I have never known a word to become absolute dogma, without a speck of evidence, the way ‘diversity’ has.” – Thomas Sowell

          • jane johnson

            I admire Thomas Sowell very much. I once saw an interview where some lib talking head was badgering him about the achievement gap, and after acknowledging that it exists, T.S. threw the guy a curve. He said that he believed that blacks have made good progress in a relatively short amount of time, (I’m paraphrasing, here), but that the reason the gap hasn’t closed further is because whites “aren’t standing still”. I’ll try to find the link, because, to me, the implication was that the gap would never close unless we, as whites, stop striving to improve ourselves. Isn’t that exactly what “our” government is trying to accomplish with A.A., minority set-asides, and all the rest of the nonsense we’ve been forced to tolerate?

          • SFLBIB

            Re: ” …the gap would never close unless we, as whites, stop striving to improve ourselves. Isn’t that exactly what “our” government is trying to accomplish with A.A., minority set-asides, and all the rest of the nonsense we’ve been forced to tolerate?”

            Not exactly. If you look at the history of these initiatives, you will see that what started out as non-discrimination based on race, etc., morphed into AA, et al, which didn’t produce the desired results [proportional “representation”], lowering of standards became necessary. Even though the advocates maintain adamantly that standards were not to be lowered, they inevitably are. I saw it up close as a supervisor. But this lowering is not official; the implementation of the rules finds ways around standards. Constitutional law Professor Lino Graglia got it right, though he was chastised for it: “The whole point of all racial preference programs is to evade and camouflage the fact that the groups preferred by the
            programs cannot otherwise compete with others for admission to selective
            institutions of higher education on the basis of the standard criteria for
            academic achievement or ability. It is necessary, therefore, that misdirection and concealment characterize every aspect of such programs. … The most common substantive argument for “affirmative action” in higher education, as in other areas, is that it provides a ‘remedy’ for disadvantages resulting from past racial discrimination. The argument is obviously fallacious in that it is not possible to remedy an injury to ‘A’ caused by ‘B’ by giving a benefit to ‘C’ at the expense of ‘D.’ … As the remedy rationale for racial preferences has become more obviously untenable, its proponents have increasingly relied on the argument that it provides a needed educational ‘diversity.’ Selection of students by race, however, provides ‘diversity’ in nothing but race. … The virtual nonexistence of blacks at the level of academic achievement required
            for admission to highly selective schools means that their admission in
            substantial numbers requires that the ordinary admission criteria be not merely bent or relaxed, but virtually ignored.”

            One thing that was never explained is why a freshman class at a top-notch school must have remedial programs for minorities who score low, as the University of Michigan did until the Supreme Court struck down that part of their admission process. Remedial instruction is one of the purposes of community colleges where a student can prepare for a rigorous university requirements.

            The bottom line on all this is that since it is a lot easier to pull something down than it is to build it up, these programs always gravitate toward the former.

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            In California, students must pass an exit exam to receive a high school diploma.

            I have watched the repeated dumbing down of this test for 10 years– first the geometry was removed. Then the algebra. Graphing disappeared. It now consists of the most basic of mathematical operations — addition and subtraction, multiplication and division- and on an elementary level. The test has become embarrassingly easy — mainly so students “of color” could receive high school diplomas. Same for the “English” portion of the test, about the hardest thing on there is something like this: Which is correct, “isnt'” or “isn’t” ?

            BUT, what is in the practice books, the newspapers and what is released to the public under the guise of “rigorous testing” is vastly different from what is on the actual test.

            And, it is for this reason I am mandated as an “official tester” to sign affidavits stating I will not copy any parts of the test. All scratch paper used in the “math” sections must be collected and returned with the tests lest Kaplan or other testing practice services go through the garbage.

            The state of California wants to keep the “real” exit exam as hidden as much as possible from the public so they can’t see how easy it is– as the state education system continues to tell the public that students who pass the exit exam have mastered all the requirements for the UCs or are ready for the “challenges” of the work force.

            And guess what? Students STILL fail the test in significant numbers.

            Bon

          • SFLBIB

            What I would dearly love is for the legislature to force the public universities to reveal the graduation rates of those admitted under AA.

            P.S. I don’t imagine that sentence diagramming is on your HS test either.

      • rebellisMMXII

        The fact that it is openly being questioned is a starting point…more and more I see realist progress with the white community (but I’m in Texas).

      • liberalsuck

        I’ve noticed more conservatives are talking about anti-white stuff more and more lately, which is good. Today I heard Rush Limbaugh saying it was a waste of time to pander to Hispanics as most wanted big government and didn’t care about immigration.

        • Which is a good thing to talk about.

          But then he said that Republicans can win the Hispanic vote by going full-fledged “conservative.” That’s contradictory.

          Reagan, as “full fledged conservative” as anyone in recent American political history, never got a majority of the Hispanic vote. The high water mark for a Republican getting the Hispanic vote in a Presidential election was Bush 43’s 40% (if that, maybe as low as 35%) in 2004, and he only got to that because he flung the border wide open and handed out affirmative action mortgages like crazy. Hardly in line with any “conservative” doctrine, unless you dumb down “conservatism” that badly.

    • SFLBIB

      It’s OK to “question authority” when you sincerely think it is wrong for good reason, but I’d be careful not to make it my default position. A guy had a “Question Authority” bumper sticker on his pick-up, and he got incensed when his kid questioned HIS authority.

  • brengunn

    I doesn’t make me angry at all. It’s a perfect piece of comedy worthy of the ‘Office’ or a similar embarrassing kind of show.

    • anonymous

      Are you kidding? I was fuming watching this! I actually flipped off my screen and called him a derogatory slur. He’s lucky I wasn’t in the room with him. That’s all I can say.

  • The sensitivity training sessions, described as “a huge expense,” by
    Betances during the presentation, were held on USDA premises.

    They’re looking for $85 billion to cut for the “sequester.” Just this sensitivity propaganda might take care of that whole amount.

    Speaking of, MSNBC acts that “cutting” $85 billion (if that) from a Federal government that spends $3500 billion will lead to total Armageddon. If the Feds do so much on the $85 billion that it won’t be able to spend anymore, then the $3415 billion it will still be able to spend should lead us to nirvana. MSNBC undercut its own “argument,” if you think it through.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      I love seeing the liberal media wetting their pants over the thought that a tiny amount of cuts may be made. “B-B-But you can’t cut muh diversity training courses!” “You can’t cut Head Start, even if it has no effect on children!” “You can’t cut [insert any non-military government expense here]!”

      According to them, cutting even a single dollar from any government program, ever, will result in millions of people starving in the streets, children working in the coal mines 14 hours a day, the KKK hanging blacks left and right, etc.

      • liberalsuck

        I tell these liberals f—kstains that if they like these liberal agendas then they can pay for them with their own dime from money they earned on their own, and not inheritance money from their dad or grandpa.

  • Shattered

    Best thing the government could do is prune their 23 million workers down to about 12 million. This guy should be the first fired then whoever hired him and then all of their supervisors.

  • guest

    This “Cultural Sensitivity Training” program seems no different than a cult whose members commit mass suicide.

  • GM (Australia)

    There is certainly BIG money to be made out of all these staff “development” programs, especially when the taxpayer is footing the bill. Some years ago I was required to attend a diversity awareness course. I went with an open mind, thought I might even learn something useful such as finding out what things might be offensive to other cultures. But no, all we did was play silly role model games, I did not learn anything, it cost my firm lots of money but at least It was a good day out with some of my work colleagues.

  • libertarian 1234

    These kinds of bizarre allegations and tactics are pretty close to what is SOP in schools and universities around the country, many of the same assertions are repeated by certain kooky academics, and, of course, this is not only standard fare among the Black/Women Studies crowd, it is pretty mild by comparison. It’s been going on for many years now.

    But this is the first time I can remember that the general public has been exposed to it in this in-your-face manner, and it has been on several web sites, radio shows and T.V. programs.

    Tom Fitton said on O’Reilly that JW has more data involving the same thing in every department, including Defense.

    I hope they do and I hope they have a chance to get the same exposure for it, because it has been devastating for the radicals.

  • bigone4u

    At universities in the University of Texas system there are mandatory annual diversity training and sexual harassment classes. I believe these have been moved from the classrom to online. As best as I can recall, these tutorials indoctrinate everyone in the far left notion that all whites and especially white men are guilty and that you have no First Amendment rights in the workplace. The latter is true. The First Amendment stops at the office door, but shouldn’t universities be encouraging speech rather than suppressing it. Academic freedom in reality only applies to far left opinions.

  • LHathaway

    any K – 12 teacher could put this lout to shame.

  • Commonsense80

    Pigsford swine! Correct me if I am wrong. Was this not the same federal agency that was found to have engaged in illegal activities for 25 years by evaluating candidates based on a comparative race average? (Thought I read about as much on here about a year ago)

    This is the go-to federalized agency for cronyism. Risk-free overpaid job to “hook up” friends and family of the federal government

    The USDA Pigsford settlement pay out is well known as the most prolific case of fraud history. Hundreds of millions have been transferred to any black, hispanic, woman who on the most flimsy of evidence claims to have been discriminated gainst as a farmer during a 20 year span. Note there have been tens of thousands more recipients of Pigsford cash than there were farmers in the US in 1980.

  • anarchyst

    REAL “discrimination” was perpetrated against white Vietnam veterans in the 1970’s. Federal vacancies for employment were supposed to give preference to Vietnam veterans, but were sidetracked to benefit “affirmative action” hires (bantus and foreigners).

  • odious liberal

    I don’t know who is worse the race-baiter teaching or the morons sitting there mindlessly repeating the propaganda.

  • The Southwest was bought and paid for by the US. The fact that the Mexican government squandered the money they received for land which had priviously been a drain on their government is not our fault.

  • SFLBIB

    “There are countries where hyping race and ethnicity has led to slaughters in the streets, but you cannot name a country where it has led to greater harmony.” – Thomas Sowell

  • rebelcelt

    That is not training that is brainwashing technique.

  • emiledurk16

    Cultural and Sensitivity Training.

    Is there a more Communist, “collectivist” phrase than that?

    Frankly I don’t give a dam about others’ culture. My (our)
    culture suits me fine.

    I’m tired of being told to be “tolerant” as if staying with
    my own is being “intolerant”

    Had to attend a mandatory “diversity” training session
    recently at work. (Note the word “training”). I refused and held out as long as
    possible but faced termination and had to acquiesce.

    I came out of there realizing that working and minding my
    own business wasn’t enough. (To them that normal behavior was being
    “intolerant”.) They wanted me to ACTIVELY “celebrate” diversity, and anything
    less was unacceptable.

    I showed up but didn’t participate at all (aside from
    physically being there).

    Wonder when we’ll see “Sensitivity” training on white
    dispossession and systematic genocide.

    I won’t hold my breath.

  • LHathaway

    “Wonder when we’ll see “Sensitivity” training on white dispossession and systematic genocide. I won’t hold my breath”.

    hehe, It’s not easy being a man in today’s world. I suspect young women will be the next ones in line for ‘sensitivity’ training. No cell phones and no missing work that day.

  • ImTellinYa

    “Diversity training” is an extremely nasty symptom of the malignant Leftist pathology and tyranny that has emerged more or less victorious over the past 50-60 years. As with all Leftist ideas, programs, laws, etc. it is at bottom an attempt to rationalize something that simply isn’t true. Leftists are, among other horrible things, people who use ALL of their intelligence and most of their time constructing tortuous justifications and rationalizations for utter lies and fantasies.

    In order to implement these lies and fantasies, they must either convince everyone that what they say is true or force us to openly agree if we aren’t convinced. And that is why all Leftist governments end up as dysfunctional tyrannies. It is the only way they can work, because if people are allowed to bluntly state the truth, then the Leftist lies will unravel completely.

    And that is the purpose of “Political Correctness.” It is a typically dishonest term thought up by Leftist brats at the universities to describe what is actually Soviet-style oppression. They slip it into official use by first forbidding college students from exercising free speech and from there it spreads to the corporate world. In the corporate world political correctness first enters the legal realm as it is enforced by government-supported and facilitated lawsuits by government-approved members of the official victim classes.

    So now we have college students deprived of free speech by the dictate of the college administrators. We have corporate workers deprived of freedom of speech by the threat of losing their jobs by cowardly/Leftist corporations who surrender to frivolous lawsuits by lively, vibrant, diverse parasites.

    The next step is that tyranny and the loss of our freedom of speech is enshrined in the law. That has already happened in Canada and most of Europe. In the United States the Leftist tyrants have already defined certain things as “Hate” speech, and it goes way beyond expression of opinion. Certain unassailable facts are also defined as “Hate” speech. Our witty friends at Vdare call these “Hate Facts.” The extremely useful and perfectly reasonable emotion of hate itself would be proscribed for Whites.

    It bears pointing out that hate is a perfectly appropriate emotion for some circumstances. For instance, I hate the Leftist scum and their lively, vibrant, diverse foot soldiers for destroying White countries and White civilization. What they are doing is pure evil. The fact that for White Leftists what they are doing is also self-destructive only proves that the Leftist agenda is literally a manifestation of mental illness. Leftism is pathological.

    The government already partners with those would-be tyrants and cynical extortion artists at the SPLC; relying on them to help define who the government’s enemies will be. And those enemies are exclusively productive, White, Christian Americans. In other words, the government is now the enemy of its own country and its only productive, moral class of citizens.

    I’ve already read a few bland, reasonable-sounding proposals by prominent American scholars and intellectuals (read Leftist scum) who assure us that the next “progressive” step in our march to Earthly utopia is to outlaw certain speech; speech that will be defined as it occurs by the nuanced, tortuous liars that have already imposed such tyranny on schools and private businesses. You won’t know if what you say is against the law until they come to take you away.

    The government is itching to disarm us, dispossess us and shut us up. They have succeeded to the point that there is no more room to compromise in order to hope for better days. The fatal damage has been done and it is immense. The de facto White party in government, the Republicans, are now useless. In the last presidential election, that coward Romney essentially said nothing at all in opposition to the Leftist evil epitomized by that affirmative-action parasite and criminal tyrant Obama.

    The Time magazine cover featuring that other affirmative-action parasite Rubio might as well have featured the Republican leadership groveling in the dirt. Rubio is indistinguishable from a disgusting Democrat, and is a symptom of the Leftist fantasy that our little Brown and Black brothers will somehow be our saviors instead of the parasitic dispossessors and violent enemies that they are.

    What to do? I can’t say. I know, but I can’t say.

  • What is most disturbing about this video is not the Latino clown on the stage, but the white saps in the audience. How much degradation could be imposed on them before they say “enough”?

    • KingKenton

      Probably an infinite amount…

  • Zapp Branigan

    3.3 million dollars to be “educated” by this man? This is an obvious con artist pulling a scam, how does such a ridiculous amount of money get approved for such drivel?

  • These kinds of training are crap.