Jennifer Van Laar, RedState, August 23, 2021
During last week’s two-day mandatory “antiracism” training for members of the California Faculty Association leaders went just a bit further than many Critical Race Theory sessions – including laughing over the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
The union, also known as CALFAC, is the exclusive collective bargaining agent for all faculty in the 23-campus California State University system, including lecturers, professors, counselors, librarians, and coaches.
As expected, its objectives were the same-old, same-old, according to screenshots provided exclusively to RedState by an attendee:
- Understand the pillars holding up White Supremacy
- Remind us of our nation’s history and how it has normalized racism in an array of dynamics – historical, cultural, institutional, and interpersonal
- Understand key definitions of racism (individual, interpersonal, structural, and institutional)
At the beginning of the second day, the attendee described a creepy group exercise CALFAC representatives led:
First, we were all asked to say where we *feel* our race in our bodies, and answers were solicited.
The attendee, who teaches courses in cultural and social competency, told RedState:
Most of everything discussed [simply] included the following messages, repeated:
- We are living under a white supremacy
- Certain groups (minorities) who don’t support these messages are actually just co-opted and attempting to act as “model minorities”
- History is only taught from one side
The training was led by Audrena Redmond, who serves as the union’s Program Director for Anti-Racism Social Justice work:
Redmond is also the co-founder of Black Lives Matter – Long Beach and the Director of Political Education for Black Lives Matter, which might explain her answer to questions from two – white – female members pushing back on her characterizations of “white” culture.
The first woman disputed Redmond’s assertion that there was just one “white culture.”
Redmond affirmed her position, replying, “That would be — yes, that’s the dominant white culture in America — in America, is WASP.”
Another participant then followed up, asking, “Can I ask, then, what your definition of this WASP white culture is?”
Redmond replied (emphasis added):
“I mean, I have my whole list of narratives, right, for me. And for me it is – it’s – none of it’s good, if you’re gonna ask me what my narratives are, for the most part. So — but if you think — remember yesterday I talked about the founding of “White” as — as codified into law, what it meant to be “White”? And so I’ll start — so I’ll stay with that. Which at that time it was — WASP was first, White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, from England, from Britain, under the King, King James and those folks, and then everybody else who was acceptable enough was considered — was considered as secondary whites. So I’ll stay with that.
So in America, as “White” was codified into law, White Anglo-Saxon Protestant was at the top of what that means. So I could do my own list of narratives, but we’ll move to the next group. But is that good?