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)”
According to that attendee, the training session started out as such things normally do, but the discussion quickly turned to current events, and:
“One of the reps just mentioned the fall of Afghanistan, and laughed, saying it’s just another example of how the US ‘creates’ enemies so that they can conduct war.”
In conjunction with the antiracism training, union representatives mentioned the “attacks” on Critical Race Theory, dismissing those attacks as based on ignorance, saying:
“Critical Race Theory is under attack because it seeks to shed light on all of history. And people don’t even know what CRT is!”
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:
“My general impression from the presenters is that they have very little knowledge on constructs and concepts of culture and race. Most of what they shared with us sounds like it was developed narrative points they were given, but lacked the ability to expound upon.
See video of part of discussion here
“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. Her work includes identifying policy and practice changes, developing and facilitating anti-racism workshops, organizing biennial equity conferences and hosting a podcast, Radio Free CSU. For many years she also organized the annual Leadership Institute for newly elected officers and member activists.
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….