Hundreds of U.S. Army soldiers at Fort Gordon, Georgia, were subjected to a briefing about the dangers of "white privilege."
According to Judicial Watch, in April 2015, soldiers in the 67th Signal Battalion were given a presentation called "Power and Privilege," which included a PowerPoint presentation instructing the attendees, "Our society attaches privilege to being white and male and heterosexual."
Anna Kooiman reported on "Fox and Friends" this morning that Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get any documents and materials related to the briefing.
The response to the request included the entire Equal Opportunity Training PowerPoint presentation entitled "Power and Privilege," which states:
Privilege exists when one group has something of value that is denied to others simply because of the groups they belong to, rather than because of anything they've done or failed to do.
Privilege has become one of those loaded words we need to reclaim so that we can use it to name and illuminate the truth
Race privilege gives whites little reason to pay a lot of attention to African Americans or to how white privilege affects them. "To be white in American [sic] means not having to think about it" [Quotation not attributed]
Our society attaches privilege to being white and male and heterosexual regardless of your social class.
Imagine a school or a workplace where all kinds of people feel comfortable showing up. [sic] valued, accepted, supported, appreciated, respected, belonging. [sic] Something very powerful keeps this from us.
The truth of this powerful forces [sic] is everywhere, but we don't know how to talk about it and so we act as though it doesn't exist
The trouble we're in privileges [sic] some groups at the expense of others.
It creates a yawning divide in levels of income, wealth, dignity, safety, health and quality of life.
It promotes fear, suspicion, discrimination, harassment, and violence.
Consider the "black woman" in Africa who has not experienced white racism and does not identify herself as a "black woman." African, a woman, but not black.
A spokesperson for the Army responded to the outrage last April by saying that the diversity briefing was not officially authorized.
"The unit [Equal Opportunity] instructor deviated from the authorized topic and content which was provided," Army spokeswoman Capt. Lindsay Roman said at the time. "To prevent further instances, all unit instructors will receive additional training on the importance of following Army EO training requirements."
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