Yale Professor Says Diversity Workshops Are Turning White Men With Into ‘Full Blown Explicit Racists’

Prof. says “seriously worried” about DEI workshops.

  • Yale professor Jason Stanley said in a recent tweet that Diversity Equity and Inclusion workshops likely undercut their own mission by making the problem of bias worse.
  • “From my limited anecdotal perspective, DEI workshops take white men who have unconscious anti-Black racial prejudice and turn them into full blown explicit racists,” Stanley said Friday in a now-deleted tweet. “I hope that’s not happening at scale.”
  • “I believe in the goals of these workshops and I agree with many of their presuppositions about reality,” he continued. “But I am seriously worried about their effectiveness.”
  • A similar sentiment was voiced by Ibram X. Kendi (born Henry Rogers) who is one of the most well-known and prolific “anti-racist” authors and leaders of the Black Lives Matter and affiliated movements.
  • Last year Kendi publicly grieved the “concerted backlash” against what he called the “anti-racist” ideology.
  • “I do think there’s a concerted backlash from people who recognize that this time last year a growing number of Americans were either speaking out against racism or growing an awareness of the problem of racism,” Kendi said.
  • “That growing awareness has put a spotlight on certain policies and certain ideas and even certain people who have been facilitating systemic racism and so those very people are like, ‘How do we turn off the spotlight? How do we make the problem the people identifying us and our racism as the actual problem as opposed to racism itself?’”
  • The principles behind DEI workshops lean on the idea that white people all have conscious or unconscious bias against people of color.
  • If Stanley’s analysis is correct, the DEI framework would preclude the campaign’s methods, based on its own assumptions.