New York City employees must participate in racial equity training by March, according to a news report Monday that equates the curriculum to critical race theory, which essentially makes the argument America’s institutions are inherently racist.
“The training provides all NYC employees with a framework to understand … the importance of racial equity… in the workplace,” reads an excerpt of an email to city employees obtained and posted by Fox News Digital.
The training reportedly states race has no scientific basis and it was instead invented to oppress others, also according to the email.
“Race has no genetic or scientific basis,” the training reads, also according to Fox. “It is a social construct created to classify people on the arbitrary basis of skin color and other physical features,” the training said. “Despite this, race has a very real impact on people’s lives. This is because our society has used race to establish and justify systems of power, privilege, exclusion and oppression.”
The deadline to receive the training, which according to the news report appears to also include contract employees, in March 6.
“I do not agree with what they want us to do as city employees,” an unnamed source told the news outlet about the matter. The [racial equity training] leads me to believe that they want the contracts with the city and the hiring from the city being looked at through this lens. And that’s what I think is really unfair.”