According to documentation obtained by the Manhattan Institute's Chris Rufo, the program organized by the FBI's Office of Diversity and Inclusion strives to educate FBI employees on the topic of intersectionality, as well as how one can deconstruct their own identities.
The objectives of the program are as follows: "Define 'Intersectionality' and review the history of the term; Reflect on identity and engage with our own intersections; Discuss the role of intersectionality in our work; Learn tips and tricks for increasing inclusion in the workplace."
After breaking down identity into the eight characteristics of a person believed by the FBI to be the most valuable, participants of the program are invited to reflect upon themselves.
Participants are asked several questions about which aspects of their identity they think are most and least aware of on a daily basis, as well as which aspects they feel are transparent, or hardest to discuss with others, and which they'd want to learn more about.
The program concludes by teaching participants how inclusion can be employed in the workplace, and what steps can be taken to achieve it.
Lately, critical race theory has exploded from the annals of higher education into everyday life, showing up everywhere from elementary school curriculum to the training programs of federal agencies. While some perceive it as a harmless lens through which racial inequities can be exposed and analyzed, many have termed it divisive and harmful.
Meanwhile, The Department of Justice has ordered the FBI to meet with local governments and law enforcement to address strategies for dealing with mounting threats to teachers and school board members spurred by a conservative backlash against discussions of race in public schools.
“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values,” Attorney General Merrick Garland announced in his memorandum to FBI Director Christopher Wray, published Monday.
“Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their work without fear for their safety.”
Garland cited a spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against public school officials as the reason for the memo.
School board meetings across the nation have been derailed by a furor over “critical race theory,” which generally is not taught at the K-12 level and rather is an academic theory studied in college. Critical race theory is the study of the intersection of race and U.S. law.