(TargetLiberty.org) – A Tennessee school district gave its staff members a voluntary training detailing how “White Christian” people were privileged while those in polyamorous relationships or belonging to minorities were oppressed.
A public records request for the document showed that the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System had offered a presentation during the ENGAGE conference on the topic on July 19. The presentation was then sent to Parents Defending Education (PDE).
In the presentation the key point promoted was the idea of using diversity and inclusion in order to help people better connect, as well as show people how they can better respond against cultural and racial bias. As part of the presentation there were also charts for “privilege” and “oppression” which categorized certain labels under those two terms. Under oppressed one could find LGBTQ+ communities, people of color and women, and most major religions apart from Christianity while under the privileged chart there one could find heterosexual, white and cisgender men, as well as Christians.
The training also included information on the differences between “cultural humility,” which is a concept defined as seeing others as they see themselves in terms of their personal experience, and “cultural competency,” which refers to understanding ethnicity and race.
The presentation also makes reference to certain types of language which is “trauma” inducing. This includes questions about celebrating Christmas, stating that one can’t “see color” and statements such “take this to your mommy.”
A CMCSS spokesperson noted that educators are not obliged to attend these training sessions and that the presentation was independently developed by educators and not the district.
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