United States: Guard Against Guilt: The War Against “WOKE” – In Context (Part 1) (Podcast)
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In case you missed it, legislation to prohibit public schools and private businesses from inflicting ‘guilt’, ‘angst’ or ‘discomfort’ due to historical wrongs related to race or gender when diversity or anti-discrimination training was introduced in Florida last month. As the bill – which is billed as a measure to protect ‘individual liberties’ – is steps away from becoming law, the decision to ban discomfort is becoming an increasingly familiar refrain for government initiatives. learning across the country.
Littler principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and her guest from Flagler University, Professor J. Michael Butler, address diversity and discomfort as they:
- Examine the socio-political and theoretical challenges of “eliminating” the uncomfortable facts of history and the civil rights movement
- Discuss ‘equity’ as a tipping point in race relations in the United States
- Consider the dangers of suppressing historical realities that make us uncomfortable
- Reflect on the modern purpose of “Black History Month” in light of enduring truths about racial equity and discrimination
- Find out how the growing attention to individual sensitivities is disrupting meaningful learning experiences and initiatives on race, equity, and social justice.
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