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IAOHRA SPOTLIGHTS MEMBER AGENCY
By Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW, Executive Director
PA Human Relations Commission
Black children are suffering from trauma | Opinion
Updated Aug 31, 2020; Posted Aug 31, 2020
In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, protests have erupted across the nation. The news cycle has been dominated by one graphic scene after another of a police officer killing an unarmed, subdued Black man. Unfortunately, children born at the turn of the millennium are growing up against a backdrop of unending images of lethal police brutality and violent White supremacy.
It is well-documented that prolonged exposure to violence is detrimental to youth. Whether it is the fictionalized violence portrayed on a screen or real-life violence suffered in abusive and neglectful homes, all children suffer. But for children of color there is a third source of violence – that of state-sanctioned police brutality aimed at Black people that is captured on video and replayed in an endless loop. For our children, bearing witness to images like the death of George Floyd’s suffocation at the hands of a white police officer is inescapable and psychologically costly.
IN THE NEWS
White House Orders End Of ‘Un-American’ Racial Sensitivity Training At Federal Agencies
Aug. 4, 2020
The two-page memo released Friday notes that President seeks to prevent federal agencies from spending “millions in taxpayer dollars” on the training sessions — and that any contracts involving instruction on “white privilege” or “critical race theory” be canceled immediately if possible.
“The President has directed me to ensure that federal agencies cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions,” states the memo, written by Office and Management and Budget Director Russell Vought.
The memo says trainings that mention white privilege or asserting that racism is part of the country’s foundation “engender division and resentment” and “undercut” the federal government’s “core values.”
It also directs agencies to end contracts for sensitivity training which teaches that America is an “inherently racist or evil country.”
Vought referred to an unnamed “press report” that he claimed says federal workers “have been required to attend trainings where they are told that ‘virtually all white people contribute to racism’ or where they are required to say that they ‘benefit from racism.’”
The memo was issued as Trump this week slammed “anarchist” participants in protests against police killings of unarmed Black Americans.
The memo concluded that the president and his administration “are fully committed to the fair and equal treatment of all individuals in the United States.”
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