Whistleblower: Hasbro CRT training session teaches employees babies are born ‘with anti-black bias’

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A consultancy firm employee working on a project for Hasbro told Project Vertias that employees have been lectured by “Conscious Kids” co-founders Katie Ishizuka and Ramón Stephens, who during a Critical Race Theory (CRT) training session, reportedly stated that babies can be racist.

The whistleblower added that Ishizuka and Stephens also said that children show “pro-white anti-black bias” by the age of four.

David Johnson, a Harvey Nash packaging engineer contracting with Hasbro, spoke to James O’Keefe of Project Vertias and explained that he came forward because he opposes the “indoctrination of children that they wanted to push.”

Hasbro is the company behind famed game boards like Monopoly and Operation as well as other children’s toys such as Nerf and Potato Head. Earlier in the year, the company announced its intention to drop the “Mr” from Mr. Potato Head in an effort to be more “gender-neutral.”

When discussing the CRT training with O’Keefe, Johnson said:

“I felt that more people needed to know about it.”

He added that he and other employees were forced to participate in a CRT training session led by Ishizuka and Stephens, who made startling allegations, teaching Hasbro employees that babies are, at worst, inherently racist, or at the best, prone to racist behavior. He stated:

“They wanted to introduce children into racial bias at an early age before they’re really able to understand what race and racism is.”

In recordings of the session, Ishizuka can be heard explaining:

“By three to six months, babies are beginning to notice and already express preference by race. Babies as young as two are already using race to reason about people’s behaviors. We may see this play out in daycare or on the playground and how kids are starting to choose to exclude playmates and friends.”

In speaking with O’Keefe, Johnson exclaimed:

“It’s absurd to just state as fact that at two years old, children are going to be racist and using race to reason about who they’re going to play with.”

Ishikuka did not stop with her comments there. She continued walking through their beliefs in childhood development, asserting that children as young as three “may use racist language intentionally.” She claimed:

“By age three, children are already starting to apply stereotypes and research shows that they also may use racist language intentionally at this age. White children at this age may report explicit or overt negative attitudes towards people of color…By age four, kids are showing a strong and consistent pro-white anti-black bias.”

She added:

“At the age of five, children show many of the same racial attitudes held by adults. Children are really sensitive to the status of different racial groups in our society and show a high-status bias towards white people, which is the socially privileged group in our society. White children show pro-white bias at this age.”

In separate appearance on Hannity, Johnson said he is not worried about the backlash he will receive for exposing Hasbro’s very clear agenda, as it is the “cost of speaking truth to power.”

He told Hannity that as soon as he heard Ishizuka and Stephens claiming as fact that babies are inherently racist, that he needed to disseminate her comments to warn parents what might be soon presented to their children. Johnson added:

“CRT teaches people and at Hasbro they wanted to teach children, to judge people based on race. And that’s not something that I feel that I think Dr. Martin Luther King would’ve supported. That’s something [King] wanted to end in this country. It’s not the correct path forward that we should be taking.”

Fox News reported that later in the interview, attorney Leo Terrell applauded Johnson and thank him for his bravery in speaking out, no matter the occupational consequences. He added that, as a black critic of CRT, Johnson further wrecks Democrats’ narrative that CRT is a ‘black versus white’ situation instead is a sociopolitical disparity. Terrell stated:

“I want to make sure everyone hears this. People of all colors are against critical race theory. It is important for black Americans like you, sir, and myself to say we are not part of that. We believe in judging people by their character and not by skin color.”

He added:

“So sir, you have done a great job in throwing a wedge into critical race theory because they want you to believe that all of us support that. We don’t. Thank you. Thank you very much.”

Since disclosing this information, Johnson has since been suspended and has lost access to Hasbro work accounts “pending further investigation.” Hannity asked Terrell if he would help the whistleblower, to which Terrell responded:

“You are on notice, Hasbro. Let me think about that (helping Johnson). Yeah.”

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Report: More than 5,000 teachers vow to break the law and subject students to Critical Race Theory

July 11th, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – More than 5,000 educators have signed a pledge at the Zinn Education Project vowing to break anti-critical race theory laws being considered in multiple state legislatures.

The Zinn Education Project launched the effort in June and singles out proposed legislation in 21 states, which the signers pledge to violate should they become law.

A statement from the project reads:

“The major institutions and systems of our country are deeply infected with anti-blackness and its intersection with other forms of oppression. To not acknowledge this and help students understand the roots of U.S. racism is to deceive them.”

The pledge reads:

“We, the undersigned educators, refuse to lie to young people about U.S. history and current events — regardless of the law.”

The petition is up to 5,039 signatures reaching toward the project’s goal of 6,500.

Some of the teachers wrote comments with their signatures. Lisa Martin from Mancos, Colorado wrote:

“I teach students the truth about U.S. history and grow in them the critical thinking skills to evaluate the truth for themselves. I don’t have to hide the truth, white supremacy was the truth, or pretend that atrocities that occurred didn’t happen.

Young people are smart and can evaluate facts often better then adults because they aren’t consumed with fear of difference the way adults are.”

Sarah Sanchez Armstrong from Durango, Colorado wrote:

“I would rather be stripped of my license than deliver to my students deliberately deceptive or misrepresentations of current and past events and history regarding the founding of this country and its continued impacts.

The monumental push to hide these truths is evidence of their very existence. We cannot move forward if we cannot critically examine what is behind us.”

Jungsun Moon of Chicago wrote:

“Whether through fiction or non-fiction, I will teach my students to think and engage critically and honestly, and act for justice for all people.”

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The Zinn Education Project claims that at least 26 states are trying to pass laws requiring teachers to “lie to students about the role of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and oppression throughout U.S. history.”

The project said:

“(The laws) aim to prohibit teachers from teaching the truth about this country: It was founded on the dispossession of Native Americans, slavery, structural racism and oppression; and structural racism is a defining characteristic of our society today.”

The pledge asks how teachers can instruct children about the nature of society without discussing the alleged racial inequality that is systemic in our history:

“From police violence, to the prison system, to the wealth gap, to maternal mortality rates, to housing, to education and beyond, the major institutions and systems of our country are deeply infected with anti-Blackness and its intersection with other forms of oppression.

To not acknowledge this and help students understand the roots of U.S. racism is to deceive them — not educate them.

“This history helps students understand the roots of inequality today and gives them the tools to shape a just future. It is not just a history of oppression, but also a history of how people have organized and created coalitions across race, class, and gender.”

Critical race theory is based on the premise that race is not a natural, biologically grounded feature of physically distinct subgroups of human beings but a socially constructed (culturally invented) category that is used to oppress and exploit people of color.

Critical race theorists hold that the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans.

Republican states across the country are passing laws to oppose the curriculum, including The Lone Star State, which passed an anti-critical race theory bill that was signed into law in June by Gov. Greg Abbott (R).

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in a statement endorsing the legislation:

“Texans reject critical race theory and other so-called ‘woke’ philosophies that maintain that one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex or that any individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive.

“These divisive concepts have been inserted into curriculums around the state, but they have no place in Texas schools.”

The law prescribes how Texas teachers can talk about current events and America’s history of racism in the classroom.

Over the past year, GOP leaders have decried its teaching in public schools. In 2020, former President Donald Trump had banned federal employees from training that discusses “critical race theory” or “white privilege,” calling it propaganda.

The Texas law, which goes into effect Sept. 1, includes a list of founding documents that Texas students must be taught. It also includes a list of additional historical documents written by people of color and women that House Democrats had added.

It also mandates students be taught “the history of white supremacy, including but not limited to the institution of slavery, the eugenics movement, and the Ku Klux Klan, and the ways in which it is morally wrong.

Despite the changes, the Texas chapter of the American Federation of Teachers opposed the law:

“The specific references by Republicans to banning Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project make it clear that they want this to be a wedge issue for state and local political races.

“The bill is part of a national movement by conservatives trying to sow a narrative of students being indoctrinated by teachers. Our members rightfully have expressed outrage against this insult of their professionalism to provide balanced conversations with students on controversial issues.”

The National Education Association, the single largest teachers’ union in the country, passed a resolution pledging:

“Provide an already-created, in-depth, study that critiques empire, white supremacy, anti-blackness, anti-Indigeneity, racism, patriarchy, cisheteropatriarchy, capitalism, ableism, anthropocentrism, and other forms of power and oppression at the intersections of our society”

“Join with Black Lives Matter at School and the Zinn Education Project to call for a rally this year on October 14 — George Floyd’s birthday — as a national day of action to teach lessons about structural racism and oppression.”

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