Woke mind virus infects the Air Force Material Command
(Air Force Press Release) EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Air Force Materiel Command Manpower, Personnel and Services released a memorandum June 1, 2023, implementing Unconscious Bias Training as a requirement for civilian hiring panel members AFMC wide.
Unconscious bias training plays a crucial role in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion and Accessibility in various aspects of AFMC.
Unconscious bias can significantly impact a hiring panel’s decision-making process and the overall outcome of hiring decisions.
These biases, which often stem from societal stereotypes and personal experiences, can unconsciously influence panel members’ perceptions and evaluations of job candidates.
For example, if a panel member holds biases related to gender, race, age, or other protected characteristics, they may unintentionally favor or discriminate against certain candidates.
“We must be able to hire and promote the nation’s best talent and build a diverse and representative workforce through an open and fair process consistent with merit systems principles,” said Ron Turner, AFTC Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Manager.
To mitigate the impact of unconscious bias in hiring, it is crucial to raise awareness among panel members and provide training on recognizing and challenging biases and focus on job-related criteria.
“Building a representative workforce includes appropriately identifying talent, using multiple means to announce vacancies, supporting a pipeline of new workforce members, mitigating bias in the promotion process, and addressing any potential barriers to accessing job opportunities,” said Turner.
By addressing unconscious bias, hiring panels can create a fairer and more inclusive hiring environment, leading to better representation and diversity within the workforce.
Initial training can be found in Education and Training Management System (ETMS) under the course code, CHQMGT0006000SU.
The course can be accessed https://myetms.wpafb.af.mil/myetmsasp/main.asp. For refresher training, panel members will utilize the Air Force Unconscious Bias Training via MyLearning.
. . . .(remarks by an Intelligence Community employee about Unconscious Bias (UB) training expensed)
The tenets of UB are published in many federal agencies, but they include things like (quoting from our instructor in the class):
- The problems with race in America have not and cannot go away because America was founded on the basis of white supremacy.
- The only way to make progress on race is for white people to acknowledge the facts about it and take action, but it can never really truly go away because it is something you are born with (the not we but rather you in that last phrase really caught my attention; apparently only white people can be racist?).
- White people have biases against people of color they are born with, and to not acknowledge that fact is proof (of that fact).
- The goal of UB is not to be “color-blind,” i.e., to treat all people the same regardless of color, because that “pisses me off when you don’t see me as a black woman.”
- White power/supremacy was established at our founding is documented in the constitution and has been practiced ever since.
- People who do not think there is a racism problem in this country are speaking from the standpoint of the patriarchy they support.
The UB instructor was herself a stereotype or caricature of a leftist militant hypocritical black woman. That last sentence may look terrible in print but consider this incident. During part of the instruction that ran long after the instructor made some outrageous remarks and claims (for which she was then called out), the class would not let her continue until she clarified her racist remarks. She made somewhat of a big show of saying that, as a result of our clarification demands, we would only get an eight-minute break (a power play or punishment for calling her out for her outrageous, inflammatory remarks!). . . . .
Critical Race Theory, the New Intolerance, and Its Grip on America (Heritage Foundation)
What critical race theory is really about (by Christopher Rufo)