Back in 2011, The Oregonian criticized the State of Oregon for wasteful spending at a time when it should have been pinching pennies. Harry Esteve wrote:
Reporters reviewed thousands of state contracts and identified nearly $10 billion in state commitments to outside vendors, some of which appear to contradict the penny-pinching messages coming from state leaders. Others simply show a state quite willing to pay top dollar when it needs outside help.
Examples include $100,000 to the pro-consumer group OSPIRG to drum up opposition to insurance rate increases; at least $100,000 for diversity training and other employee workshops; and tens of thousands of dollars to a headhunting firm to place help-wanted ads on the Internet and in local newspapers.
In 2013, Politifact reported, regarding Portland Public Schools, that…
The district has spent more than $1 million since 2007 for diversity and equity training in the classroom.
Though it’s difficult to find exact figures, there’s no doubt that the government of Oregon, at various levels, spends large amounts of money on “diversity.”
The above, Oregonian, article notwithstanding, few have publicly objected to this grotesque misuse of tax-money. However, when the white male attendees appear to have too much fun, that’s seen as a problem. A recent Oregonian headline read “The $56,000 question: Is a diversity training seminar for white men an appropriate use of the people’s money?” The article (not found on their website, but available in print) reads:
Once upon a time, spending thousands of taxpayer dollars to send 16 white guys – and only white guys – on an extended trip to a mountainside golf resort might have been considered a problem. These days, it’s a solution! To what isn’t exactly clear…
Portland’s mayor has defended the seminar. Another Oregonian article reads:
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and 15 other white male managers in city government are back in town after a lengthy diversity training retreat near Mount Hood, and the mayor defended the $56,000 training as “money well spent.”…
Hales pointed out half of Portland students are “children of color.”
“The leadership of [the] police bureau, particularly the white men, need to understand that community, need to understand the privileges we enjoy as white men – not through our own efforts, but just because of who we are,” Hales said in the KGW interview…
While diversity training programs are common for city employees and other public sector workers, an extended get-away at a Mount Hood area resort complete with a 27-hole golf course isn’t standard operating procedure.
You see, white males are supposed to suffer at these seminars; they’re not supposed to enjoy themselves. It’s not enough that whites are being deliberately replaced in the U.S. – as the mayor so kindly pointed out above – we are also not supposed to benefit from any of our ancestors’ achievements. At least no more so than those who are co-opting our civilization. This is why these 15 government goons were criticized in the first place. For white males to take a tool of oppression against whites, and turn it into a luxury vacation, is an abominable act in the eyes of the leftist elite.
Personally, I too think it’s an abominable act. They wasted money that was extorted from me and other hard-working Oregonians. The ruling class pampered itself at the expense of the rest of us. This makes me angry – but my anger has nothing to do with the fact that these leaches are white men. As for the Oregonian, and other detractors, they would have had few objections had the beneficiaries been black or Hispanic. This is clear from the wording of their articles.
For the record, I enjoyed my own company’s diversity training. When the instructor asked if any of us wished to share our personal experiences with diversity, I eagerly offered my own story. The other attendees were speechless. When I told the instructor that whites have every right to feel proud of their own heritage, she did not object. So you see, we can have fun at diversity seminars – but it needn’t cost $56,000.