Seattle is “encouraging” its city employees to do internalized racial superiority training.

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Written by Karlyn Borysenko

The focus of my life since 2012 was to bring sanity back to the work environment, because I believe we spend so much time at work that we shouldn’t be miserable. I have an MBA and a PhD in psychology, specializing in industrial/organizational psychology. I have my own practice - Zen Workplace - where I integrate organizational psychology and positive psychology with mindfulness techniques to help make work better. I’m also the Chief Science Officer of RallyBright, where I work to build high-performing, resilient teams.But that’s not how most people know me. Most people know me as a (now former) Democrat of 20 years who went to a Trump rally. The article I wrote about my experience went viral and garnered 3 million views in the first week. I was featured by Fox News, Glenn Beck, Dennis Prager, and on dozens of radio shows, podcasts, and YouTube videos.


  1. Dr. B, I'm hearing you say "wri en," leaving the "t" sound out. You did that with a few other words, too. (I'm not going to pick them all out; I'm actually paying attention to your critique.) I absolutely know I'm not the only one that this drives crazy. It's very valley girl-like. It's like a rock in my shoe. Please stop it! You're a Ph.D. Sorry. Had to vent. Your critique is enlightening. I subscribed after about 10 minutes of the first video I watched.

  2. Critical Race Theory combined with Cultural Marxist-Intersectionalism and Post Modernism. All of these noxious philosophies are rooted in the plan created by the Soviet Union-Islamic alliance to divide and conquer to overthrow the West. In the late 1960s, French intellectuals expanded this nonsense to include Post Modernism gobbledygook. It spread from France to Western Europe & the UK and then to North America. The plan is succeeding, which is tragic.

  3. Maybe you can just say you no longer identify as 'white'- so as to no longer attend these 'trainings' Either by claiming you haare partially Native-American or something of your choosing… and as we now all have access to DNA tests (Oh Lord, does this sound like Germany in the 30's) most of us can show tiny percentages of non-white. Why would someone who identifies as black be 199% black since just about everyone is mixed to some degree. Why would someone who is 50 % Irish, 30 % Portuguese and 20 % SubSaharan African for instance have to not attend White training??

  4. This isn’t race stuff. It’s human species stuff. It doesn’t matter what ur skin color is or what ur gender is or anything else cause this is seen in people all over the world. There are 7 facial expressions that no matter where you go in the world even if you speak a different language people can pick out the facial expressions. Work styles are kind of the same thing.

  5. What's wrong with having pride in ones race and culture?, taking pride in who you are and where you come from does not mean you hate or are against anyone else, this is ridiculous ,

  6. It sounds like the writer is a buttheart steadiness type who has completely lost track of the race issue to complain about their more task-oriented bosses.

  7. I don’t identify as white and I disavow any claim that I have an unconscious bias against anyone based on immutable characteristics… Now, I can only be forced to take something stupid like this, based on someone’s classification of my self… which I do not acknowledge. It works against my human rights.

  8. If the sandwich setup for feedback doesn't work, what would you recommend replacing it with?

    I primarily invision this with the art community rather than applying it to a workplace, but the sandwich setup is very heavily encouraged when telling someone what's wrong with their art and I'm curious how you think such a framework could be improved.

  9. And is it just me, or does this whole thing seem like it's encouraging the soft bigotry of low expectations?
    Take the whole perfectionism and timing thing; to not demand perfection or to plan out for longer time just seems like it's saying to have high standards and tight deadlines is a white thing white people shouldn't expect from people of color.
    I do agree that it's a work style thing where an individual situation for the individual company may need this or that improved, but as a whole it just seems like low expectations.

  10. This hate on white people is a mistake. It will, it definitely will.have the opposite effect. This will only put race relations in the shitter.

  11. If you are a person other than white or Asian you should absolutely be offended. The government is telling us to be lazy un productive with limited intelligence and motivation like you. How do you not find extreme racial offense to that?

  12. It's one thing to not see how these points relate to racism in the workplace (the document states these points as facts, with no explanations or examples), but it's quite another to state that these things have nothing at all to do with racism. If racism exists in the workplace, could there not be underlying causes in the workplace culture? At least consider the points, before you argue against them.
    And going off on a tangent about good and bad criticism, what if there are both negative and positive feedback to give? In what do you give the feedback?
    I also disagree that culture is not difficult to name or identify. There are lots of ways to describe culture, but it's is not something that is easily pinned down in a few sentences. Culture can be explained, but it is also seen and experienced. Many influences lead to what we think of as culture. Workplace culture (which you seem to know a lot about) utilizes DISC and Meyers-Briggs tests, and lots of training in order to promote a good habits and just understand what's going on in the workplace.

  13. keep in mind that affirmative action was a white supremacist concept intended to suggest that blacks need the extra help to be equivalent. one race the human race.

  14. In the real world you're supposed to do a good job, and they thank you in money, not compliments. Nothing to do with race.
    Also check the Duluth Model, they're doing the same: trying to paint normal harmless actions as discrimination.

  15. This sort of race-targeted policy making in government at any level should be a federal crime and anyone found guilty of writing such a policy should face up to 5 years in prison.