Eradicating white privilege doesn't come cheap.
The state of Oregon just forked over $80,000 to put on an event billed as "Building a Stronger Oregon Through Diversity and Inclusion."
It reportedly emphasized eliminating "white privilege" and making participants more aware of "microaggressions."
It sounds like a lot of fun. The two-day event, held during the workweek, addressed the kinds of pressing issues that merit a day away from our desks, such as, "Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon?," "Gay Is for White People: Exploring Where Race and LGBTQ Experiences Intersect," and "He's a Pimp; She's a Hoe: Sex Trafficking in a 'Media Informed " vs. a 'Trauma Informed World.'" I honestly don't know what the last one means, a clear sign that, if I'd been a public sector bureaucrat in Oregon, I'd have needed to attend.
Particularly intriguing was the "It's Just a Potluck" workshop, conducted by Jennifer Dennis, Ph.D. It spelled out its objectives:
Develop an awareness of the diversity of food choices. Identify biases and stereotypes related to food. Discuss how to create a culture of inclusion related to food choices.
I hope there were recipes!
According to the Daily Caller, there were mostly privileged white people in the audience. How unfair! The (white) keynoter, however, rose to the occasion:
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown gave the opening address at the conference. In her speech, Brown confessed to the sea of white people in attendance that she benefits from the “privilege of white skin” “every single day.”
Just being white has not prevented Oregon's governor from experiencing the sting of discrimination, however:
The Democrat also claimed that she knows “what it feels like to be treated differently and paid less — substantially less — than a man” even when she “knew” she was “doing a better job.”
Brown, the nation’s first openly bisexual governor, has made government-planned “inclusion” a focus of her administration. In April, she hired a new “equity policy coordinator” specifically to “strengthen efforts to address equity and inclusion of underrepresented groups in the state’s workforce.”
She also seems to be a whiz at knowing how to spend taxpayer money.