Hasbro has reportedly suspended a whistleblower who leaked an internal training session at the company that claimed children as young as two can harbor racial biases. The toy-making giant claimed that the leaked information “mischaracterizes” the company’s values.
The training material was shared with and published by Project Veritas, a non-profit undercover journalist outfit known for exposing anti-conservative bias in media and tech companies using what its founder James O’Keefe called “guerilla journalist” tactics. The Conscious Kid, a California-based organization that describes itself as “dedicated to equity and promoting healthy racial identity development in youth,” provided the training for Hasbro.
The recorded training session, echoing the claims the quasi-Marxist critical race theory (CRT), instructed Hasbro employees that racist behavior could be found in their youngest customers.
“[Children] as young as two are already using race to reason about people’s behaviors, and we may see this play out in daycare or on the playground and how kids are starting to choose or exclude playmates and friends,” Katie Ishizuka-Stephens, a co-founder of The Conscious Kid, said in the video.
“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,” she claimed. “By age four, kids are showing a strong and consistent pro-white anti-black bias.”
The whistleblower, David Johnson, told James O’Keefe that he found it “absurd” to teach as fact the claim that 2-year-olds could display racial biases, and that he wanted parents to be aware of the “indoctrination of children” currently at play in the company.
“They want to introduce children into racial bias at an early age before they’re really able to understand what race and racism is,” said Johnson, who is black.
In an interview with Fox News, Johnson revealed that he has been suspended since July 19, the day after Project Veritas released recordings of the Hasbro training session, as the company investigates whether he violated a confidentiality term in his contract.
BY GQ PAN