Forest Service Probes Workers for Unconscious Thought Crimes

As the federal government metastasizes, it consumes all of the economy’s oxygen, so that it is harder to find jobs in the private sector. This is bad news for white guys, if the US Forest Service is any indication:

A top U.S. Forest Service executive told his employees to probe their own “unconscious bias” on everything from race and sexuality to the disabled and fat people, asking them to use an unproven assessment tool to explore their feelings. …

Forest Management Director Bryan Rice … in a March 11 email to his employees, also instructed them to read a New York Times piece titled “Straight talk for white men,” which argues that white men benefit from unconscious bias.

Rice himself is Cherokee. Here he demonstrates his qualifications by blathering moonbattery with forked tongue:

“The intent of using the unconscious bias material is to assist with efforts to foster a work environment where everyone is respected and valued.”

Everyone except officially disfavored cisgender white guy oppressors.

“The unconscious bias material can help us explore diversity and inclusion in the workplace. It was included in a discussion of diversity as part of a continuous series of collaborative discussions on a variety of topics we have on my staff that cover key Forest Service policies and values as a means of fostering continued awareness.”

Rice’s tests don’t just ask people what they think. By now we all know what we are supposed to think, so employees will lie to keep their jobs. The test attempts to get inside of people’s minds:

The bias assessments Mr. Rice asked employees to take are hosted at Implicit.Harvard.edu and include tests of whether someone leans toward President Obama or other presidents, whether someone prefers light-skinned to dark-skinned people, and whether someone has “an automatic preference for straight relative to gay people.”

Tests are based on how quickly one associates feel-good words and feel-bad words with the subjects of the test. To test whether someone prefers straight or gay people, users are asked to click a key when they see a “good” word or “bad” word, and when they see a picture of a gay couple and a straight couple. The speed of word association is used to calculate someone’s preferences.

The goal apparently is to weed out those who aren’t on board with making the Forest Service as “diverse” as possible — i.e., with systematically discriminating against white males who do not publicly declare themselves to be perverts. This dying breed, which until recently was known as “normal Americans,” is already statistically under-represented among federal workers.

Obama in 2011 signed an executive order calling on agencies to promote diversity, including specific plans for each agency.

According to the latest statistics from the Office of Personnel Management, the federal workforce in 2012 was 65 percent white, 18 percent black [etc., etc., etc.].

In 2013, whites comprised 77.7% of the US population, blacks 13.2%.

One senior congressional aide said the Forest Service should have bigger things to worry about.

“At some point this year, thousands of Americans will have to flee their homes because of catastrophic wildfires caused by poorly managed Forest Service lands,” the aide said. “And when some of those people return to smoldering piles that were once their homes, they will be comforted that under this administration, the Forest Service has been vigilant in testing against unconscious biases.”

Looks like there is a problem with priorities. Obviously the focus should be on convincing forest fires to burn down a larger percentage of homes owned by cisgender white males.

On a tip from Dean D. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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