Goodwill Embraces Critical Race Theory, Hires “Director of Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion”

It seems that the Salvation Army is not the only charity leaping on the anti-American, racist, vile, and divisive Critical Race Theory handcart.  Goodwill has enthusiastically embraced this evil, hired a “Director of Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion,” and openly brags about its “antiracism” quest on its website and in press releases.

The Federalist reports:

Goodwill Industries is purportedly pressuring its stores to adopt critical race theory-style training as part of the organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative.According to former Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania (SWPA) Retail Operations Manager Timothy O’Malley, his region first began discussions on how the company was going to be “different” following the 2020 presidential election.“They stated that it was gonna be different and we were gonna make it about our community and our places,” he said. “That just turned out not to be true.”O’Malley, who was employed with Goodwill for more than ten years, says that Goodwill of SWPA began holding “implicit bias training” for store managers in early 2021, which included a required “three to four hour” session led by a “racial equity trainer” in February.“They started pushing us to recruit employees to be part of it,” he said. Implicit bias training is a common component of critical race theory and has been proven to be scientifically inaccurate to the point that some of the researchers who developed implicit bias tests have now repudiated them as wildly inaccurate and unreliable.O’Malley also says he attended a “safe space meeting meant for asking questions” that same month, in which he raised “concerns” about the company’s woke policies that stemmed from Goodwill International’s recently fostered DEI initiative.“I think they just assumed that I’d be on board with this because I foster children of all races and sexualities,” he said. “But I started asking questions about equality of outcome and equality of opportunity and I could tell that they weren’t too thrilled with me about that.”“You were supposed to be able to offer your ideas, and so I suggested Thomas Sowell as an author to have some diversity of thought, and they told me that that’s not really what the DEI committee is about,” he added.

Goodwill International appears to be behind the push on regional Goodwill offices.

The Federalist continues:

The implementation of DEI appears not to be limited to Goodwill of SWPA. According to O’Malley, the company’s national arm, Goodwill Industries International (GII), has been “pushing the regions” to adopt DEI policies.In June 2021, Goodwill International appointed Dr. Samantha-Rae Dickenson as its new director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, to “lead the development and promotion of DEI plans and implement workplace and initiatives and best practices” and “support the 156 local Goodwill nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada by developing and curating DEI resources and strategies.”. . . . In addition to hiring Dickenson and establishing a National DEI Task Force, Goodwill International has also taken steps to become more “intentional advocates for change” following the death of George Floyd. In May 2021, CEO Steven Preston confirmed that he signed the “CEO Action Pledge” in order to “provide a more supportive and inclusive workplace.”According to the pledge, CEO’s commit to implementing and expanding “unconscious bias training,” which aims to help “employees recognize and minimize their blind spots” and to “facilitate more open and honest conversations.” CEO Action had previously hosted an event headlined by author of “White Fragility” Robin DiAngelo, who provided “insights on how to be #antiracist.”

Regions are also hiring these “Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion” officers.

The materials used include pushing the anti-American 1619 Project, all the usual suspects on the racist “antiracism” reading list, and “Goodwill pledging to ‘only create merchandise’ that represents members of preferred races.” You can view the materials that were obtained exclusively by the Federalist here.

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