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NIU Mandatory Diversity Training: Saying ‘Blue Lives Matter' is ‘Anti-Blackness’

NIU Mandatory Diversity Training: Saying ‘Blue Lives Matter’ is ‘Anti-Blackness’

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kara

October 20, 2020

UPDATE: YAF has learned through a Freedom of Information Act request that the school has amended the presentation, removing the reference to “blue lives matter” and “all lives matter” as examples of anti-blackness. Read the school’s response here. A mandatory diversity training at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, stated that the phrases “All Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter” are examples of “anti-blackness,” according to a photo of the training obtained exclusively via Young America’s Foundation’s Campus Bias Tip Line. The “Conversations on Diversity and Equity” seminar, according to the tipster who sent the photo, is required for all student organization leaders at NIU. According to the presentation slide, NIU teaches its campus leaders that the following are examples of “anti-blackness”: –Justifying brutality against Black children –Assuming that violence is deserved –“All Lives Matter” or “Blue Lives Matter” –Misinformation or lies –The belief that Black people are dangerous

–Anti-black institutions and policies

Despite repeated attempts to reach NIU for comment on this story, university officials declined to comment. “What YAF sought to ask Northern Illinois University—and what students and taxpayers deserve to know—is whether NIU believes that the lives of police officers matter,” stated YAF spokesman Spencer Brown. “What would the school say to prospective or current students in NIU’s applied management program’s public service emphasis geared toward training police officers—do their lives matter? Or does defending the value of their lives constitute ‘anti-blackness?’” Racist policies have no place in America, but as usual, the Left is unable or unwilling to point to any specific laws or institutions that can be addressed and the racism rooted out. Instead, on campuses as much as anywhere else, leftists attempt to further divide Americans with vague claims of institutional racism and use such claims to go after police officers–15 percent of whom are, in fact, black. The student, who wishes to remain anonymous out of fear of retribution, told YAF that the anti-police rhetoric pushed by the university is the “actual pandemic in America.” “This is the real plague on the minds of those who will one day be released into our society with the future of the country in their hands,” the student said. Taxpayers are funding this ridiculous “diversity” training that is pushing the Left’s narrative while university officials refuse to answer for their institution’s divisive rhetoric.
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