The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s diversity training workshop, paid for with $200,000 of taxpayer’s money, instructed USDA employees to chant “our forefathers were illegal immigrants.” According to Judicial Watch, the USDA has committed to “a new era of civil rights.” Then there’s the $8.8 Million to train “underserved Hispanics” for future careers with the Department of Agriculture. Take a look at the huge funding going out to universities in Texas, Florida, New Mexico, California and Puerto Rico.
A USDA employee tipped Judicial Watch off about the agency’s nationwide compulsory diversity sessions months ago. JW immediately launched a probe, quickly filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking records related to the training. The agency continues withholding crucial parts of the information and has heavily redacted large portions of the files that have been rendered to JW.
One of the files obtained by JW includes electronic mail exchanges between Betances and a top USDA official named Vincent Loran. The first one, from October 2011, shows Loran promising Betances that he will keep secret a video of a training session shot on the USDA premises which the agency refuses to release. The other, from January 2012, shows Loran seeking Betances’ blessing, referring to him as a father, and professing his admiration. Source: Judicial Watch
A Chicago firm handled the “training:”
The firm’s principal owner, Samuel Betances, is a Harvard grad who describes himself as a “biracial, bicultural and bilingual citizen of the world.” Furthermore, Betances’ biography says he’s a “great motivator who rose out of the bowels of inner city poverty, stigma of minority group status, violence, welfare and illiteracy in two languages.” (Source: see the Judicial Watch link above)
“Instead of being diversity-oriented or tolerance-oriented, it’s more about adopting a mindset,” said Lisette Garcia, a senior investigator with the group. “It seemed to go so far as to encourage illegal immigration.” …
Judicial Watch began to investigate the sessions earlier this year after being approached by a tipster at USDA who was “offended” by them, Garcia said. Judicial Watch claims it has identified at least $200,000 spent by the USDA over the last two years on the company Souder, Betances & Associates. [that amount was later confirmed]…
The tipster, Garcia said, described one session in which the speaker led workers in chanting “our forefathers were illegal immigrants” while pounding on the table and getting others in the room to join in.
“How does that fit into the USDA mission at all?” she said. “The price tag makes it more egregious.”
The $200,000 is small change next to the $8.8 Million spent to train “underserved” Hispanic students to work for the USDA.
The idea is to boost the number of Hispanics on the agency’s payroll…
Here are some examples of where the money is going. Three different universities in Texas will each get $800,000 to train “under-represented” Hispanic students for USDA careers in food safety, U.S.-Mexico livestock inspections and sustainable energy. A south Florida university will also get $800,000 to train Hispanics in biological and natural sciences for “career placement in USDA” and schools in New Mexico and Puerto Rico will each get the same amount to mentor students in natural resource management and agriculture disciplines.
A university in southern California will get more than half a million dollars to “increase the retention and graduation of underrepresented students” for USDA careers through a paid watershed management internship program. A separate California school will receive $284,000 to train Hispanics to work on “transitional plant breeding genomics projects” and yet another California college will get nearly $300,000 to train “Hispanic leaders” to “tackle childhood obesity.”
The USDA has gone on a manic spending spree this year to promote minority programs and public assistance. A few months ago it wasted $5 million to recruit more food-stamp recipients even though the number has skyrocketed in recent years. The agency has also wasted millions to bring farmers markets to urban areas and track what minority public school children eat for lunch. Source: Judicial Watch Nov. 2011
As you can see from the graphic above, USDA is quite diverse with your taxpayer dollars. The Department invested $60M in climate change studies. Read that at The Daily Bail (and thanks to them for the cartoon)