An employee with a consulting firm working on a project with Hasbro recently exposed that the company is allegedly incorporating Critical Race Theory (CRT) training in its organization. The toy and board game company held a training in which employees were told that small children can be racist, according to the whistleblower.
David Johnson, a packaging engineer that is contracted with Hasbro through IT recruitment firm Harvey Nash, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday that after receiving an announcement that the company would be holding a CRT-related training, he felt he needed to record the lecture.
From Fox News:
Johnson, who first shared his story with Project Veritas, told host Sean Hannity that Conscious Kids co-founder Kate Ishizuka-Stephens declared during the training that “by 3 to 6 months, babies are beginning to notice and already express preference by race.
In a video released by Project Veritas, Ishizuka-Stephens says:
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 also argued that children as young as five can exhibit a “pro-white bias” and said that all white people are “socially privileged.”
Johnson disagreed with the training and with CRT because “CRT teaches people — and at Hasbro they wanted to teach children — to judge people based on race. And that’s not something that I feel that I think Dr. Martin Luther King would’ve supported.”
The contractor was removed from the Hasbro project and has been suspended. “I think it’s absurd to just state as fact that at two years old, that children are going to be racist, and using race to reason about who they’re going to play with, and discriminating based on,” he said.
Johnson also claimed that Hasbro and The Conscious Kid are trying to teach Critical Race Theory through its products and packaging. However, he did not provide any specific examples demonstrating this.
According to a 2020 study from the American Psychological Association (APA), adults in the United States believe children should be almost 5 years old before the subject of race can be discussed with them. The study noted that previous research has found children in preschool and younger are aware of race, and may have already developed negative thoughts about certain racial groups.
“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,” Ishizuka-Stephens said in the Project Veritas video.
Jessica Sullivan, the co-author of the APA study told Newsweek that delaying conversations on race with children can make it more difficult to change preconceived notions. “Children are capable of thinking about all sorts of complex topics at a very young age,” Sullivan insisted. “Even if adults don’t talk to kids about race, children will work to make sense of their world and will come up with their own ideas, which may be inaccurate or detrimental.”
Regardless of what age parents decide to discuss racial issues with their children, many would agree that subjecting them to the type of teaching that comes from Critical Race Theory and other forms of wokeism would cause more harm than good. Indeed, if we were to emulate the pedagogy that involves categorizing kids by their skin color would likely lead to even more racism. Labeling a child as “oppressor” or “oppressed,” as has been reported in some classrooms, can’t possibly have a healthy impact on a child’s developing mind.
The age at which parents teach their kids about racism should be their decision. But one thing is clear, teachers attempting to promote anti-racism by teaching kids to judge people on their skin color is the type of usurpation of parental duties that should be vociferously fought. The teachers who promote this type of teaching are counting on parents to be unaware of what is going on in their children’s classrooms because they know that most would be against it. It is yet another reason why adults must remain diligent in knowing what type of material is being taught to their kids.