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USDA Program: ‘Pilgrims Were Illegal Aliens’

From the Daily Caller:

Confidential, expensive USDA sensitivity training: ‘The Pilgrims were illegal aliens’

By Caroline May | February 14, 2013

Footage of the United States Department of Agriculture’s compulsory “Cultural Sensitivity Training” program reveals USDA employees being instructed to refer to the Pilgrims as “illegal aliens” and minorities as “emerging majorities” — at “a huge expense” to taxpayers.

The video clips were made public Thursday evening by the conservative government accountability group Judicial Watch, which obtained them through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made on May 18, 2012.

The clips star Samuel Betances — a diversity instructor with Souder, Betances and Associates — who says in the video that he got his diversity training start under former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. In the clips, Betances instructed USDA employees on the proper thinking about diversity and minorities — or, as he called them, “emerging majorities.”

Between requiring the employees to repeat that “every federal agency has discriminated against African-Americans, Hispanics, Native American Indians and other groups,” and a long account of his personal history, Betances encouraged the employees to take note because the presentation is “a huge expense.”

“If you take a look at all of you here and you think about your salaries and your benefits and what you have left undone – plus my fee – plus the expense of the team that’s putting the video together, this is a huge expense,” he says in his video.

In another clip, Betances attempted to dispel the stigma of illegal immigrants by calling the Pilgrims illegal aliens.

“I want you to say that America was founded by outsiders – say that – who are today’s insiders, who are very nervous about today’s outsiders,” he said in the clip.

“I want you to say, ‘The Pilgrims were illegal aliens,’” he continued. “Say, ‘The Pilgrims never gave their passports to the Indians.’”

Throughout the session, Betances had the employees shout “Bam!” to reinforce his points.

Betances also explained in another clip Judicial Watch highlighted — from the more than three-and-a-half hour video — that he does not like the word “minorities.”

“By the way, I don’t like the word ‘minorities.’ How about ‘emerging majorities’?” he said.

At times in the video, Betances poked fun at “white males.”

“White males founded the USDA! Say ‘Thank you, white males.’ I know it got stuck, some of you couldn’t get it out,” he said to laughter. “I understand. Let’s try that again. Go ahead.”

“Notice I’m not saying, ‘Thank you for slavery, or sexism, or what happened to the indigenous Native American folks.’ I’m saying thank you for what? I’m saying, ‘Thank you for establishing the agency in which those of us that are not white males seek to play a larger role,’” Betances said in a faux giddy manner, before explaining that unity begins with gratitude, before turning to grievances. “We’ve got grievances!,” he said. “This institution, like all federal institutions, have not been fair.”

The training videos were supposed to be kept secret: Judicial Watch describes an Oct. 10, 2011 email exchange in which USDA Training Administrator Vincent Loran requested the training video from Betances and promised it will never get out.

“It will not be used for or show [sic] in any way shape or form,” Judicial Watch quotes Loran as writing…

Judicial Watch notes that in 2011 and 2012, USDA paid Betances and his firm nearly $200,000.

Well, Obama is always saying we need to spend more on education. And you can bet this is the kind of education he really means.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, February 15th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “USDA Program: ‘Pilgrims Were Illegal Aliens’”

  1. Petronius

    “The Pilgrims were illegal aliens.” – Samuel Betances.

    Hmmm…. Where to begin?

    I am privileged to be the descendant of four Mayflower Pilgrims.

    I am privileged to live in the country that my white western European ancestors discovered, explored, settled, and built.  None were immigrants. They were the first-comers: original settlers and pioneers, every man, woman, and child.

    They carved America out of the wilderness with their bare hands, and built it from the ground up.  They started building –– and dying –– at Plymouth, Jamestown, New Amsterdam, and Manakintown.  And they fought and died in every war from Opechancanough’s Uprising to WWII.

    One of my ancestors was Penelope Stout, who was born Penelope Kent in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1622 to a family of English dissenters and refugees. She married a Dutchman named Van Princin and together they sailed to America in a ship that wrecked off Sandy Hook, New Jersey (then New Netherlands). They struggled to reach shore where they were attacked by Indians. The Indians killed Van Princin and left Penelope for dead, having scalped her, mangled her left arm, and slit open her abdomen. Penelope revived, however, and holding in her intestines with her good hand, she took shelter in a hollow tree, where she revealed herself some days later to an Indian hunting party, who luckily turned out to be friendly Indians. The Indians carried her to their village, stitched up her stomach, and ransomed her at New Amsterdam. She remarried to Richard Stout at New Amsterdam, who owned a plantation at Gravesend, Long Island. Penelope persuaded Richard and eleven others to bargain with the Indians for a tract of land in Monmouth County, NJ, which they patented and where they then settled as founders of Middletown, one of the earliest towns in America. The friendly Indian who rescued Penelope was afterwards often a guest in their house.

    I have many such stories but you get the idea.

    Others of my forefathers invented the United States in 1776 to serve their public interests, and then invented the Constitution to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”  “Our posterity” –– that means me and my children.
     
    So you better believe that “American” means a member of my family by blood, and the families with whom they pioneered, stockaded, and fought side-by-side.

    Too many so-called Americans such as Samuel Betances confuse “American” with “United States citizen.”  US citizenship is a legal technicality.  It’s something that is gratuitously handed out by the government to all comers willy-nilly, like free condoms at an inner city school.  It speaks nothing of loyalty, race, the land, rootedness, a shared history and heritage.

    This confusion exists most particularly among certain Ruling Class elites along with their recently imported mass of uninvited migrants, both documented and undocumented, whose racial and tribal interests are always placed ahead of the rights of real Americans.  To my ancestors America was about preserving their liberty and rights.  As for those uninvited migrants who come here two centuries after all the heavy lifting and hard work had been finished, America is about gettin’ some.

    Until this basic fact is understood and accepted by all concerned, there is no chance of continued peaceful co-existence.  What I have I acquired by right of 400 years of inheritance, toil, and blood sacrifice.  I do not give it away to moochers and looters without a fight.  That is my privilege.

    Note :  There are certain European immigrants whose families came here to join us, to reinforce our ranks, as it were, and to become as American as possible.  These “adopted Americans” understand their incredible good fortune and the incredible suffering that made this refuge possible.  Adopted but true Americans are as loyal to their adoptive American family as can be.  They are as one with us.

    You know who you are, each of you.  Time to be clear about it.

    Oh, and by the way –– Mr Betances, you can kiss my lily white Confederate rear end.


  2. canary

    The USDA needs to let us where our food is coming from.

    Since I became more faithful after 2001 in checking for products made in the USA, I do not care what any politician say, I have no idea what we make here or food.

    And the state of California is the worst distributors at telling where their products were grow or made.

    Plus, California puts their toxic fish oil in products. I’ll bet people in California don’t even buy local food.

  3. bullforever

    Let’s for once minute give this Samuel Betances assertions a chance. But lets also walk them out to their logical conclusions.

    OK, the Pilgrims were illegal aliens.

    What happened next?

    At first, most Native American Tribes welcomed the “Illigal Aliens.” The Tribes even taught them some of the skills and techniques neccessary to hunt and farm and build on American soil.

    But soon enough, more “illegal aliens” arrived on ships, and they began having 1000’s of children, and then millions of children.

    And then the land that the illegals were on became croweded and they began to move westward, and they began taking from the Native Americans. Taking their land. Using up the natural resources. Hunting all the game. Tearign down forrests to build farms. Burning down the villages of the Natives. Forcing them farther and farther westward. All the while, more and more Illigal Aliens showed up every day.

    Soon enough, America was nothing like what it had been. The illegal aliens had transformed it into something that suited their needs, at the expense of the Native Americans. And the Native Americans were either killed, or forced onto reservations. They lost thier land, their livelyhoods, their way of life.

    So, is that what we want for our Country now? Does this guy and all of the other enlightened liberal open border bleeding heart moonbats really want this Country to be “transformed” by the illigal immigrants of our time?

    I think they do, but I also think that they are using these straw man arguments to convince low information voters to side with them. I think that the vast majority of low information voters would be opposed to having their country transformed in the same ways that the Pilgrims transformed the land of the Native Americans.

    Just food for thought.

    Derek




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