The chancellor of New York City's public schools has been accused of promoting the concept of 'toxic whiteness' by white administrators who are preparing to sue the city.
At least four top Department of Education executives, all white women who are veterans of the department, have signed on to file suit against the city in the coming weeks, a source told the New York Post.
'There's a toxic whiteness concept going on,' the source said, adding that the women believe they have been pushed out of roles of responsibility in favor of less qualified people of color.
Department insiders say that under Chancellor Richard Carranza, who was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, administrators are subjected to endless lectures and workshops critiquing 'whiteness' and attempting to root out 'white supremacy' in the workplace.
NYC schools Chancellor Richard Carranza (left with Bill de Blasio) is under fire for allegedly promoting the concept of 'toxic whiteness' and targeting white employees
The DOE has contracted Pacific Educational Group Inc for $775,000 to run workshops about racism in the workplace, paying out $582,603 so far.
The company defines 'whiteness' as: 'The component of each and every one of ourselves that expects assimilation to the dominant culture.'
'There's been a lot of discussion of white supremacy and how it manifests in the workplace, conversations about race, and looking at how the white culture behaves,' one white executive who received the training told the Post.
'White supremacy is characterized by perfectionism, a belief in meritocracy, and the Protestant work ethic,' the exec said.
White employees who object when accused of deep-rooted bias are called 'fragile' and 'defensive,' according to the exec.
'Can you imagine if we scrutinized blackness or brownness? We're being trained in anti-bias not to stereotype blacks, but they're fostering a stereotyping of whites.'
Under Carranza's leadership, sources said, whites, in some cases, are being