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    Action Alert: Workplace Diversity Video 'Hammers the White Guy'
    Activism; Posted on: 2007-11-25 08:52:07 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]

    The person responsible for this 'training video' has the following contact information:

    Susan Maxfield (pictured right)
    Career Service Authority
    Diversity Manager
    Fax: 720.913.5621

    The city of Denver is showing its employees a diversity training video that portrays a white man as a narrow-minded buffoon triggering allegations of "institutional racism" against Anglos.

    "Right now, their diversity program is racially motivated against white males," said Dennis Supple, a heating, ventilating and air-conditioning mechanic who has worked for the city 1 1/2 years.

    The video, titled "Laughing Matters Think About It," is meant to show employees how humor at the expense of others diminishes respect in the workplace.

    The character who breaks all the rules is Billy [As in Hillbilly? --Ed.], a white, blue-collar worker who's a racist, sexist goofball.

    In one scene Billy is told that another employee named Carlos can't do anything because he's waiting for supplies.

    "What's his problem?" Billy asks. "He can't sell breakfast burritos without the supplies or he takes a siesta?"

    Supple said the video violates his civil rights and that he's considering taking the equity in his house to file a lawsuit to stop the city from showing it.

    "Diversity, to me, doesn't mean hammer the white guy," Supple said. "Diversity means you have respect for everyone, regardless of their race, their gender, their religion, their sexual orientation."

    Councilman Charlie Brown, who is white, took offense by the video, too.

    "To just target the white race, I don't think that's fair," he said.

    Continued...with video

    News Source: Rocky Mountain News

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