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Samuel Betances -- a diversity instructor with Souder, Betances and Associates. Samuel Betances -- a diversity instructor with Souder, Betances and Associates.  

In sensitivity training, USDA employees recite ‘If we work for a federal agency, we’ve discriminated in the past’

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

Last week Judicial Watch revealed clips of the session featuring Betances requiring USDA employees to repeat “the Pilgrims were illegal aliens” and calling minorities “emerging majorities.”

When Judicial Watch first made the public aware of the existence of the training sessions last October based on FIOA information prompted by a USDA whistle-blower, the USDA explained to Fox News that the sessions were aimed at encouraging diversity awareness.

“USDA offers a number of optional workshops and professional development opportunities in order to help employees better serve our customers,” the statement said. “The Souder Betances & Associates sessions were designed to foster overall diversity awareness — not to focus on any specific minority group — and received positive feedback from employees across the department,” the statement read.

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