So check out this answer New Hampshire’s Sun-King, Chris Sununu, gave NHPR in a recent interview:
Rick Ganley: I want to turn a little bit to what’s happening in Concord at the State House. Republican lawmakers are seeking to bar public money from going to groups that teach, as they put it, that certain races are inherently victims or oppressors. Critics say that they could make it harder to teach about systemic racism. Can you tell us what that phrase, systemic racism, means to you and how you see it playing out in New Hampshire now?
Chris Sununu: Well, look, we do not have systemic racism in New Hampshire, but I do believe we have elements of racism and implicit bias throughout all parts of our community. And so it’s not just a school issue or a law enforcement issue. It’s a cultural issue. … So I don’t like the term systemic racism because that has a lot of implicit biases in itself, right? When you when you get to that point. So I think we just have to be very open about saying, look, there are biases throughout our community. We have to be open and understanding to that.
I edited Sun King’s answer because it is meandering, repetitive and … frankly … often incoherent. (Sun King obviously loves to hear himself talk.) But I do believe I captured the gist of it. Sun King believes that New Hampshire does NOT have systemic racism, but that there is “implicit bias” everywhere in New Hampshire.
While Sun King claims that “systemic racism” and “implicit bias” are discrete concepts, they are not. From the indispensable Chris Rufo:
… The idea that all whites have unconscious, “implicit bias” that they must vigilantly program themselves to overcome has become an article of faith across corporate boardrooms, academia, and law-enforcement agencies, even though the premise is unscientific and impossible to verify.
In other words, Sun King is engaging in semantics. The distinction between “systemic racism” and “implicit bias” is a distinction without a difference. They describe the same premise that serves as a rationale for “training,” which in reality is communist-style reeducation. From Rufo:
At the beginning of the session, the trainers explain that white people have internalized a sense of racial superiority, which has made them unable to access their “humanity” and caused “harm and violence” to people of color. The trainers claim that “individualism,” “perfectionism,” “intellectualization,” and “objectivity” are all vestiges of this internalized racial oppression and must be abandoned in favor of social-justice principles. In conceptual terms, the city frames the discussion around the idea that black Americans are reducible to the essential quality of “blackness” and white Americans are reducible to the essential quality of “whiteness”—that is, the new metaphysics of good and evil.
Once the diversity trainers have established this basic conceptual framework, they encourage white employees to “practice self-talk that affirms [their] complicity in racism” and work on “undoing [their] own whiteness.” As part of this process, white employees must abandon their “white normative behavior” and learn to let go of their “comfort,” “physical safety,” “social status,” and “relationships with some other white people.” As writer James Lindsay has pointed out, this is not the language of human resources; it is the language of cult programming—persuading members they are defective in some predefined manner, exploiting their emotional vulnerabilities, and isolating them from previous relationships.
To be clear, Sun King SUPPORTS this type of training for government employees. From the NHPR interview:
Rick Ganley: Yeah, I’m wondering about this bill prohibiting taxpayer funding for implicit bias training for police. That’s something that you’ve endorsed your support of your police reform commission’s recommendations.
Chris Sununu: Oh, sure. No, look, we’re going to go through with implicit bias training for police, for communities, for schools. We’re going to create that opportunity for a lot of different folks. And so, whether it’s taxpayer funded or otherwise, those are important discussions to be had, and good education, good retraining for folks. …
I have said it before, but it needs to be said again. And again and again. Chris Sununu is a communist.