Members of Clemson University's faculty are being told in a training program they might be racist if they expect employees or students to show up on time for work or class.
The training is being offered by Clemson as part of the school's diversity training to create a "more welcoming and inclusive environment" – an ambitious plan committed to a year ago by the university's president, Jim Clements. Among specific steps in that plan was to "create diversity and inclusion training for faculty and staff."
According to several news reports, one scenario depicted in the training says the "inclusive" thing for employers to do when people arrive late is to "recognize cultural differences that may impact [a meeting] and adjust accordingly" – and that the employer must understand "that his cultural perspective regarding time is neither more nor less valid than any other."
In an interview with OneNewsNow, Nadra Enzi of Project 21 (The National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives) argues that minorities who embrace the idea that being on time differs from culture to culture will ultimately hurt themselves.
"Being on time is one of the many ways that one makes oneself marketable," he asserts. "So if you're trying to tell people that it's all right and it's a cultural passport not to be marketable, then you're contributing to their diminution and ultimate disenfranchisement – period."
Enzi, who admits not being surprised by the content of the training, believes this strategy is just part of the left's arsenal for furthering its agenda.
"Undermine traditional values, undermine little things that make individuals," he lists. "And then the only recourse they have is to turn to the state – and in this instance, a socialist state. We always just have to be vigilant when the next plot in this program rears its ugly head."
According to Campus Reform, other segments of the training – which cost Clemson almost $27,000 – address such topics as political correctness, sexism, white privilege, and freedom of speech.
Clemson President Clements strongly urged employees to participate in the online awareness course, entitled "Diversity Benefits for Higher Education." An email directing them to the training stated: "Employees who have not completed the training will receive two automated reminders."