An insider at the toy maker Hasbro has been suspended after reportedly blowing the whistle on the company’s critical race theory (CRT) training.
David Johnson, a packaging engineer working for Hasbro contractor Harvey Nash, has been suspended from his work after making public the company’s efforts to indoctrinate young children.
Johnson sat down with Project Veritas, a non-profit journalism enterprise focused on undercover reporting work and investigating and exposing corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud and other misconduct in both public and private institutions to achieve a more ethical and transparent society.
Johnson told Project Veritas founder and CEO James O’Keefe leaked Hasbro’s CRT training systems, in which he was reportedly forced to participate in as part of his role at Harvey Nash. Johnson leaked a video to Veritas showing “Conscious Kids” co-founders Katie Ishizuka and Ramón Stephens lecturing Hasbro employees about infants’ inherent racism.
“I decided to come to Project Veritas because I oppose the indoctrination of children that they (Hasbro) wanted to push, and I felt that more people needed to know about it,” Johnson told James O’Keefe.
“They want to introduce children into racial bias at an early age before they’re really able to understand what race and racism is,” he said.
Katie Ishizuka, one of the “Conscious Kids” co-founders that trained Hasbro employees, was recorded explaining how young children are prone to racist behavior.
“By three to six months, babies are beginning to notice and already express preference by race,” Project Veritas states that she said.
“[Babies] as young as two are already using race to reason about people’s behaviors. We may see this play out in daycare or on the playground — and how kids are starting to choose or exclude playmates and friends.”
“It’s absurd to just state as fact that at two years old, children are going to be racist and using race to reason about who they’re going to play with,” Johnson said to O’Keefe in response to the recording.
“By age three, children are already starting to apply stereotypes, and research shows that they also may use racist language intentionally at this age,” Ishizuka continued. “White children at this age may report explicit or overt negative attitudes towards people of color…By age four, kids are showing a strong and consistent pro-white anti-black bias.
“At the age of five, children show many of the same racial attitudes held by adults — children are really sensitive to the status of different racial groups in our society and show a high-status bias towards white people, which is the socially privileged group in our society. White children show pro-white bias at this age.”
According to CBN News, a statement emailed to Faithwire on Wednesday evening by Hasbro said the report by Project Veritas “mischaracterizes” the company “and our values.”
“Our mission is to create the world’s best play and entertainment experiences that connect children, fans, and families around the world,” the spokesperson said. “We occasionally invite third-party speakers for optional sessions to discuss viewpoints.”
The statement further indicated the session in which Johnson participated “was not mandatory training” but was instead “an optional webinar attended by a small group of employees.”
“As always, the views expressed by external speakers are their own and do not reflect the views of the company.”