Domestic unit lawyer Nicole Levitt stands up to the racist ideology of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Nicole Levitt, an lawyer who represents home unit survivors, precocious filed a favoritism ailment against her employer, Women Against Abuse (WAA), for, among different things, asking achromatic staffers to motion declarations that each achromatic radical are racist, including themselves.
In a caller occurrence of EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders,” Levitt shares her communicative with big Jan Jekielek and wherefore she believes woke ideology has corrupted the ngo of her employer.
Mr. Jekielek: Nicole, you enactment for 1 of the largest home unit nonprofits successful the United States, Women Against Abuse. You went into this due to the fact that this was an important contented for you. But sometime successful the summertime of 2020, you realized thing was amiss.
Ms. Levitt: After George Floyd was killed, my organization, similar organizations crossed the country, had DEI [Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion] trainings and radical justness meetings. It came to a constituent wherever I felt the trainings were each relying connected stereotypes, discrimination, and scapegoating. And we were besides divided into affinity groups.
I recovered the thought of being divided up connected the ground of contention to beryllium regressive, truthful I stopped going to the meetings. We were inactive bombarded each time with worldly astir achromatic supremacy. It was truly excessive and, frankly, illegal.
It each came to a caput for maine erstwhile we were asked to motion a declaration governing our behaviour successful the ineligible center. One of the items was that each achromatic radical are racist, without exception. There was nary mode I was going to motion a connection saying that I was racist, oregon that each achromatic radical were racist, oregon that each of immoderate contention was anything. I refused to motion it, and truthful I had to spell to a gathering with the DEI advisor astatine the time. It was expected to beryllium a abbreviated meeting, but it ended up being a 90-minute-long thought betterment session. The crushed they gave maine for having to spell to the gathering was to ascertain whether I was harmless to beryllium astir my achromatic and brownish co-workers and clients.
Mr. Jekielek: You’ve told maine that radical were stunned erstwhile you said you didn’t deliberation determination was racism.
Ms. Levitt: Everyone determination is committed to radical justice. We correspond achromatic and brownish clients, and we bash a bully occupation of it. So, I couldn’t spot wherever the racism was coming from. The contented present is the caller explanation of racism, which is prejudice positive power. But I was stunned. Everyone was looking astatine maine similar I had 2 heads erstwhile I said, “I don’t deliberation we are racist.”
If you dissent from immoderate portion of this ideology, you’re branded arsenic racist oregon problematic. People request to get utilized to the thought that radical mightiness telephone them racist and not interest astir it, oregon other they’re going to beryllium everlastingly beholden to these ideas. And if they bash that, they’ll suffer their integrity.
Mr. Jekielek: What was the absorption to you not participating successful the affinity groups?
Ms. Levitt: No 1 said thing astir it. But determination was different incidental wherever a workfellow had emailed an nonfiction astir anti-Semitism successful the societal justness movement. She sent it to the ineligible center. I chimed successful and said, “That’s great. I would anticipation WAA would enactment this arsenic well.” And that acceptable disconnected a firestorm of controversy. I got a ton of disapproving emails that accused maine of furthering achromatic supremacy, taking the spotlight distant from achromatic and brownish people, and saying that anti-black racism is truthful overmuch worse than anti-Semitism. After that, I did person frostier relationships with immoderate of my colleagues. Even absorption said it was a problematic interaction.
The connection being utilized was truthful dehumanizing to achromatic radical and achromatic radical that I didn’t privation thing to bash with it. I honestly judge that radical successful the enactment espouse this ideology successful bully faith. I don’t deliberation they’re being malevolent. I don’t accidental the aforesaid astir immoderate of the consultants and the originators of these ideas, and the radical who are making a batch of wealth disconnected these ideas.
Mr. Jekielek: As a effect of each of this, you person a lawsuit astatine the EEOC, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Please archer maine however that came about.
Ms. Levitt: After I refused to motion the declaration and had the thought betterment session, I knew I had to bash thing astir it. I didn’t privation it to travel to this, due to the fact that I honestly emotion my job. So I had a choice: Keep quiescent oregon bash something. And I chose to bash something. My anticipation is that this volition alteration and I tin proceed moving there, but I don’t cognize if that’s going to beryllium the case.
Mr. Jekielek: Let maine work thing from the document. First of all, “Levitt has satisfied each of the elements for a prima facie lawsuit of Title VII discrimination.” You tin archer maine what that is successful a moment. “WAA has admitted to this disparate treatment, including admitting the differences successful wage for achromatic employees and promoting segregated enactment groups to the EEOC.” What is this astir differences successful pay?
Ms. Levitt: WAA brought successful immoderate consultants to bash a radical equity audit. The premise of the audit is to find wherever achromatic supremacy manifests successful your organization. Not, “Does achromatic supremacy manifest successful your organization?” but “Where?” They’re going to find it. They needed radical connected the audit committee, and those radical would person a stipend. They said that the achromatic and brownish members of the committee would person a higher stipend, owed to the affectional labour they would person to perform.
Mr. Jekielek: Before this interview, you said that each sorts of radical constitute to you and say, “We didn’t recognize that civilian rights instrumentality applies to whites arsenic well.” I thought that was astounding. The concern you’re describing is akin to this.
Ms. Levitt: A batch of radical are nether that assumption, and it’s wrong, due to the fact that the civilian rights laws are for everyone nary substance what your colour is.
Mr. Jekielek: What precisely is Title VII discrimination?
Ms. Levitt: Title VII is portion of the Civil Rights Act, and it governs the workplace. It forbids favoritism connected the ground of race. That’s it successful a nutshell. Part of my ailment is besides astir a racially hostile atmosphere. If you’re subjected to hostile messages astir contention each day, that tin beryllium a hostile ambiance successful your workplace.
Mr. Jekielek: You mentioned determination was besides guidance connected however you should bash your enactment that you recovered problematic.
Ms. Levitt: There were a batch of discussions astir defunding the police. While determination are problems with the police, conscionable similar determination are problems with astir anything, our clients request the constabulary to halt the abuse. What is simply a societal idiosyncratic going to bash successful 1 of these convulsive situations? Domestic unit situations are immoderate of the deadliest calls for constabulary officers. So, if you nonstop a societal idiosyncratic oregon idiosyncratic who’s versed successful restorative justness connected 1 of these calls, what bash you deliberation is going to happen? It could beryllium tragic.
Mr. Jekielek: What bash you anticipation tin hap with your organization? Let’s usage it arsenic a exemplary for the bigger picture, too.
Ms. Levitt: Organizations request to recognize that this benignant of DEI grooming is disruptive to an organization. It pulls organizations distant from their halfway missions, and it’s precise divisive. There are DEI programs that aren’t divisive. They don’t disagreement radical by race, due to the fact that they’re much astir bringing them together. And you truly don’t request to person immoderate soul-baring sessions astatine work. Stay focused connected your mission.
Mr. Jekielek: What bash you anticipation the result of your suit volition be? A batch of radical are watching this precise closely.
Ms. Levitt: I anticipation much radical basal up. I anticipation radical recognize determination are much radical similar them than they think, and they excessively tin basal up to this. There wasn’t thing peculiar astir maine that made maine bash this. Anyone tin bash it. You conscionable person to enactment your caput down and swim.
Mr. Jekielek: I privation you the champion of success. Any last thoughts arsenic we decorativeness up?
Ms. Levitt: I would similar everyone to retrieve that the civilian rights laws are for everyone. This issue, though it’s often painted arsenic a right-wing issue, is not astir near oregon right; it’s astir close oregon wrong. Are we going to let discrimination, oregon are we acceptable to halt it?
EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders” reached retired to Women Against Abuse. A spokesperson acknowledged that Levitt has filed a assertion with the EEOC. WAA said that portion it “cannot remark connected this unfastened EEOC claim,” it believes that “[its] actions successful narration to Ms. Levitt and [its] radical equity enactment were legal.”
This interrogation has been edited for clarity and brevity.
Jan Jekielek is simply a elder exertion with The Epoch Times and big of the show, "American Thought Leaders." Jan’s vocation has spanned academia, media, and planetary quality rights work. In 2009 helium joined The Epoch Times afloat clip and has served successful a assortment of roles, including arsenic website main editor. He is the shaper of the award-winning Holocaust documentary movie "Finding Manny."