In recent times unconscious bias training has become compulsory in most private and public sector companies. This is in addition to their roll-out in the Civil Service, the Metropolitan Police, local government departments, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Justice. Diversity officers and ‘diversity Tsars’ (on huge salaries) also abound, including in the allegedly ‘underfunded’ NHS.
This industry has not suddenly popped into existence from nowhere. Although its remit has been widened to include ‘bias’ against LGBT and other supposedly ‘oppressed’ minority groups, its primary line of fire is against ‘racism’ (inverted commas explained in due course). In this respect it has grown from the politically-motivated ‘racism awareness’ courses administered to teachers and to administrative and ancillary workers by a number of fanatical local education authorities during the 1980s.
This was in the context during that decade in which the incursion of so-called ‘anti-racist’ policies were designed to transform schools, with their ‘outmoded’ and ‘monocultural’ academic education, into ideological power-stations. (For some of the effects upon schools, see my article “How the ‘anti-racist’ bandwagon captured the classroom” in TCW Defending Freedom).
During the mid-1980s I was a member of a think tank of academics formed by Roger Scruton, and we published a book, of which I was the editor (with 14 contributors), entitled Anti-Racism – an Assault on Education and Value, which was a critical expose of the corrupted race-relations industry and their activists, and we warned (in vain) of the social and educational dangers of ramming politicised notions of ‘racism’ down people’s throats.