An insider from Hasbro, the children’s toy producer, claimed Critical Race Theory (CRT) is taught to kids through products.
The whistleblower, David Johnson, who is a packaging engineer, told Project Veritas of company training by a third-party organization, The Conscious Kid. The organization describes itself as, “an education, research, and policy organization dedicated to equity and promoting healthy racial identity development in youth.”
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In a training at Hasbro, co-found Katie Ishizuka 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.”
She continued, “By age three, children are already starting to apply stereotypes, and research shows that they also may use racist language intentionally at this age. 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.”
Johnson said, “They are attempting to covertly push CRT through branding and messaging.” He went on to tell Project Veritas founder, James O’Keefe, “I think that progress in its truest sense is that we should not be judging each other by the color of our skin, but rather by the content of our character and actions.”
In a statement on a support page, Johnson wrote, “I refused to sit back as this harmful ideology is being pushed onto children, knowing that whistleblowers generally lose their jobs, and sometimes have their identities attacked or defamed. I had to bring attention to this; I don’t want a future divided by race and hatred.”
After coming forward, Johnson’s employee accesses were suspended. Jason Pyle, the parent company president, told Johnson in a recorded call, “At this moment your assignment with Hasbro — your access to all company-related information has been suspended for the moment [during] this investigation.”
Hasbro released a statement on Tuesday, writing, “We occasionally invite third-party speakers for optional sessions to discuss diverse viewpoints.” Johnson claimed the training was mandatory for him. With regard to the CRT training, they continued, “The views expressed by external speakers are their own and do not reflect the views of the company.”