Friday, February 15, 2013

Cultural Transformation, the USDA, and millions of dollars

Watch this (and let me know if you understand any of it):


That's a clip from a USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) "cultural sensitivity" training workshop. The man speaking is Samuel Betances, a partner in a Chicago-based company called Souder, Betances & Associates. What they do:
For over a decade Souder, Betances and Associates has been a leader in the field of diversity training and consulting. Do you think you have a diversity-related challenge we can't tackle?
According to Dr. Betances' biography, he's a "citizen of the world" with a doctorate from Harvard, who was a professor for decades, and is now the "foremost communicator on the challenge of casting away barriers to success," as well as being a "consultant to U.S. Presidents." That is some heavy stuff. His partner--Dr. Laura M. Torres Souder--at this company has an impressive biography, as well. She has multiple degrees, is another world traveler, acknowledged expert, and "has recently been elected president of the Board of Directors of the publishing company, New Century Forum, Inc."

I'll get to what's in this nutty workshop in a moment, but first I want to note a couple of red flags--huge red flags--that have gone up as I've looked into this company and its principles.

As a struggling writer, I'm familiar with a couple of writing sites that make it their business to help writers avoid scams, when it comes to both agents and publishers (interested in knowing more? Go here). Thus, I couldn't help but be curious about this New Century Forum publisher, as I've never heard of it.

New Century Forum has no website and a search through Amazon.com and ISBNdb.com yields exactly two books published by New Century Forum, both by Dr. Samuel Betances. Each book has exactly one review on Amazon.com, as well; both are five-star reviews and both were submitted anonymously.

But guess what? New Century Forum does have a physical address, it's 5448 N Kimball Avenue Chicago, the exact same address as Souder, Betances and Associates! Morever, New Century Forum was apparently founded in 1997 with a named preseident: Laura M. T. Souder! It published Betances' first book in 1998 and his second in 2013. That's the company that has supposedly "elected" Dr. Souder president of its board of directors.

Pardon my skepticism, but this all looks pretty fishy. It looks very much like New Century Forum is owned by Dr. Souder and/or Dr. Betances, that it's not a legitimate publishing company--in the traditional sense--at all, that it's merely an imprint for self-published books that are sold to people attending the workshops put on by Souder, Betances and Associates. I can't help but wonder how many of Dr. Betances' books the USDA bought with this program.

As to what Dr. Betances is saying, Judicial Watch has the entire program up on YouTube. There's a great deal of what amounts to nonsense in these videos; participants are told to repeat a number of things for the training. At one point, Dr. Betances says the following:
I want you to say that American was founded by outsiders – say that – who are today’s insiders, who are very nervous about today’s outsiders. I want you to say, ‘The pilgrims were illegal aliens.’ Say, ‘The pilgrims never gave their passports to the Indians.’
Regardless of whether or not these are fair statements, I'm unclear as to how this kind of stuff will help USDA employees do a better job. As Judicial Watch notes, the USDA paid Souder, Betances and Associates some $200,000 for this program.

But guess what? That's just the tip of the iceberg. According to USASpending.gov, Souder, Betances and Associates has received over $3 million from the government for its services. Over $2 million of that came from the U.S. Army. I have to assume it was to pay for the same sort of workshop for Army personnel.

This is big money, serious money. It may not be billions of dollars, but it's still enough to raise some eyebrows. Moreover, there are some serious questions that need to be answered about the company receiving all of this money. Most of it was awarded without competition. Why? There are some connections here that need to be uncovered, in my opinion. And the content of these workshops need to be seriously evaluated to make sure something of real value is being imparted to the participants. Because to me, it has all the markings of a scam.

Cheers, all.

33 comments:

  1. Just another leftist scam!

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    1. Its not just the USDA. This guy has been doing this for years at other Federal Government agencies in the DC area. I was subjected to this mandatory training and it is thoroughly disgusting. Betances has a very lucrative racket going.

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    2. How much did Betances donate to the Native Americans?

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    3. I hope you had some balls and stood up to him and didn't go along with the crap he was pushing. If you went along you are no better.

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  2. Actually the vikings were here before anyone. Diversity is more than just race and gender. The word inclusion describes what anyone should embrace.

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    1. "I believe Diversity is an old wooden ship...."

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    2. Actually the injuns were here before leif Ericson and the vikings arrived. He wrote about them.

      Great work Robert. Hopefully you won't be starving for long. :)

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    3. Agreed. Good to know about the publishing aspect of this mind numbing buffoon sucking off the teet of the tax payers marching to the tune of Obama's America.

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  3. Looks like at some point, the international criminal courts need to sweep our government in DC.

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  4. all I can say is God help us, the nation is in final stages of decay.

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  5. Please find out from country of origin they are from.they sound like Communist indoctrinated Cubans whom abound in USA and were sent to years ago by Fidel Castro to infiltrate this country and spread their poison. This is the same thing he has sent worldwide, you run into it everywhere and it is an idea which abounds in all central and south America, specially spouted by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who is today an openly proclaimed Communist whose mission has been to transform Venezuela from a thriving economy to a gov. take over of everything.

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  6. This sounds conspiratorial, but is a very on-target query. Unfortunately, it is one which would be very difficult to prove without a good deal of luck.

    Nice research and article. I wish the average citizen had as much curiosity, or care.

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    1. Thank you for the compliment.

      And you're right, there likely isn't an end-game here, it's speculation and there's little chance of solid proof coming to light of anything nefarious.

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    2. I read about this guy and heard his speech a few days ago, and looked him up. I found the company or agency which sponsors him. I shot them an email telling them they were demeaning whites and were racist. I reminded them of how this country was developed and by whom.
      I received a short email back calling me to keep my racist views to myself and to not bother them again.
      My, they have thin skin. They did not refute one of my charges or comments, however.
      To be called racist by them can be considered a compliment.

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  7. Idiot leftist douche bags sucking from the teat of the taxpayers and enabled by the 1960 era hippies who have infiltrated all levels of government. They are a danger to all empty headed employees held hostage by their Federal employer. Any one with courage would walk out of this session and give the moderator the finger.

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  8. I don't want an 'educated beyond his intelligence level' n I g g e r telling me that I am an immigrant in my county of birth. I will not be thanking black people for anything but perhaps the music of Motown ... But that's all over now isn't it. Now we can thank them for that disgusting rap trash.

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    1. Please, don't hold back - tell us how you really feel

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  9. they describe themselves (S B & A) on their own website as a "small disadvantaged business" - try to reason with people who look at themselves like that!

    These are scams and this is one of thousands of firms bilking local and state treasuries for billable hours. These are the partners of bigger law firms and so-called advocacy groups (ACLU, NAACP, public unions...) that come in and rake in tons of cash billing for their time to correct an gov. agency's or a school system's or a police department's (or whatever) wrong for example with seminars and these kind of full-of-it and simple minded topical workshops. Or these law firms (NAACP or whatever) threaten private companies with lawsuits over discrimination in some form or another unless they hire guys like this as part of settlement whether their really was a problem or not, then they kick the money back and forth. This is how they get paid, who else would pay for this nonsense? Follow the dollars, these people would starve to death (or have to get real jobs) if Big Law and Big Gov wasn't around to feed back and forth off people like this, they publish and speak commie garbage so then the pieces of commie garbage send them work and an order for "x" amount of billable hours at someone else's expense. Now whoever hired this guy can add to their resume that they helped to usher in a new era of cultural sensitivity to the USDA (or Mayberry P.D. or whatever the next stop is).

    Brilliant scam, destructive and should be criminal, but brilliantly simple like most scams and frauds.


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  10. Wait our good friends and leaders of diversity are from Chicago, who would have guessed. I see Mooches bangs all over this one...

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  11. This is excellent reporting by "Ponds of Happenstance."

    What a shame that I don't see this kind of investigation in the mainstream media.

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  12. Political Correctness:

    A doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, libtards, Democraps, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

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  13. Repeat after me Dr..."White men cant jump or dance, and Black men cant think or do"...

    Repeat after me Dr..."Black people are killing more Black people, times 2, in one year, than the KKK ever did in 86 years"...4,000 killed by KKK in 86 years, 7,000 Blacks killed by other Blacks just last year...

    Repeat after me Dr..."Math does matter when it comes to crime and race"...Blacks make up 12% of population and 54% of all murders.

    Bottom line Dr?---I think Black people of all people, are the most dangerous. Next lesson please?

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    1. I don't think skin color is predictive of, well, anything. As much as I might think this kind of "diversity training" is a waste of resources, I also think people are people.

      There are other reasons for things like differences in crime rates. Really, we should be--at this point in time--ignoring skin color as a matter of course, as a means to criticize, compliment, justify, or anything else.

      Thank you for the comments, but I disagree.

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    2. You spin it however you want it. Math is math. Stats are stats.

      The stats simply put make it more likely a black youth dies by a black youth now than a car crash.

      That IS pathetic.

      Until people quit the charade you demonstrated above of 'lets not look at skin color that's not the reason' this crap will persist.

      Black America needs to do some serious soul searching and uncover and deal with it's cultural issues. Condoning the trash I routinely see as black culture and saying the crime rate it's associated with is incorrect is absurd.

      There's a clear connection.

      References to said black culture: B|tches, hoes, pimpin, 24 inch dubs, bangs from my glock, my ten kids on a TV show etc. etc.

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    3. Robert, your view of "skin color" would be just in an ideal world, but in the real world it reflects the success of PC mind control conditioning or behavioral modification techniques within our society. We are dealing with words that have been loaded with associated values and emotions. "Skin color" is an individual characteristic, and each person deserves to be valued for who they are, rather than outward appearances. That is the ideal anyway.

      However, the adverse influences of "black" culture have a very powerful influence over most of the black population. And, peer pressure forces conformity to standards deemed "black enough" to perpetuate some harmful behaviors and utter nonsense. In fact, this renders many in the black community self-disabled. Successful black intellectuals that choose conservative values and off-the-plantation life paths (i.e., Thomas Sowell, Dr Benjamin Carter, Condoleeza Rice)are not widely honored and revered as they should be by members of their race. This is the elephant in the room, the conundrum that Jake pointed out. Black is not a skin color, it is a mindset, an attitude, a value system, and a set of chains that perpetuate themselves.

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  14. Regarding the avoidance of the giant racial elephant in the national living room I can only say,"If you believe in fairies clap your hands".

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    1. Exactly my sentiment.

      Sad the first Black president couldn't actually lead us into a story worth of the history books...

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  15. Remember what Obama said back in 2008 "Fundamental transformation of America and no one ever asked why?" He was prepared for a time like this in America.

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  16. Someone should inform Betances "Indian" is an offensive term to aboriginal Americans.

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  17. Why all the uproar? The USDA has paid out over a billion dollars in claims to nonexistent black farmers due to a class action lawsuit that was jiggered up by obama when he was a legislator. look up Pigford fraud in Google to find more and then ask why no on eis reporting this.

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/pigford.asp

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    1. True, true. That's an amazing story. Thanks for linking to it here.

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  18. thanks for share..

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