Concerns over Potential Violation of Civil Rights Law
Government agencies, including NASA and the Department of Energy (DOE), are facing scrutiny for their association with a controversial diversity consultant, Janice Gassam Asare. The consultant, who is linked to BWG Business Solutions, has come under fire for her views on race and workplace diversity.
Alarming Claims and Racially Charged Language
Gassam Asare’s work, which includes a guide titled “Decentering Whiteness in the Workplace: A Guide for Equity and Inclusion,” has raised eyebrows. She discusses how the concept of “whiteness” has infiltrated corporate environments. In a letter addressing the issue, Vance, a government official, alleges that Gassam Asare coined the term “white perversion.”
Furthermore, Vance’s letter claims that Gassam Asare praised the 1970 attack on the Marin County Civic Center by members of the Black Panther Party, describing it as an “empowering” and “inspiring” example of “Slave Rebellion.” The attack resulted in the death of Judge Harold Haley. The letter also accuses Gassam Asare of collectively criticizing white people for perpetuating the “white gaze” that controls societal norms and operations.
Gassam Asare’s advocacy for employers to provide “micro-reparations” exclusively to Black employees, suggesting benefits such as race-based pay raises and promotions, has also drawn criticism.
Potential Legal Implications and Congressional Inquiry
Vance asserts that the government should not be associated with Gassam Asare or her consulting business, citing potential violations of federal civil rights law. He argues that her inclusion in federal agencies’ training programs might create hostile work environments.
To address these concerns, senators have requested information from the DOE and NASA regarding any payments or contracts with Gassam Asare or BWG Business Solutions. Lawmakers are seeking clarification on the nature of services provided, confirmation or denial of her claims of contracting with the agencies, documentation of these services, and steps taken to ensure there are no business relationships.
The letter also calls for an explanation of how Gassam Asare’s trainings comply with federal law, which prohibits the use of federal funds for programs likely to induce emotional distress or psychological stress.
Broader Opposition to DEI Initiatives
Vance’s criticism of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives extends beyond the current controversy. He recently published an open letter on social media, urging the incoming president of Ohio State University to abandon such mandates. Accusing the university of hiding “racial hatred” behind rhetoric of racial justice, Vance condemned their hiring practices and curricula.
As the investigation unfolds, Fox News has reached out to Gassam Asare, the DOE, and NASA for comment.
Fox News’ Timothy H.J. Nerozzi contributed to this report.