Rantz: Seattle clinic demands high school educator commit to left-wing racial views

Jul 25, 2022, 6:00 PM

Vashon Island High School campus (Photo courtesy of Vashon Island High School)...

Vashon Island High School campus (Photo courtesy of Vashon Island High School)

(Photo courtesy of Vashon Island High School)

A Seattle-based healthcare provider is requiring applicants for a high school educator role to commit to left-wing agenda. How much of this propaganda will be pushed onto students in the classroom?

Neighborcare is hiring a health educator to work at Vashon Island High School to promote long-acting reversible contraception as a means to prevent unintended pregnancy and provide other information about sex education. But the job application makes it clear that they must also subscribe to far-left racial equity goals.

Applicants must work to achieve Neighborcare’s mission of dismantling unnamed supremacist policies, acknowledge the dangers of institutionalized white supremacy, and prevent white people from having too influential a voice in its equity mission. It has effectively established an ideological purity test for future employees. It prompted a concerned prospective applicant to flag this application to the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH.

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Embrace a far-left mission before educating teens

If applicants thought they’d simply educate high school students about pregnancy and sexual health, they found out quickly that they were mistaken.

As is common, Neighborcare lists its mission statement on the job application page. But it also adds a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). In order to work for the healthcare provider, applicants “must” work to fulfill its EDI goals.

Neighborcare demands its employees “identify, address, and dismantle supremacist policies and practices, heal the damage they cause, and remove the barriers to achieving equity for our staff and patients.” It does not explain the policies and practices, nor explain how they cause damage or set up barriers to healthcare access.

Through training and “clear directives,” the health educator must “acknowledge the deadly impact of racism and white supremacy in the fabric of our institutions, society, and nation.” And if white staff are too influential in advancing or setting the goals, Neighborcare promises to “center the voices of people of color in the conversation.”

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Equity Mad Libs

Neighborcare does not offer any examples of racist policy it references in its mission. It regurgitates the same progressive script we’ve seen before. It’s like an equity Mad Libs where they fill in just enough words to personalize the mission to what they do as an organization.

But far-left activists believe this country — and all its institutions, including healthcare, education, and criminal justice — were founded through a white supremacist lens. Those institutions, they believe, must be dismantled and rebuilt. Based on the job application, which says it has a “public commitment to racial justice and health equity,” applicants presumably must be vocal about these political beliefs.

The Jason Rantz Show on KTTH asked a Neighborcare spokesperson if she could explain the impetus for the EDI mission, examples of “supremacist policies and practices,” and if qualified applicants can apply, even if they do not subscribe to left-wing claims about racism. The spokesperson said she spoke with leadership and decided to pass on providing comment.

The Vashon Island School District also did not respond to a request for comment.

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Here’s why this matters

Healthcare providers like Neighborcare can hold whatever fringe beliefs they want to hold.

I find it gets in the way of providing the very healthcare and education it hopes to offer. After all, not everyone feels comfortable visiting a healthcare provider that institutionalizes such wild positions. Can you trust them to provide healthcare free from political bias about your privilege?

Still, Neighborcare has every right to center its work around political beliefs. It is hardly the only healthcare provider in the area to espouse such views.

But this health educator is put in front of public high school students.

Students should be free from political indoctrination. Given the mission of Neighborcare, it seems unlikely that politics won’t leak into the health education role. It’s also reasonable to wonder if, given the center’s ideological bent, students will get health education based on science rather than politics.

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Rantz: Seattle clinic demands high school educator commit to left-wing racial views