by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Ryan Mills writes at National Review Online about unusual accusations linked to a Minneapolis political dispute.
The former racial-equity director for the City of Minneapolis claims that she is the victim of anti-black racism, including by prominent black leaders of the far-left Minnesota city.
In a 14-page memo sent this month to city leaders, Tyeastia Green alleges that she was subjected to a “racist” and “toxic” work environment almost immediately after she was hired to be the city’s director of racial equity, inclusion, and belonging a year ago.
Green alleges that city leaders have lied about her, gaslit her, sabotaged her, used “weapons of whiteness” against her, and have intentionally erected “every barrier” to ensure that she failed. Her memo quotes prominent black writers Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison, as well as authors of books about workplace racism, colorism, antiblackness, and black feminist rage.
The memo, published online by the Star Tribune, even includes a diagram outlining the typical pattern of “The ‘Problem’ Woman of Colour in the Workplace,” which starts with “white leadership” making a “tokenized hire,” followed by a honeymoon phase, and ending with targets and attacks against the woman, who then exits the organization. “I believe I have gone through each of these phases,” Green wrote, “and that’s unfortunate.”
Green also accuses black city council members Latrisha Vetaw and Andrea Jenkins, the council president, of lying about her and engaging in antiblack racism against her. “Blacks can utilize Antiblackness and racism against other Blacks,” she wrote, accusing Vetaw and Jenkins of creating “an unsafe and unhealthy work environment for Black people.”
Green’s claims of victimhood come after the Star Tribune reported that she made false statements to the city council last month about donor funding for the “I Am My Ancestors’ Wildest Dream Expo,” a celebration of Minneapolis’s black community.