Project Veritas released a video on July 18, 2021, exposing children’s toy manufacturer, Hasbro, which partnered with Conscious Kids to force Critical Race Theory [“CRT”] as an acceptable mindset among its employees during mandatory trainings.
David Johnson, who is a Harvey Nash packaging engineer contracting with Hasbro, sat down with Project Veritas founder and CEO James O’Keefe, to discuss the CRT training in which he was forced to participate. Johnson leaked a video to Veritas showing “Conscious Kids” co-founders Katie Ishizuka and Ramón Stephens lecturing Hasbro employees about infants’ inherent racism.
“I decided to come to Project Veritas because I oppose the indoctrination of children that they wanted to push, and I felt that more people needed to know about it,” Johnson said.
“They want to introduce children into racial bias at an early age before they're really able to understand what race and racism is,” he said.
Katie Ishizuka, one of the “Conscious Kids” co-founders that trained Hasbro employees, was recorded explaining how young children are prone to racist behavior.
“By three to six months, babies are beginning to notice and already express preference by race,” 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 said.
“It's absurd to just state as fact that at two years old, children are going to be racist and using race to reason about who they're going to play with,” Johnson said to O’Keefe in response to the recording.
“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.”
“At the age of five, children show many of the same racial attitudes held by adults -- children are really sensitive to the status of different racial groups in our society and show a high-status bias towards white people, which is the socially privileged group in our society. White children show pro-white bias at this age.”
In his sit-down interview with O’Keefe, Johnson expressed shock while hearing Ishizuka’s statements.
“Absolutely absurd to just state categorically that at five years old, your children are as racist as the adults, which is implying that the parents are also racist in some manner. I just think it's absurd. I don't know how they don't see it as discriminatory to group an entire race of people. Like how they explain that the white children have this particular bias against black people,” he said.
“[Critical Race Theory] uses a Marxist lens to look at people as oppressed and oppressors…it divides people who have whiteness as the oppressor and people who lack it as the oppressed, and no matter what, you are split between those two groups. So, it's inherently divisive,” he said.
“I think the end goal for ‘Conscious Kid’ is to make sure that Hasbro is going to use their lens and that Hasbro is going to push their principles through all levels of their product marketing and packaging.”
O’Keefe asked Johnson what he believes the fallout of these revelations will be.
“I don't know what's going to be the fallout of this. I'm sure I'm going to have a lot of detractors and critics. But I think this is a hill worth dying on,” he said.
“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.”
On July 19, 2021, Hasbro insider, David Johnson’s, work access was suspended pending an internal investigation after he leaked internal CRT employee training to Project Veritas.
Harvey Nash partnered with Hasbro, and Johnson was assigned to the Hasbro account through his employment with Harvey Nash as a packaging engineer. Jason Pyle, who serves as Harvey Nash President, informed Johnson during a phone call of his suspension:
Your access has been suspended for the moment while the company investigates some sort of issue of breach confidentiality.
At this moment, your assignment with Hasbro — your access to all company related information has been suspended for the moment while they do this investigation.
I want to understand that — that you're aware that you [David Johnson] have a contract with Harvey Nash that has a confidentiality clause, and whether or not you've properly reviewed that you are not to share any sort of information externally in any way, shape, or form if it's deemed to be proprietary in nature.
In the following days, Johnson’s story landed him spots on major TV shows such as Fox News’ Hannity and Watters World. It also prompted an official response from Hasbro itself.
Though his future was uncertain after exposing corruption within his workplace, Johnson managed to raise over $188,000 after setting up his own crowdfunding campaign on GiveSendGo.