The German government is publicly obsessed with Nazism: how it happened, how to keep it from happening again. Germany is regularly held up as an example of how a nation should deal with crimes in its past; I have seen half a dozen times this year the argument that the US should take the approach Germany takes to the Holocaust in dealing with our legacy of race slavery. The German police in particular all receive special training in their history; “cadets across the country are now taught in unsparing detail about the shameful legacy of policing under the Nazis.” They visit concentration camps, meet Holocaust survivors, are taught about how it feels to be persecuted.
And the result is, well:
Germany has been besieged by revelations of police officers in different corners of the country forming groups based on a shared far-right ideology.
“I always hoped that it was individual cases, but there are too many of them now,” said Herbert Reul, the interior minister of North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, where 203 police officers are under investigation in connection with reported far-right incidents.
For Mr. Reul, the alarm sounded in September, when 31 officers in his state were found to have shared violent neo-Nazi propaganda. “It was almost an entire unit of officers — and we found out by chance,” Mr. Reul said this past week in an interview. “That floored me. This is not trivial.”
That's from an article in The Times titled,
Now I am not saying that there is nothing we can do about Neo-Nazis, or about racism. But if you think, as many Americans seem to think, that acquainting people with the facts about past crimes is somehow going to reform them, you are just plain wrong. The German police get more anti-racist training than the general population, and have ended up more racist.
The great preponderance of the evidence shows that anti-bias training has no effect, and many studies find that it has an effect opposite to what was intended. In fact I have never seen a major study not funded by anti-bias training companies that finds a positive effect.
If you think you can train people out of racism, sexism, or any other sort of bias, you should consider the German police. Because the anti-bias training they receive goes far beyond what any American company or university has ever offered, and it is not working.