AT&T is forcing employees to undergo race “sensitivity” training that claims that racism is a uniquely white trait.
The bizarre racist diatribes in the training materials were brought to light in a recent City Journal exposé.
Among the pearls of wisdom being pushed on employees:
- “White America, if you want to know who’s responsible for racism, look in the mirror.”
- “White people, you are the problem. Regardless of how much you say you detest racism, you are the sole reason it has flourished for centuries.”
- “American racism is a uniquely white trait”
- “Black people cannot be racist.”
- “[White Women] have been telling lies on black men since they were first brought to America in chains,” and, along with their white male counterparts, “enjoy the opportunities and privileges that white supremacy affords [them].”
The training, with segments credited to Dahleen Glanton, Andrés Tapia and other authors, is riddled with crudely racist assertions. But excerpts stand out almost as much for a laughably juvenile tone and lack of anything approaching objective or rigorous research.
Unfortunately, the way AT&T and other “woke” corporations are forcing re-education invectives on their workforces is no laughing matter.
Managers at AT&T are now required to participate in programs such as discussion groups, reading clubs, mentoring programs, and racial reeducation exercises, according to a senior employee who agreed to talk on the condition of anonymity. White workers are implicitly expected to own their role in “white privilege” and “institutional racism,” according to the source, or they will be punished in their performance reports.
Not content to propagandize on the issue of racism, the training also manages to proselytize for transgenderism and other
A “21-Day Racial Equity Habit Challenge” instructs employees to take daily actions to “further [their] understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.”
The actions, conveyed through videos and other materials, promote woke causes including “reparations,” “defund police,” and “trans activism.”
Employees are encouraged to follow and retweet organizations like the Transgender Training Institute and the National Center for Transgender Equality.
A Rancid Polemic Authorized by an Incompetent CEO
If AT&T employees, stockholders or product or service users bristle at the divisive and corrosive falsehoods and distortions of their compulsory race training, they can thank CEO John Stankey.
In an introductory letter to the course, Stankey reveals a deep partisanship that constitutes a dangerous violation of the political freedoms of people who happen to be employed by the company.
For example, Stankey brought up the 2020 election and touted the company’s defunding of Congressional Republicans standing against widespread election fraud and manipulation:
“After the Capitol riot, our employee political action committee (PAC) suspended contributions to the 147 members of Congress who voted not to certify the Electoral College votes of Arizona or Georgia. We had publicly urged against such a vote before Congress met because the rule of law and consistency in the transfer of governmental power is not only foundational to our country but is the key to a stable, well functioning society, our economy and the business interests of AT&T and all of us who work here.”
While characterizing the January 6 protest as a “riot” to be condemned, Stankey’s letter praised and backed the far more destructive and murderous protests that followed the death of George Floyd.
While the caucasion CEO gave generous lip service to his own noble stand in implementing the race training, his actions didn’t extend to relinquishing his own position of ultimate privilege to a non-conforming transgender minority.
AT&T stockholders would probably welcome almost any change at the helm, even Stankey showing up in a skirt borrowed from America’s “first female” (biologically male) four-star officer, Dr. Rachel Levine.
As the NY Post pointed out in a May 2021 article, Stankey has presided over a series of disastrous decisions that has seen the company bleed value and lose market share to T-Mobile, Netflix and other rivals.
As Christopher F. Rufo, author of the CJ article points out, “AT&T is another Fortune 100 company that has succumbed to the latest fad: corporate ‘diversity and inclusion’ programming that traffics in the ugly concepts of race essentialism and collective guilt.”
The CJ article can be read here.