It has become increasingly commonplace to see instances of company workplace culture undergoing a radical shift to the left. This came to the public’s attention due to the continuing efforts of Christopher Rufo.
This latest top company that’s now teaching their staff that America is racist, is telecommunications provider AT&T.
The overall program is divided into the categories of Listen, Understand, and Act. The material employees are suggested to consume includes the standard Dr. Robin DiAngelo "White Fragility" lectures along with the writings of Ibram X. Kendi and Ta-Neshi Coates.
An additional layer of ideological enforcement comes from a selection of articles about race from CNN, Huff Post, and The Atlantic.
In a message from AT&T CEO John Stankey, he highlights the death of George Floyd as the catalyst that led corporate America to push for this agenda of instructing how their employees are supposed to view the topic of race.
It also mentions the January 6th Capitol riot and how the company suspended contributions to the 147 members of congress who refused to certify Electoral College votes.
Further in the packet there’s a section that argues the COVID pandemic was a good thing for leftists as it allowed them to "confront in a deeper, more meaningful way the many faces of racism and how entrenched it is in society."
This, along with the "21-Day Racial Equity Habit Challenge" mentioned in earlier reports, is brought up here as well.
The full report in City Journal includes an inside source’s testimony about how racial tensions are being injected into the corporate hierarchy:
"According to a senior employee, who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity, managers at AT&T are now assessed annually on diversity issues, with mandatory participation in programs such as discussion groups, book clubs, mentorship programs, and race reeducation exercises. White employees, the source said, are tacitly expected to confess their complicity in ‘white privilege’ and ’systemic racism,’ or they will be penalized in their performance reviews. As part of the overall initiative, employees are asked to sign a loyalty pledge to ‘keep pushing for change,’ with suggested ‘intentions’ such as ‘reading more about systemic racism’ and ‘challenging others’ language that is hateful.’ ‘If you don’t do it,’ the senior employee says, ‘you’re [considered] a racist.’"
This mindset follows the standard belief of critical race theory. The ideology’s perception is that everyone who doesn’t become an anti-racist activist, and prefers to stay out of any fighting, is by default upholding the oppressors.
John Stankey become the CEO of AT&T in July 2020.
This is another in a long-running series of exposes by Christopher Rufo. So far this year, a similar string of stories has sprung-up from the likes of: Disney, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Bank of America, Google, CVS Pharmacy, and Walmart.
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