Corporate America reaches 'limits' on implementing CRT in the workplace

Despite the diversity hustle companies embraced during the summer of "largely peaceful protests," there are limits to how far left they will veer to gain progressive brownie points.

Alex Anas Ahmed Calgary AB

Despite the diversity hustle companies embraced during the summer of "largely peaceful protests," there are limits to how far left they will veer to gain progressive brownie points.

Following the tragic murder of George Floyd, some firms thought it wise to indoctrinate office workers with Critical Race Theory.

"CRT is an amalgam of left-wing talking points spewed out by the growing diversity-consulting business. The stated purpose by its practitioners sounds noble enough: Use CRT to root out racism and make the world a better place," wrote Fox Business Senior Correspondent Charles Gasparino in a NY Post op-ed.

"Racism gets rooted out mainly by brainwashing white people into believing they are inherently evil racists," he wrote concerning the identity-driven ideology of CRT advocates. They claim "[white people] are intrinsically evil racists because America is systemically racist, no matter how much it has strived during its history to be better."

Gasparino said the culture of corporate America seeks good corporate citizens that need to be re-educated and reprogrammed from their ­increasingly racist past, per NY Post.

"CRT began where most dumb ideas begin, among leftists on college campuses," reads the op-ed, adding: "It wasn't long before it somehow began seeping into the mainstream, into classrooms and finally into corporate America" after the unrest of the past year.

But Gasparino said CRT had faced obstacles. Across the country, he said parents are objecting to teaching kids they are "evil little racists" as mounting evidence showed CRT is under review in ­corporate America.

"At the height of the racial unrest last year, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon took a knee in apparent support of the radical and Marxist "Black Lives Matter" movement," wrote Gasparino.

The New York Times reported that the email inbox of Robin ­DiAngelo, the academic considered one of the key architects of CRT, "was flooded with urgent emails" from various companies requesting that she share her thoughts with their employees.

One of those companies, according to the Times, was Goldman Sachs. But when Eleanor Terrett of Fox Business pressed Goldman on the matter, a senior executive denied DiAngelo retrained for its diversity training. DiAngelo did not respond to a request for comment.

"Goldman appears not to be alone in drawing the line in its CRT wokeness. Executives at Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and, yes, Dimon's JPMorgan all claim they are not advocating CRT as part of their diversity training," reads Gasparino.

"The big banks saw how foolish American Express, the mega-profitable credit-card company, looked recently when Chris Rufo of the Manhattan Institute reported how the company had forced its employees to take part in anti-American, anti-capitalist, CRT "bias" training," he writes. Amex continued to ignore Gasparino's calls and emails on the matter.

"CRT is also counterproductive. Big companies, giant investment banks, rely on teamwork," he added, claiming CRT divides people along racial lines between oppressors and the oppressed.

"We need people to get along," said one executive at a big bank that has cleansed CRT from training sessions.

That said, workplace-inclusion consultants told Gasparino the trend away from this divisive training is happening because it's both "exhausting" and "idiotic" to say people are inherently evil and expect them to work together.

"I think there's a recognition that companies were failing to ask if they were leaning too much into identity along the lines of race, ethnicity and gender," said Ilana Redstone, a sociology professor at the University of Illinois and founder of Diverse Perspectives Consulting.

She believes this is changing as there is a middle ground where those dimensions of identity matter, and so does the individual. "Not everyone sees their race, ethnicity or gender as the most important part of who they are," she said.


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