T-Mobile issued an email to their employees telling them that they must become "anti-racist," stating that "it's not enough to simply feel food that you don't contribute to racism," according to materials obtained by The Daily Wire. T-Mobile's 53,000 employees are 74 percent minority.
"Allies have realized that it's not enough to not be racist. You have to actually be anti-racist," Executive VP of Consumer Markets Jon Freier wrote. "Being neutral is actually part of the problem."
It was after the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, that Freier, who The Daily Wire's Chrissy Clark notes is a white man, sent the email. One of the emails he sent out told employees to "respect the belief that it's appropriate to 'burn this whole place down.'"
A T-Mobile store was recently looted in Minneapolis as part of BLM rioting. A T-Mobile store in the Minneapolis town of Brooklyn Center was completely destroyed in April during rioting there. Riots that ensued during the summer of 2020 caused billions of dollars in damages.
"I want to be respectful about different points of view here, Freier said in his email. "Some people believe that the only way we get meaningful change in this country is to burn this whole place down."
"If you believe that's outrageous, I'm telling you I've gotten feedback from reasonable people who believe that… What I know is that this violence is not random. It's important to remember why this is happening."
According to The Daily Wire, T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert acknowledged in an email that "dozens of our stores in cities nationwide have been significantly damaged, burned, and looted." Sievert said also that the company would "repair and rebuild" those stores that suffered riot damage and destruction "over time."
One store owner in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, said that "Thirty to 40 people that took all our phones, a bunch of accessories and pretty much destroyed the whole store."
"It hurts," Owner Salim Minek said.
But for HR officer Deeanna King, who Clark notes is also white, employees should read the 1691 Project from The New York Times as well as The New Jim Crow from Michelle Alexander. Employees, 30 percent of whom are Hispanic, should watch videos from Ibram X. Kendi and learn about how to be antiracist, she said.
In her email to the workforce, King singled out the black community, writing that that "Many groups are the target of racism, however, we need to acknowledge the danger the Black community faces on a daily basis from the racism in our society."
T-Mobile in February, in honor of Black History Month, launched their programs to create "pathways to prosperity for Black Americans" to "give students, tech professionals and business owners access to valuable financial, educational and career-development resources."
They wrote on their blog that "Change happens when everyone has equitable access to resources, and these three programs will provide just that for Black Americans." The programs were only for black people, specifically for "Students at historically Black colleges and universities, aspiring diverse workers in the tech and telecom industries and Black small business owners — and allies who support them."
T-Mobile said that "These educational and professional development programs are the Un-carrier’s latest actions to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) within T-Mobile and beyond."
Additionally, they have "promised to send two 'Black leaders' to the 'Black Leadership Academy,' which is offered through the consulting firm McKinsey & Company." A whistleblower brought this to the attention of The Daily Wire, with concerns that these specialized, race-based programs were "violating of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) rules on prohibited employment practices."
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