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‘White People, You Are The Problem’: AT&T’s Internal ‘Racial Reeducation Program’ Leaked

“AT&T Corporation has created a racial reeducation program that promotes the idea that ‘American racism is a uniquely white trait’ and boosts left-wing causes such as ‘reparations,’ ‘defund police,’ and ‘trans activism,’” Christopher Rufo reports.

From City Journal:

I HAVE OBTAINED A CACHE OF INTERNAL DOCUMENTS ABOUT THE COMPANY’S INITIATIVE, CALLED LISTEN UNDERSTAND ACT, WHICH IS BASED ON THE CORE PRINCIPLES OF CRITICAL RACE THEORY, INCLUDING “INTERSECTIONALITY,” “SYSTEMIC RACISM,” “WHITE PRIVILEGE,” AND “WHITE FRAGILITY.” CEO JOHN STANKEY LAUNCHED THE PROGRAM LAST YEAR AND, SUBSEQUENTLY, HAS TOLD EMPLOYEES THAT PRIVATE CORPORATIONS SUCH AS AT&T HAVE AN “OBLIGATION TO ENGAGE ON THIS ISSUE OF RACIAL INJUSTICE” AND PUSH FOR “SYSTEMIC REFORMS IN POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.”

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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.” AT&T DID NOT RESPOND WHEN ASKED FOR COMMENT.

ON THE FIRST PAGE OF AT&T’S LISTEN UNDERSTAND ACT INTERNAL PORTAL, THE COMPANY ENCOURAGES EMPLOYEES TO STUDY A RESOURCE CALLED “WHITE AMERICA, IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR RACISM, LOOK IN THE MIRROR.” THE ARTICLE CLAIMS THAT THE UNITED STATES IS A “RACIST SOCIETY” AND LAYS OUT ITS THESIS PLAINLY: “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.” THE AUTHOR, DAHLEEN GLANTON, WRITES THAT “AMERICAN RACISM IS A UNIQUELY WHITE TRAIT” AND THAT “BLACK PEOPLE CANNOT BE RACIST.” WHITE WOMEN, SHE CLAIMS, “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].”

[…] IN THE “ACT” SECTION OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM, AT&T ENCOURAGES EMPLOYEES TO PARTICIPATE IN A “21-DAY RACIAL EQUITY HABIT CHALLENGE” THAT RELIES ON THE CONCEPTS OF “WHITENESS,” “WHITE PRIVILEGE,” AND “WHITE SUPREMACY.” THE PROGRAM INSTRUCTS AT&T EMPLOYEES TO “DO ONE ACTION [PER DAY FOR 21 DAYS] TO FURTHER [THEIR] UNDERSTANDING OF POWER, PRIVILEGE, SUPREMACY, OPPRESSION, AND EQUITY.” THE CHALLENGE BEGINS WITH A SERIES OF LESSONS ON “WHITENESS,” WHICH CLAIMS, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT “WHITE SUPREMACY [IS] BAKED INTO OUR COUNTRY’S FOUNDATION,” THAT “WHITENESS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST LONG-RUNNING SCAMS EVER PERPETRATED,” AND THAT THE “WEAPONIZATION OF WHITENESS” CREATES A “CONSTANT BARRAGE OF HARM” FOR MINORITIES. THE 21-DAY CHALLENGE ALSO DIRECTS EMPLOYEES TO ARTICLES AND VIDEOS PROMOTING FASHIONABLE LEFT-WING CAUSES, INCLUDING “REPARATIONS,” “DEFUND POLICE,” AND “TRANS ACTIVISM,” WITH FURTHER INSTRUCTION TO “FOLLOW, QUOTE, REPOST, AND RETWEET” ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING THE TRANSGENDER TRAINING INSTITUTE AND THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR TRANSGENDER EQUALITY.

Rufo reported earlier this month that Walmart is training white employees that “white is not right.”

Coca-Cola is training white employees to “try to be less white.”

I think I found the “systemic racism” we’ve been told so much about!

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Cross-posted with DC Clothesline

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