American Express invited the great-grandson of the Nation of Islam's founder to tell its workers about the evils associated with capitalism as part of Critical Race Theory training instituted by the credit card giant, internal documents show, according to writer Christopher Rufo. In the documents obtained by Rufo, workers were instructed to "identify the privileges or advantages you have" and also told that in order to be a team "ally" that they should not "speak over members of the Black and African-American community."
The company is calling all of this, which was created after George Floyd's death, its "Anti-Racism Initiative," Rufo states, adding that employees are trained to "deconstruct their own intersectional identities, mapping their 'race, sexual orientation, body type, religion, disability status, age, gender identity citizenship' onto an official company worksheet."
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the great-grandson of Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad, was brought in to tell American Express employees that their employer has been "complicit in giving privileges in one community against the other."
The training documents show that Muhammad then started talking about "reparative work" and how American Express should start setting up products "that don't maximize profit."
It doesn't stop there. Employees are also encouraged to indulge in podcasts such as Beyond Prisons which "explores incarceration from an abolitionist perspective. These same employees are encouraged to read "What is Owed," from the New York Times. That is an essay from Nikole Hannah-Jones, the woman who thinks Cuba is the most equal country in the Western Hemisphere. She's also the '1619 Project' founder.
Why stop there? AmEx workers are also encouraged to read up on "The Case For Reparations" from Ta-Nehisi Coates, who has been hired to write a script for a new Superman, but this time Superman will be black.
Rufo writes in his New York Post article that it's unclear whether AmEx "will forgo profits or abandon capitalism, as it encourages its employees to do."
As of Wednesday, the company's stock was up 65% over the last year while workers were being instructed that capitalism is evil. It's also unclear what will happen to workers who don't start identifying their alleged privilege.