In case you hadn’t noticed, society and your employer now judge you entirely by your skin color. At most Fortune 100 companies, the skin color with which you were born determines your starting and endpoint. And if you are a white, non-executive employee, you must immediately confess and atone for the sins of your ancestors.
A cache of internal documents obtained by Christopher F. Rufo pulls the curtains back on AT&T’s racial re-education program — a new mandatory course that claims that “American racism is a uniquely white trait” and that attempts to normalize dangerous ideas like “defund police.”
The Listen Understand Act program bases its core principles on critical race theory, intersectionality, systemic racism, white privilege, and white fragility. Again, this is happening at AT&T, the largest telecommunications company in the world.
AT&T CEO John Stankey, a white man, launched the program last year, telling employees that private corporations such as AT&T have an “obligation to engage on this issue of racial injustice” and to push for “systemic reforms in police departments across the country.”
But why would private companies obey such overtly racist commands?
In short, Stankey and other Peter principle suits are fragile and afraid. They believe that they must point a finger at their white employees. Otherwise, critics might uncover other unsavory decisions and practices at the company. Some blue-check might even level the execs racists themselves. Not a single one of these corporate stooges believes he could weather a 48-hour storm of flimsy op-eds.
Thus, people in power implement racist policies to show they aren’t racist. Remember, only one crowd gets to decide who is and is not racist. The dictionary has no say. To the New York Times and other racial tyrants, treating individuals equally, regardless of race, is no longer enough.
The details of the AT&T program are appalling. According to a senior employee, AT&T assesses its managers on diversity issues and requires them to make sure white employees confess their complicity in “white privilege” and “systemic racism.” It doesn’t matter how many times executives prove there is no white privilege at their corporation, someone must still answer for the times it existed in the past.
AT&T is not merely encouraging white employees to apologize for their skin color. The company is actually demanding it.
The same senior employee explained:
“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 said, “you’re [considered] a racist.”
In other words, do as AT&T says, or the company will punish you in the name of fighting systemic racism.
On the first page of AT&T’s Listen Understand Act internal portal, the company tells employees to consult a Chicago Tribune column entitled “White America, if you want to know who’s responsible for racism, look in the mirror.”
According to author Dahleen Glanton, “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.”
Glanton also finds that black people cannot be racist — never, ever.
The column goes on for pages, making the same point repeatedly: if you are white, you must look in the mirror, feel a sense of guilt, and move out of the way.
Here are more highlights from another CRT resource that AT&T has foisted upon its white employees, via Rufo:
“The program argues that ‘COVID-19 may have actually helped prepare us to confront in a deeper, more meaningful way the many faces of racism and how entrenched it is in society.’ According to the article, written by Andrés Tapia of the consulting firm Korn Ferry, the pandemic has created a ‘brooding sense of always feeling vulnerable’ for white Americans, which has forced them to fear imminent death, which ‘many Blacks live with every day.’ Furthermore, as millions of Americans have lost their jobs and secured unemployment benefits, they ‘have more time’ to attend street protests, which provided ‘a way to feel like one could have an impact.’ As a result, Tapia argues, the pandemic established the conditions for a sense of ‘shared helplessness’ that has resulted in political activism.”
That is what an openly racist system looks like. These re-education programs are widespread across all major industries. It’s how corporations that cater to outside noise operate.
Liberals in power want to degrade white subordinates to protect themselves. It’s the easiest way out. AT&T, Nike, and the NBA think they are outsmarting the progressive takeover by participating in this overtly anti-white industrial paradigm, but it won’t save them from the mob in the end. No one who participates in the game is safe.