Christopher Rufo, the famous investigative journalist and opponent of critical race theory, claims in a recent City Journal piece that “Walmart Inc. has launched a critical race theory training program that denounces the United States as a ‘white supremacy system’ and teaches white, hourly wage employees that they are guilty of ‘white supremacy thinking’ and ‘internalized racial superiority.‘”
Citing a bevy of internal documents sent to him by a whistleblower, Rufo shows the radical, far-left nature of Walmart’s current training program, which is mandated for executives and recommended for hourly workers.
For example, Rufo reports that the program, which Walmart began in 2018 in a partnership with the Racial Equity Institute, focuses on such CRT-premised topics as “intersectionality,” “internalized racial oppression,” “internalized racial inferiority,” and “white anti-racist development.”
The Racial Equity Institute’s homepage states “WE ARE AN ALLIANCE OF TRAINERS, ORGANIZERS, AND INSTITUTIONAL LEADERS WHO HAVE DEVOTED OURSELVES TO THE WORK OF CREATING RACIALLY EQUITABLE ORGANIZATIONS AND SYSTEMS. WE HELP INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS DEVELOP TOOLS TO CHALLENGE PATTERNS OF POWER AND GROW EQUITY.”
The program developed by the REI for Walmart first attacks the American system, as is typical for CRT training programs. In Rufo’s words:
The program begins with the claim that the United States is a “white supremacy system,” designed by white Europeans “for the purpose of assigning and maintaining white skin access to power and privilege.” American history is presented as a long sequence of oppressions, from the “construction of a ‘white race’” by colonists in 1680 to President Obama’s stimulus legislation in 2009, “another race neutral act that has disproportionately benefited white people.” Consequently, the Walmart program argues, white Americans have been subjected to “racist conditioning” that indoctrinates them into “white supremacy,” or the view “that white people and the ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and actions of white people are superior to People of Color and their ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and actions.”
The program also argues that it is not true, for whites, at least, that “one’s comfort, wealth, privilege and success has been earned by merits and hard work.” Rather, it claims that systemic racism is at the root of success for whites.
Such arguments against hard work might be strange for an employer to promote, but they are all the rage in CRT thinking. The Smithsonian, for example, claimed that “hard work” and “self-reliance” are “aspects and assumptions” of “white culture.”
Walmart’s program, again according to Rufo, supports race-based segregation for diversity training efforts, claiming that such segregation is necessary because “people of color and white people have their own work to do in understanding and addressing racism.”
And what does the report claim the solution is?
The program encourages whites to accept their “guilt and shame,” adopt the idea that “white is not right,” acknowledge their complicity in racism, and, finally, move toward “collective action” whereby “white can do right.” The goal is for whites to climb the “ladder of empowerment for white people” and recreate themselves with a new “anti-racist identity.”
Shocking as Rufo’s expose may be, Walmart is far from the only company to institute such a program.
Coca-Cola, for example, had its employees attend a now-infamous “be less white” diversity training seminar. As the New York Post reported at the time:
Coca-Cola employees were urged to be “less white” as part of the company’s alleged diversity training — but the material was yanked offline following a viral whistleblower post.
The “Confronting Racism” course in question was offered by LinkedIn Education and allegedly utilized by the soft-drink titan.
“In the U.S. and other Western nations, white people are socialized to feel that they are inherently superior because they are white,” reads one of the slides, allegedly sent from an “internal whistleblower” and posted on Twitter by YouTube commentator Karlyn Borysenko.
Another slide suggests “try to be less white” with tips including “be less oppressive,” “listen,” “believe” and “break with white solidarity.”
Under Armour created a similar program. According to The Daily Wire:
According to a whistleblower, fitness clothing company Under Armour forced its white employees last year to participate in a live training session that asked them to consider ways in which they might be racist or privileged and urged them to have “a little more going on than, we just were taught to see everybody as equal.”
Walmart. Coca-ola. Under Armour. Are all of America’s large companies creating anti-white “diversity” training programs? Based on the investigative work of Rufo and others, it appears many are.