A controversial racial sensitivity training has gone viral, urging employees of a major beverage company to “try to be less white” and “less oppressive” in the workplace.
A recent leak of a Coca-Cola racial sensitivity training has sparked controversy and highlighted the misguided attempts by left-leaning corporations to tackle racism in the workplace. The leaked training encouraged Coca-Cola employees to “try to be less white” and “less oppressive,” further exacerbating racial tensions rather than fostering genuine understanding and unity.
The leaked slides, which quickly spread across social media, included a list of behaviors for employees to adopt in order to “be less white.” These instructions, such as “be less arrogant,” “be less defensive,” and “break with white solidarity,” only serve to further divide employees based on race, rather than promoting inclusivity and mutual respect.
This misguided approach to addressing racism in the workplace is a direct result of the relentless push by Democrats and left-leaning organizations to portray America’s corporations as bastions of white supremacy. Corporate leadership is indeed predominantly white, but the focus should be on providing equal opportunities for all, rather than demonizing a specific racial group.
The Coca-Cola training included statements like, “Understanding what it means to be white, challenging what it means to be racist.” It also claimed that white children as young as three to four years old understand that it is better to be white. This type of rhetoric only serves to perpetuate the narrative that all white people are inherently racist, which is counterproductive in the fight against racial inequality.
In response to the leaked training, some white Coca-Cola employees felt targeted and threatened to boycott the company. A self-identified employment lawyer pointed out that the training appeared to be a form of “blatant racial discrimination.”
Coca-Cola, in their statement to The Sun, attempted to distance themselves from the leaked materials, stating that the training was not part of the company’s curriculum but was accessible on the LinkedIn Learning platform. They claimed their intention was to build an inclusive workplace and foster difficult conversations about race and inequality.
“The video and images attributed to a Coca-Cola training program are not part of the company’s learning curriculum. Our Better Together global training is part of a learning plan to help build an inclusive workplace. It is comprised of a number of short vignettes, each a few minutes long,” Coke said in a statement.
“The training includes access to the LinkedIn Learning platform on a variety of topics, including on diversity, equity, and inclusion,” the statement continued. “The video in question was accessible on the LinkedIn Learning platform but was not part of the company’s curriculum. We will continue to listen to our employees and refine our learning programs as appropriate.”
While it is crucial for companies to address racism and promote diversity in the workplace, the approach taken by Coca-Cola and other left-leaning corporations is deeply flawed. By promoting the idea that white employees need to be “less white” in order to combat racism, these organizations are only further dividing employees along racial lines.
Instead of fostering resentment and animosity, we need to focus on promoting equal opportunities, merit-based advancement, and fostering a culture of respect and understanding among all employees, regardless of race. Only then will we be able to truly create inclusive workplaces where everyone can thrive.
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