The Coca-Cola Company is under fire for allegedly assigning diversity training to its employees encouraging workers to “try to be less white.”
The allegations stem from an apparent “internal whistleblower” within Coca-Cola who sent several pictures of the “Confronting Racism” training slideshow to YouTube commentator Karlyn Borysenko.
One of the slides encourages workers to “be less white” which means to be “less oppressive,” “less arrogant,” “less certain,” “less defensive,” “less ignorant” and “more humble.”
The training also says that workers should “listen,” “believe,” “break with apathy” and “break with white solidarity” in order to be “less white.”
According to Borysenko, the whistleblower said they were “required” to participate in the training by The Coca-Cola Company.
The slideshows for the training course were created by Robin DiAngelo, author of the book White Fragility, who conducts “anti-racist” training.
Her training is based on the tenants that “racism is the foundation of Western society; we are socialized into a racial hierarchy, all of us are shaped by the forces of racism; no one is exempt, [and] all white people benefit from the racial hierarchy, regardless of intentions.”
DiAngelo’s gig telling white people how racist they are has become quite lucrative. She was paid over $2 million for her book, $12,750 for one speech at the University of Wisconsin, and was set to receive $20,000 for one speech at the University of Connecticut before it was cancelled.
In a press release regarding the controversy, The Coca-Cola Company said that video in question was “not a part of the company’s curriculum.”
“Our Better Together global training is part of a learning plan to help build an inclusive workplace,” the company said. “It is comprised of a number of short vignettes, each a few minutes long. The training includes access to the LinkedIn Learning platform on a variety of topics, including on diversity, equity and inclusion. 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,” The Coca-Cola Company added.
The Daily Citizen reached out to The Coca-Cola Company for comment on the allegations but did not receive a response.
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