AT&T race theory training says white employees ‘the issue’: report

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AT&T affords employees training that calls racism a “uniquely white trait” — and tells white employees that they “are the problem,” in response to a report based mostly on leaked paperwork.

The telecommunications large’s “Listen. Understand. Act” training is predicated on core ideas of vital race theory, together with “systemic racism,” “white privilege” and “white fragility,” according to City Journal’s Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow on the Manhattan Institute.

Employees are inspired to review resources, together with one which asks, “White America, if you want to know who’s responsible for racism, look in the mirror,” Rufo mentioned.

“White people, you are the problem,” the article reportedly tells employees of why the US is a “racist society.” 

“Regardless of how much you say you detest racism, you are the sole reason it has flourished for centuries,” writer Dahleen Glanton writes, insisting that “American racism is a uniquely white trait” and that “Black people cannot be racist,” in response to the report.

Employees are additionally inspired to take part in a “21-Day Racial Equity Habit Challenge” that depends on the ideas of “whiteness,” “white privilege,” and “white supremacy,” Rufo mentioned.

Employees ought to “do one action [per day for 21 days] to further [their] understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity,” the problem says.

AT&T’s CEO, John Stankey, launched this system final year, telling employees they’ve an “obligation to engage on this issue of racial injustice,” Rufo mentioned.

Part of AT&T’s race training reportedly says, “White people, you are the problem.”
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Rufo mentioned he received the paperwork from a senior worker who instructed him that AT&T managers at the moment are assessed yearly on variety points.

White employees are “tacitly expected to confess their complicity in ‘white privilege’ and ‘systemic racism,’” and requested to signal a loyalty pledge to “keep pushing for change,” Rufo mentioned the whistleblower instructed him.

“If you don’t do it … you’re [considered] a racist,” the senior worker allegedly mentioned.

A spokesman for AT&T instructed The Post Friday that each one the resources have been supplied fully on “on a voluntary basis” as a part of the company’s mission to “build a workplace that is civil, inclusive and understanding.”

The rep ripped Rufo’s report as “filled with misinformation and inaccuracies, including the ridiculous claim that we require employees to participate in ‘race reeducation’ exercises.”

“This is blatantly untrue,” the rep instructed The Post.

“We simply provide employees with resources they can use on a voluntary basis to facilitate conversations that are important to them, our customers and the communities we serve,” the rep mentioned.

“Whether an worker makes use of these resources or not is as much as them, and doesn’t have an effect on their annual efficiency ranking. 

“We have a long and proud history of valuing diversity, equality, and inclusion, and will continue to do so.”