Coca Cola against staff: "Don't be too white!"
Coca-Cola employees were urged "Less white" to be part of the diversity training from the company - but the material was taken offline following a viral whistleblower post.
The relevant course 'Countering racism' was offered by LinkedIn Education and used by the soda titan.
"In the US and other Western countries, white people are socialized to feel that they are inherently superior for being white", reads one of the slides, reportedly sent by one “Internal whistleblower” and posted on Twitter by YouTube commentator Karlyn Borysenko.
Try to be less white and break with white solidarity
Another slide suggests 'try to be less white' with tips such as 'be less oppressive', 'listen', 'faith' en 'break with white solidarity'.
Borysenko, who describes herself as a proponent of banning critical race theories, said the screenshots were sent to her by a “Internal whistleblower” from Coca-Cola, who told her the course "obligated" was.
Her tweet from Friday has garnered 18.000 retweets and more than 34.000 likes.
"The course Confrontational Racism with Robin DiAngelo is no longer available in our course library at the request of the third-party content provider from whom we licensed this content ”, told Nicole Leverich, Vice President of Corporate Communications, in an email to Newsweek .
Inclusivity blah blah ...
Leverich continued: “We offer a wide range of learning content, including more than 270 courses on the topics of diversity, inclusion and connectedness. We will continue to add new courses to help people learn the skills they need to be more successful in their careers, including the basic skills we all need to be effective allies and help build a more equitable future . “
DiAngelo, meanwhile, insists she didn't know she was featured in the course.
“The included slides were not created by Dr. DiAngelo, ” said her representative, Caitlin Meyer.
“She was not aware that the videos had been re-edited in this way, or that they were being marketed as an anti-racism course / training, as the way the content was put together does not accurately reflect how she would facilitate that. . type of work."
Coca-Cola denied that the training was mandatory for employees, Newsweek reported. But Borysenko told the point of sale that several employees said it was, in fact, necessary.
The beverage giant told the publication that although the 'Better Together'initiative included access to the LinkedIn diversity training course 'was not part of the company's curriculum'.
“We will continue to listen to our employees and refine our learning programs where necessary”, the company said.
Manman ... Shit about races. What do we care about those races. You are judged on your individual behavior.