Walmart has forced more than 1,000 executives to through ‘critical race theory training’ that teaches white people are guilty of ‘white supremacy thinking’ and ‘internalized racial superiority,’ according to documents leaked by a whistleblower.
Walmart launched the training program in 2018 under CEO Doug McMillon through the Racial Equity Institute – a North Carolina-based firm that works with universities, government agencies and corporations – making the program mandatory for executives and recommending it to hourly-wage employees.
According to the documents leaked to City Journal, the program begins with the claim that the US is a ‘white supremacy system’ designed by white Europeans ‘for the purpose of assigning and maintaining white skin access to power and privilege.’
The whistleblower also claimed that McMillon is a believer in critical race theory and hopes to export the program to other large corporations through his role as chairman of the Business Roundtable, which comprises of more than 200 of American’s largest companies.
Despite the commitment to promote diversity and racial equality, only one of Walmart’s nine top executives is not white, Global Chief Technology Officer Suresh Kumar, and the vast majority of its 40 vice presidents are white.
The top six leaders reportedly made a combined $112 million in salary in 2019.
Walmart’s program allegedly argues that American history is a long sequence of oppressions, from the ‘construction of a ‘white race’ by colonists in 1680 to President Barack Obama’s stimulus legislation in 2009, ‘another race neutral act that has disproportionately benefited white people.’
It also teaches worker that 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.’
Discussion about racist conditioning are then reportedly conducted in racially segregated groups because ‘people of color and white people have their own work to do in understanding and addressing racism.’
The documents claims employees are then taught about the struggles of minorities who believe the ‘myths promoted by the racist system,’ develop feelings of ‘self-hate,’ ‘anger,’ ‘rage,’ and ‘ethnocentrism,’ and are forced to ‘forget,’ ‘lie,’ and ‘stop feeling’ in order to secure basic survival.
It also says that employees of color are shattered and broken by dominating messages such as – ‘something wrong with being a person of color,’ ‘we have lowered self-esteem,’ ‘we have lowered expectations,’ ‘we have very limited choices,’ and ‘we have a sense of limited possibility.’
The program allegedly summarizes ‘white supremacy culture’ in a list of qualities, including ‘individualism,’ ‘objectivity,’ ‘paternalism,’ ‘defensiveness,’ ‘power hoarding,’ ‘right to comfort, ‘and ‘worship of the written word.’
All of which ‘promote white supremacy thinking’ and ‘are damaging to both people of color and to white people.’
It goes on to say that white executives, managers and trainers are taught to think ‘white is not right,’ and to acknowledge their complicity in racism in order to move forward and make positive changes so that ‘white can do right.’
Walmart confirmed that the company has engaged with the Racial Equity Institute ‘for a number of training sessions since 2018’ and ‘while the company does not agree with all of the views that were presented found these sessions to be thought provoking and constructive.’
Walmart told DailyMail.com that the program is designed for corporate officers and salaried managers, not frontline hourly associates.
The race-based program was established with the Racial Equity Institute, which was co-founded by Deena Hayes-Greene and Suzanne Plihcik and works with companies and organizations to develop tools to promote growth, diversity and equality.
Hayes-Greene serves as the organizations managing director and has 15 years of experience as a community and institutional organizer in addressing inequality. She also chairs the Achievement Gap, School Safety and Histor…