AT&T offers employee training that describes racism as a “uniquely white trait” — and tells white employees that they are “the problem,” according to a report based on leaked documents.
The telecommunications giant “Listen. Understand. Act training” is based on core tenets of critical race theory, including “systemic racism,” “white privilege,” and “white fragility,” According to Christopher Ruffo of the City Journal,, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
Ruffo said employees are encouraged to study resources, including those that ask, “White America, if you want to know who’s responsible for racism, look in the mirror.”
“White people, you are the problem,” the article reportedly tells employees why the United States is a “racial society.”
“No matter how much you hate racism, you are the only reason it has thrived for centuries,” author Dahlen Gallanton wrote, insisting that “American racism is a uniquely white trait” and that “Blacks cannot be racist,” according to the report.
Ruffo said employees are also encouraged to participate in the “21-Day Racial Equality Challenge” which builds on the concepts of “whiteness”, “white privilege” and “white supremacy”.
Employees ‘must do one job [per day for 21 days] For more [their] Understand power, privilege, sovereignty, oppression, and fairness,” says Challenge.
Ruffo said AT&T CEO John Stankey launched the program last year, telling employees they had “an obligation to get involved in the cause of racial injustice.”
Ruffo said he obtained the documents from a senior employee who told him that AT&T managers are now evaluated annually on diversity issues.
Ruffo said that white employees “are implicitly expected to admit their complicity in ‘white privilege’ and ‘systematic racism,’ and ask them to sign a pledge of loyalty to ‘continue to push for change’.”
“If you don’t… then you [considered] racist,” the senior employee claimed.
An AT&T spokesperson told The Post Friday that all resources were provided entirely “on a voluntary basis” as part of the company’s mission to “build a civic, inclusive and understanding workplace.”
The actor tore up Ruffo’s report, calling it “full of misinformation and inaccuracies, including the ridiculous claim that we are asking employees to participate in ‘race re-education’ exercises.”
“This is blatantly untrue,” the rep told The Post.
“We simply provide employees with resources that they can use on a voluntary basis to facilitate important conversations for them, our customers, and the communities we serve,” the delegate said.
“Whether or not the employee uses these resources is up to him, and does not affect his annual performance appraisal.
“We have a long and proud history of valuing diversity, equality and inclusion, and we will continue to do so.”