Woke Walmart has trained more than 1,000 employees in critical race theory (CRT), denouncing the US as a “white-supremacy system” and telling staffers to accept their “guilt and shame” and stop thinking “white is right,” according to leaked documents.
Starting in 2018, Walmart began a partnership with Racial Equity Institute — a self-described “alliance of trainers, organizers, and institutional leaders who have devoted ourselves to the work of creating racially equitable organizations and systems.” REI is a “multiracial team of organizers and trainers who are committed to the work of anti-racism transformation.”
REI offers racial equity training through a two-day workshop. The racial equity workshops cost $20,000 for corporations, $15,000 for an institution, and $12,000 for a community. “The virtual presentation is capped at a firm 35 participants to maximize engagement,” REI states.
Journalist Christopher F. Rufo published documents provided to him by a whistleblower pertaining to the Racial Equity Institute training given to Walmart employees. The CRT training was reportedly administered to over 1,000 Walmart employees. The “anti-racist” program is purportedly mandatory for Walmart executives and recommended for hourly wage workers.
Rufo further explains that it frames “whiteness” as a disease that can be cured through training that claims white people have “white privilege” and “internalize racial superiority” no matter their immediate economic status due to systemic racism.
“White supremacy” as a culture is broken down by the materials into traits:
“Defensiveness,” “fear of open conflict,” “individualism,” “paternalism,” “power hoarding,” “objectivity,” “right to comfort” and “worship of the written word” are all seen as promoting this “damaging” worldview.
“We can choose to avoid the impact of racism without penalty,” which the program says white people have the luxury of doing by becoming anti-racist activists.
As for Walmart employees of color, the training says they’re suffering under a hierarchy of systemic racism and that white supremacy lowered their general life inhibitions. Moreover, once minorities realize this system of oppression they live under, they have an emotional reaction of rage and anger they have to suppress to get by.
Rufo closes out his Twitter thread by highlighting how white male CEO Doug McMillon makes $22 million a year. This is far from the first time Rufo has uncovered internal company training seminars intended to politically radicalize a workplace culture. He’s also exposed: Bank of America, CVS, Disney, Google, and Raytheon among others.