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‘Be Less White’: Coca-Cola Makes Employees Go Through ‘Anti-Racism’ Training

'Be less oppressive, be less arrogant, be less certain, be less defensive, be less ignorant, be more humble, listen, believe, break with apathy, break with white solidarity...'

Coca-Cola makes its employees go through “anti-racism” training in which they are told to “be less white,” according to leaked footage of the training.

The leaked images show a section of the training titled “Confronting Racism. Understanding what it means to be white. Challenging what it means to be racist.”

The next slide includes instructions on how employees can be “less white.”

“Be less oppressive, be less arrogant, be less certain, be less defensive, be less ignorant, be more humble, listen, believe, break with apathy, break with white solidarity,” the slide says.

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The training claims that this effort to “be less white” should start early and argues white children as young as 3 years old are taught that their ethnicity makes them inherently superior.

“In the U.S. and other Western nations, white people are socialized to feel that they are inherently superior because they are white,” the slide reads. “Research shows that by age 3 to 4, children understand that it is better to be white.”

Coca-Cola confirmed that this training was legitimate, calling it a “part of a learning plan to help build an inclusive workplace.”

“It is comprised of a number of short vignettes, each a few minutes long. The training includes access to the LinkedIn Learning platform on a variety of topics, including on diversity, equity and inclusion,” the company said in a statement.

“The video in question was accessible on the LinkedIn Learning platform but was not part of the company’s curriculum,” said the statement. We will continue to listen to our employees and refine our learning programs as appropriate.”

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