Verizon Hops on Critical-Race Bandwagon, Tells Employees that US Built on Racism

'The company is promoting the conventional wisdom of the academic Left and the American bureaucracy...'

Verizon is following the corporate ‘woke’ bandwagon in conducting race-based training with a pedigree from Critical Race Theory that teaches that fundamentally the US is a racist nation, said a researcher who received internal documents on the Verizon training.

Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, reported in the City Journal that Verizon launched the program last year.

“According to documents that I have obtained from a whistleblower, Verizon launched the ‘Race & Social Justice’ initiative last year and has created an extensive race reeducation program based on the core tenets of critical race theory, including ‘systemic racism,’ ‘white fragility,’ and ‘intersectionality,” said Rufo.

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Rufo said that in the introduction, participants were asked to deconstruct their social identity according to race and sex and then invited to “determine whether they are an ‘oppressor’ or ‘oppressed’ in American society.”

One of the key teachings of CRT is that each person belongs to either a group of oppressors or a group of oppressed.

CRT is a Marxist concept that divides people into classes by race, instead of traditional communist class structures regarding control of the economy.

Verizon hosts a website billed as a “Race & Social Justice Action Toolkit” that includes books on CRT, movies that feature examples of oppression, and podcasts from Kimberlé Crenshaw, who first coined the term “intersectionality” in 1989.

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Intersectionality is the concept that we are identified in a hierarchal caste by race and gender and sexual identify that determines where we fit within the American social system.

For example, a black, gay woman would be in a lower caste than a black, gay man and thus be more oppressed, because the male caste outranks the female caste.

Because of the greater innate oppression with which she was born, the woman would, for practical purposes, outrank the man in the intersectional hierarchy and be more deserving to have her perspectives and rights elevated to a higher level of value.

“Verizon claims that this conversation, and its broader antiracism program, will ‘accelerate systemic change,’” wrote Rufo. “In reality, however, the company is promoting the conventional wisdom of the academic Left and the American bureaucracy.”

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