AT&T offers employees training that calls racism a “uniquely white trait” — and tells white employees that they “are the problem,” according to a report based on leaked documents.
The telecommunications giant’s “Listen. Understand. Act” training is based on core principles of critical race theory, including “systemic racism,” “white privilege” and “white fragility,” according to City Journal’s Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
Employees are encouraged to study resources, including one that asks, “White America, if you want to know who’s responsible for racism, look in the mirror,” Rufo said.
“White people, you are the problem,” the article reportedly tells employees of why the US is a “racist society.”
“Regardless of how much you say you detest racism, you are the sole reason it has flourished for centuries,” author Dahleen Glanton writes, insisting that “American racism is a uniquely white trait” and that “Black people cannot be racist,” according to the report.
Employees are also encouraged to participate in a “21-Day Racial Equity Habit Challenge” that relies on the concepts of “whiteness,” “white privilege,” and “white supremacy,” Rufo said.
Employees should “do one action [per day for 21 days] to further [their] understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity,” the challenge says.
AT&T’s CEO, John Stankey, launched the program last year, telling staff they have an “obligation to engage on this issue of racial injustice,” Rufo said.
Rufo said he got the documents from a senior employee who told him that AT&T managers are now assessed annually on diversity issues.
White employees are “tacitly expected to confess their complicity in ‘white privilege’ and ‘systemic racism,’” and asked to sign a loyalty pledge to “keep pushing for change,” Rufo said the whistleblower told him.
“If you don’t do it … you’re [considered] a racist,” the senior employee allegedly said.
A spokesman for AT&T told The Post Friday that all the resources were offered completely on “on a voluntary basis” as part of the company’s mission to “build a workplace that is civil, inclusive and understanding.”
The rep ripped Rufo’s report as “filled with misinformation and inaccuracies, including the ridiculous claim that we require employees to participate in ‘race reeducation’ exercises.”
“This is blatantly untrue,” the rep told The Post.
“We simply provide employees with resources they can use on a voluntary basis to facilitate conversations that are important to them, our customers and the communities we serve,” the rep said.
“Whether an employee uses these resources or not is up to them, and does not affect their annual performance rating.
“We have a long and proud history of valuing diversity, equality, and inclusion, and will continue to do so.”