In an online course as part of a corporate initiative for employees, Coca-Cola included a presentation that contained slides on how to “be less white.” Conservative blogs have picked up the story, but the mainstream media are largely silent.
International soft drink giant Coca-Cola is including a controversial online presentation about race for their internal Our Better Together initiatives designed for Coca-Cola employees.
- According to images and screenshots leaked to Karlyn Borsenko, the online seminar includes a session on “Confronting Racism” encourages employees to “try to be less white.”
- The course provided examples ways in which “to be less white,” including: be less oppressive, be less arrogant, be less certain, be less ignorant.
- The presentation was created by Robin DiAngelo, author of the book White Fragility, and has been used on multiple college campuses for public town halls and professional development training.
- Coca-Cola’s response to a request for comment emphasized the course, available via LinkedIn Learning, “is not a focus of our company’s curriculum” and they will “continue to refine this curriculum.”
- The mainstream and liberal media have completely ignored this story.
- One minor left-wing site, SheThePeople, briefly covered the story by providing a biography of the online course’s creator, Robin DiAngelo.
- Townhall’s Matt Vespa, who is of Asian descent and was adopted by white Americans, excoriated the presentation, saying “political correctness mobs, seminars, pseudo-intellectual race theories” are “a taste of Joe Biden’s America.”
- Legal Insurrection blog took Coca-Cola to task, saying the corporation is “apparently fully onboard with dehumanizing their staff”, and highlighting Black conservative Candace Owens’ response: “If a corporate company sent around a training kit instructing black people how to ‘be less black’, the world would implode and lawsuits would follow.”
- In their report, The Federalist mentioned the inclusion of the course “could open Coca-Cola to a slew of lawsuits” if there are employees who suspect they’ve been denied opportunities because of their race.
© Dallas Gerber, 2021