“Wut.... this seems like blatant racial discrimination to this employment lawyer,” said lawyer Harmeet K. Dhillon on Twitter in response to the practice.
Dhillon was responding to a post that shared images of the training supposedly being taught by Coca-Cola.
"These images are from an internal whistleblower,” the tweet said, along with images from the training.
The images show a part of the training titled “Confronting Racism. Understanding what it means to be white. Challenging what it means to be racist.”
The training then moves to a slide with instructions on how employees can “be less white.” It is so ironic that the company is trying to teach the employees how to be less racist by being "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” are listed as ways to become less white.
The training then insists that this endeavor to be less white has to start early, as children as young as three are already explained that their white race 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.”
“Try to be less white,” the training summarizes.
A spokesperson from Coca-Cola responded to the images on the social networking platform Twitter.
“The video circulating on social media is from a publicly available LinkedIn Learning series and is not a focus of our company’s curriculum,” the spokesperson said, but added that the course is “part of a learning plan to help build an inclusive workplace.”
Conservative author and Blexit founder Candace Owens also reacted to the allegations on Twitter.
"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. I genuinely hope these employees sue @CocaCola for blatant racism and discrimination," Owens wrote.
The soda and beverage giant, criticized for allegedly “discriminating against” its employees, was denounced online by social media users.
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