New York, NY – Telecommunications company Verizon has implemented a so-called “anti-racism” training for employees to help them decide whether they are “oppressed” or “oppressors” as they work to understand how racist the U.S. is, according to a whistleblower.
The company has also been pushing employees to endorse a number of left-wing ideals, to include defunding law enforcement, according to investigative reporter Christopher Rufo.
Rufo said a Verizon whistleblower handed him a slew of documents regarding the “Race & Social Justice” initiative the company established last year.
Among the programs created through the initiative is the “Conscious Inclusion & Anti-Racism” race reeducation program for employees, which is laden with critical race theory concepts such as “white fragility” and “systemic racism,” Rufo noted.
Verizon employees are given official company worksheets so they can list out their “race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, education, profession, and sexual orientation” to help determine whether they are “oppressed” or an “oppressor,” according to Rufo.
This information also helps employees determine where they fall on the “privilege” hierarchy, as they commit to a lifelong “anti-racism journey,” the investigative reporter noted.
“Weaponized White privilege” is a real threat in the workplace, according to Verizon’s speakers and diversity trainers.
Employees must be careful not to commit “microinequities” and “microaggressions,” which they note are often “unconscious or subtle” but can make “oppressed” people “feel different, violated, or unsafe,” Rufo said.
According to the training, “members of the privileged classes must instead engage in the ‘lifelong process’ of demonstrating ‘accountability with marginalized individuals,’” Rufo recounted.
Verizon also has a video presentation for workers entitled, “Let’s talk about privilege,” featuring former Global Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Ramcess Jean-Louis, according to the information uncovered by Rufo.
“As a black man in [America], we are viewed as less than. We are viewed as inferior. We are viewed that our life is not as valuable as anyone else,” an emotional Jean-Louis declares in the footage. “If we are not being viewed as humans, if we’re not being viewed as whole people with souls, these things happen and they will continue to happen.”
Verizon’s “antiracism” education series also includes an interview of former Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad’s great grandson, Khalil Muhammad, who is now a Harvard race professor, Rufo said.
The Muhammad interview was conducted by Verizon Vice President David Hubbard.
The professor declared the U.S. needs a “new origin story,” because the current one is fundamentally racist.
He further argued that the nation’s “early version of global capitalism” was built on a slave economy that he says still prevails today, and claimed modern businesses are “exploiting poor people in low-income communities.”
According to Muhammad, law enforcement officers in the U.S. are designed to enforce geographic segregation, to maintain a “two-tier society,” and to shelter the “wealth gap” between black and white citizens, Rufo said.
Police aim to “make sure people stay in their communities,” to ensure “kids are locked up,” and to help continue “criminalizing poverty,” the professor declared.
In fact, criminalizing poverty is “the bread and butter of systemic racism,” according to Muhammad.
He also claimed crime statistics that show black Americans commit a disproportionate number of criminal offenses are just another “expression of systemic racism.”
Those stats are then utilized to establish “the collective guilt of black people” in order to justify “inequality and racism and discrimination,” Muhammad opined.
In order to combat this alleged issue, police need to be defunded, activist Adrian Burrell said in another Verizon training video, according to Rufo.
“I feel like those same resources that are aimed towards hiring [police officers] with racist biases…need to be aimed at bringing more resources to the community at a at a root level, and then you just won’t need so many police,” Burrell declared in the video. “If you want to call that ‘abolishing the police,’ or if you want to call that ‘defunding the police,’ so be it.”
Verizon has touted its antiracism program as a surefire way to “accelerate systemic change,” according to Rufo.
“Verizon is committed to fostering an inclusive environment. We care about diversity in both our employees and our suppliers,” the company’s website reads, according to FOX News.
“Diversity and inclusion is how we achieve success. By celebrating diversity across all spectrums, including but not limited to race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran/military status, and age, we are a stronger company and culture,” the company added.
Verizon has not responded to a request for comment on the training, according to FOX News.