Welcome to "The Marxist Kingdom."
The estimable Christopher Rufo got access to a treasure trove of alleged internal Disney employee training material (PDF) and has made it available to anyone who wants to examine it, which I do below.
However, if you are short on time, here is the Cliff's Notes version:
- You're a racist.
- Shut up.
I should note this summary is primarily for white people, but interestingly not entirely.
And here we go:
Many of us are wondering how we can step up to support Black colleagues and promote racial justice.
Think of this guide as one of many starting points to becoming an ally. Throughout the guide we have been intentional about addressing both white and non-Black people of color allies because each group can extend different and distinctive types of allyship.
Sorry brown people and Asians, you just became honorary white people for the purposes of this exercise! So, bring your seat backs up, stow your tray tables, and enjoy your privilege!
The passage above is from the first document Rufo released called, "Allyship for Race Consciousness."
You know you're in trouble when the title is offensive.
"Race consciousness" is kind of what we've been trying to move away from for decades, the habit of always being conscious of someone's race and in doing so making judgments about them based solely on that, otherwise, why be conscious of it?
In our new neo-racist age, we are encouraged to do the exact opposite, to make judgments specifically based on someone's race, all the time and at every encounter.
So, how do we become "allies?"
Allyship 101: Allyship is a relationship with an underrepresented individual or group outside of your own identity (e.g. disability, racial/ethnic identity, gender, gender identity, religion, veteran status, sexual orientation, socio-economic status) that is grounded in accountability, action and respect.
Absent the intersectionalities, this sounds like what we used to call, "being nice."
Not any more! We must see people as categories and become "allies," not as individual people (there are no individuals in our new global Marxist commune), but rather "identities" to define ourselves going forward.
Take ownership of educating yourself about structural anti-Black racism in the current and historical context. Opt for sources from Black authors, journalists and organizations. (See resources below)
Curiously enough, these "sources from black authors" do not include black leaders like Candace Owens, Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele, Ben Carson, or Senator Tim Scott...
What do they include? The resources are so rich in material that they could cover multiple articles. However, I will note they link to a New York Times Best Seller list on "Race and Civil Rights" that includes these entries:
- Trevor Noah, and his struggles growing up in a country that is not America.
- "Hidden Figures," the struggles of black women at NASA 50 years ago and the ultimate triumph of will and personal achievement (incredible movie by the way) and a testimony to the enormous progress America has made that apparently we're supposed to make believe never happened and in any case has to be all torn down now.
- Ibram X. Kendi, the race-hustling grifter that we're supposed to take seriously for some reason.
- A book by a comedienne.
The material continues with even more craziness:
Do not rely on your Black colleagues to educate you. This is emotionally taxing.
I like to consider myself fairly imaginative but I'm having trouble coming up with something more condescending.
How can you tell who is the most discriminated against? It requires you to examine "multiple dimensions of identity" and "interlocking forms of bias or systems of exclusion."
Consider the ways multiple dimensions of identity (e.g. race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, socio-economic, veterans) can make people vulnerable to interlocking forms of bias or systems of exclusion. For example, Black transgender and gender non-conforming people face one of the highest levels of discrimination. (Source: The National LGBTQ Taskforce)
And we have a winner!! "Black transgender and gender non-conforming people" according to a group that represents black transgender and gender non-conforming people.
What if they are also a veteran? Do they get more points? How many? What if they are a disabled veteran but not black? Is being a disabled veteran higher in the discrimination sweepstakes than being black, or do you have to be a poor, disabled, veteran to match it?
The head spins with the possibilities! Why, it would almost be simpler to consider people individuals, absent any group identity and treat each with respect and dignity.
Nah, how the heck are you supposed to build a society around that? I mean, other than the founding ideals of America which I am reliably informed are racist or something.
Challenge colorblind ideologies and rhetoric (e.g. "All Lives Matter," or "I don't see color."). It is harmful and hurtful, as it is a form of erasing the real and specific ways racial identities affect lived experiences.
"All lives matter" is hurtful.
"I don't see color" is hurtful.
Believing in the sanctity of all life and judging people solely on the basis of their character is hurtful.
Prepare to be hurt.
Do not question or debate Black colleagues' lived experience. For example, "Are you sure they meant it that way?" "It's not a race thing," or "I'm playing devil's advocate..." Instead, reserve judgement and offer statements of validation if someone shares their experience.
Well what do you know, they found a way to be even more condescending.
According to Disney, you are not permitted to engage in an adult conversation about race with black people. Rather, you are instructed to remain quiet lest you upset them. If you must open your mouth, you are only permitted to "offer statements of validation," as you would an emotionally insecure child.
And if you don't you're a racist, so sit down and shut up.
Avoid conflating the Black experience with other communities of color.
You too, brown people.
All of this was only the end of the first document. The second document is called, "What Can I Do About Racism? An Anti-Racism Discussion Guide."
Some of the individual, insidious instances of racism like implicit biases and microaggressions are difficult to identify and quantify, let alone fight.
So how do we, as individuals, make a difference?
Before we go further, this particular document was prepared by "Blue Ocean Brain," an employee training firm one of the specialties of which is "Diversity and Inclusion."
What has Blue Ocean Brain done, as individuals, to "make a difference?"
Why, they use black and brown people in their marketing material:
Sadly, every day can't be diversity day. Here is Blue Ocean Brain's Leadership Team:
Since we're only supposed to see individuals as members of identity groups, I'll be a good boy and take a stab. This would appear to be:
- White woman.
- White woman.
- White woman.
- Black man.
- White woman.
- Brown woman.
- White woman.
- White woman.
- White man.
- White woman.
Huh, that doesn't "look like America." Themyscira maybe, but not America.
Zero Hispanics and Asians, and the black guy isn't C-suite, Director of Client Success, or even VP of Sales.
No, he's pigeonholed in the "black job" as Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.
What's that all about??
Now that we know what our betters are doing to "make a difference," let's get back to how all you hourly workers are racists:
You might be saying to yourself, "Oh great! Based on that definition, I'm not a racist, so this is a discussion guide for other people. I don't believe that my race is superior to anyone else's."
Exactly. I'm glad we finally got to the part where—
The problem is that systemic racism, or racism carried out by groups with power like societies, governments, businesses, and schools, benefits some people and harms others despite your personal beliefs.
Oh. Of course, we should remember that those groups, societies, governments, businesses, and schools are all run by people who also don't think they're—
What's more, individual racism is often buried deep, affecting people who have only the best of intentions, and the impact can compound harm to people inside and outside of work whether you realize it or not.
This is that super-secret racism you are not permitted to deny because, you know, it's a secret.
Just accept that the white women at Blue Ocean Brain know what's in your heart better than you do.
Disney likes to be helpful, so employees are given tips on what they should and should not say:
Do not say:
I'm scared to say the wrong thing to you.
This comes shortly after you are informed that your implicit biases consist of "negative beliefs you're not even aware you have, that can still affect your understanding of, actions toward, and decisions about other people."
What could you possibly be scared of?
"I'm having conversations about racism with my non-Black family and friends, even though I'm afraid." This shows Black colleagues that you are being courageous enough to take a stand.
In other words, shut up about what you're really feeling, and just support BLM.
I hope/pray things change soon.
No praying, got it. Just embrace the woke narrative but otherwise keep your racist yap shut.
This brings us to the curious notion that equality is racist.
Equality is a noble goal.
That's when you know you're in for it.
Equal treatment and access to opportunities help each of us perform our best within a shared set of parameters.
Wait for it, it's coming.
But we really need to be striving for equity, where we focus on the equality of the outcome, not the equality of the experience by taking individual needs and skills into account.
I swear I've heard that sentiment expressed before.
From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.
This passage even had an illustration to reinforce the point:
Pretty much everything about this is stupid.
- First, note the tall guy gets his box taken away and, like the others, can now only just see over the fence. If you're the tall guy, this is what they have in store for you.
- Second, they give the tall guy's box to the short girl. This only makes sense in a zero-sum world there are only two boxes and only ever will be two boxes, which is pretty Marxian in that the pie never grows just the slices are apportioned differently.
- Third, if that were true, where the heck did the ramp come from for the disabled kid and where did the third box go?
In any case, they are saying the quiet parts out loud now. Equality of outcome is what they want, regardless of human agency, hard work, ambition, and yes, luck.
No wonder they like China so much. It's not just the money -- it's that they're all on the same page.