After an exposé Friday by Dr. Karlyn Borysenko, an organizational psychologist committed to combatting the influence of critical race theory in America, Coca-Cola company is acknowledging its participation in a learning seminar that instructed its employees to be "less white."
Though mainstream media outlets largely ignored the story, by late Friday night an editor from Blaze Media was able to procure a statement from the soda king.
While Coca-Cola objects to the notion that being "less white" was the focus of their company's instruction to employees, its statement acknowledges that employees were prompted to participate in the LinkedIn Learning series that subjected them to such a lesson.
The course in question is administered by author Robin DiAngelo, whose book "White Fragility" has become a staple in many workplace diversity training programs. The description of the course stated an intent to teach attendees "what it means to be white" and "what it means to be racist." The instruction explicitly stated that "to be less white is to: be less oppressive; be less arrogant."
The revelation that Coca-Cola willfully subjected employees to this kind of rhetoric earned the ire of conservative watchdogs and pundits.
Anti-bias trainings like the LinkedIn Learning series have become a very profitable industry in recent years, with one study showing that at least 65% of large corporations offer some form of "diversity training."