Coca-Cola employees were urged to be “less white” as part of the company’s alleged diversity training – but the content was kept offline after a viral whistleblower post.
The “Confronting Racism” course under consideration was offered by LinkedIn Education and reportedly used by the soft-drink titan.
“In the US and other Western countries, whites are socially motivated to feel that they are inherently superior because they are white,” reads one of the slides, reportedly an “internal Whistleblower “and is sent from. Posted on twitter By YouTube commentator Karlin Borisenko.
Another slide “Be less oppressive,” try to be “less white” with tips including “listen,” “faith” and “break with white solidarity”. “
Boriarenko, who described himself as a proponent of banning critical race theory, said that screenshots were sent to him from an “internal whistleblower” of Coca-Cola who told him it was “necessary.”
His Friday tweet has received 18,000 retweets and over 34,000 likes.
On Monday, LinkedIn said it pulled the controversial course – written by sociologist Robin DeAngelo, “White Fragility.”
Nicole Leverich, vice president of corporate communications, said, “The Confronting Racism Course, featuring Robin DeAngelo, is not available in our content library, at the request of the 3G content provider who licensed the content. Told Newsweek in an email.
Leverich continued, “We offer a wide variety of learning, including over 270 courses on diversity, inclusion and related topics. We will continue to add new courses to help people learn the skills needed to be more successful in their careers, including basic skills to help us all become effective partners and build a more equitable future is. “
Newsweek reported that Coca-Cola denied training for employees to be mandatory. But Beritenko told the outlet that many workers said it was indeed necessary.
The drink giant told the publication that while its “Better Together” initiative included access to LinkedIn diversity training, the curriculum was “not part of the company’s curriculum.”
“We will continue to listen to our employees and refine our learning programs as appropriate,” the company said.