Coca-Cola has come under fire after it was revealed that some employees were encouraged to be “less white” as part of diversity training, according to the New York Post.
The training was offered by LinkedIn Education and was called “Confronting Racism.” After a whistleblower released screengrabs of the course to a YouTuber, it was allegedly taken offline.
“In the U.S. and other Western nations, white people are socialized to feel that they are inherently superior because they are white,” reads one of the slides, allegedly sent from the “internal whistleblower” and posted on Twitter by Karlyn Borysenko.
Borysenko said she was sent the screenshots. Another suggested employees should “try to be less white” and “be less oppressive,” “listen,” “believe,” and “break with white solidarity.”
The course featured interviews with Robin DiAngelo, who wrote “White Fragility.”
“The Confronting Racism course featuring Robin DiAngelo is no longer available in our course library, at the request of the third party content provider we licensed this content from,” Nicole Leverich, vice president of corporate communications, told Newsweek.
In a twist, a representative for DiAngelo said she didn’t create any of the slides.
Coca-Cola said the training was not mandatory, according to Newsweek, but some employees told Borysenko it was.
“We will continue to listen to our employees and refine our learning programs as appropriate,” Coca-Cola told Newsweek.
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