Show notes: Episode #44 of the LR Podcast

Show notes: LR Podcast Episode# 44

  • Did Coca-Cola sponsor racist diversity training?
    • According to a February 23rd article in the NY Post:
      • “Coca-Cola employees were urged to be “less white” as part of the company’s alleged diversity training — but the material was yanked offline following a viral whistleblower post. The “Confronting Racism” course in question was offered by Linked-In Education and allegedly utilized by the soft-drink titan.”
    • The fact-checkers swooped in to the rescue to cast doubt on the claim. Coca-Cola doesn’t deny that the LinkedIn pages in question did link to the material, but said it was not part of the “required” diversity training. So why was Coke using this training to begin with? Coca-Cola so far has not disavowed the views in the training slides, or Robin DeAngelo (who’s work the material was pulled from), They only denied that it was required, not the substance of the material, which is telling.
      • Coca-Cola’s claim that the material was not part of the required training is reminiscent of Lois Lerner’s claim that the IRS targeting scandal was the fault of a couple of rogue agents in Ohio.
      • All of this could be avoided if corporations and other groups simply asked the question: If we substituted all mention of one race with another, would it read any differently? Would we react differently?
    • Let’s be clear, racism is always wrong, regardless of the race in question. Racism against whites is wrong for the same reason that racism against blacks, Asians, and Hispanics is wrong. Racism is a form of collective punishment. It lumps in the good with the bad of a particular race and that’s not fair to the individual.
  • Why are racism and other forms of bigotry wrong in the broader sense?
    • They are counter to American Conservatism in two important ways:
      • We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. —Preamble to the Declaration of Independence
    • Rugged individualism is a value that stands at the core of America’s founding principles. “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.”Ayn Rand
      • Collectivism is a key component Leftist ideologies including communism, socialism, and fascism. That collective could be the proletariat as with Marx, or an ethnic minority as with present-day leftist philosophy. We know how that Critical Theory pits one group against another such as the Aryan against the Jew in Nazi dogma.
      • (For more on bigotry, check out my recent blog post on subject. – JPM)

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