It appears Disney is now the latest corporation to hop on the diversity train with their new program titled Reimagine Tomorrow. The leaked documents, given to and released by Christopher F. Rufo, make up a discussion guide that Disney is using to train their employees’ anti-racism.
Disney starts off by encouraging its workers to be allies to the cause and to “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 more resources below).”
The list of resources provided in the resource section includes a podcast from NPR called Why now, White People?, an article from The New Yorker titled A Sociologist examines the white fragility that prevents White Americans from confronting racism, and an Implicit Bias Test.
The discussion guide then pushes the reader to “Recognize the power and privilege you have based on who you are. Consider your motivation as an ally now.” and urges them to “Reflect on the diversity of your personal and professional networks and how racial and other dimensions of your identity give (or do not give) you access and advantage.” It adds: “If you are feeling confused, shocked, or have recently awakened to systemic racism, recognize that this is probably not new to your Black/African American Colleagues. Avoid messages like “I can’t believe this is happening.” The murders of Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Rayshard Brooks, Adame Traore, and countless others are part of a long history of systemic racism and transphobia.”
On page four of the document, employees are told to “Challenge colorblind ideologies and rhetoric” such as the belief that All Lives Matter and the saying “I don’t see color.” It says that these ideologies are harmful, hurtful, and a “form of erasing the real and specific ways racial identities affect lived experiences.” Disney also encourages employees to consistently support black-owned businesses and tells them to report any problematic posts on company-approved social channels to Human Resources.
On the final page of the first section, employees are instructed to mention the skills of black co-workers when they are not around to “provide visibility.” They are also directed to “Proactively offer opportunities for sustained career growth and advocate for development to help promote Black talent. Share their career goals with decision makers.”
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