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Report: Coca-cola to employees: “Try to be less white”

NEW YORK (77WABC) – American staple, Coca-Cola, is accused of telling its employees in an online training to “try to be less white” in an effort to combat racism discrimination.

Photos of Coca-Cola’s online training seminar were shared on social media this week from an alleged whistle-blower, showing slides that featured tips on how “to be less white,” including being “less ignorant,” and “less oppressive.”

One slide reads: “In the US and other Western nations, white people are socialized to feel that they are inherently superior because they are white.”

“Research shows that by age 3 to 4, children understand that it is better to be white,” it continued.

“To be less white is to” reads one slide, while listing things like “be less arrogant, be less certain, be less defensive, be more humble, listen, believe, break with apathy,” and “break with white solidarity.”

Another slide reads, “Confronting racism: understanding what it means to be white, challenging what it means to be racist.”

“This seems like blatant racial discrimination to this employment lawyer,” wrote the self-identified employment lawyer Harmeet K Dhillon on Twitter.

The company, in a statement to the Washington Examiner: “The video and images attributed to a Coca-Cola training program are not part of the company’s learning curriculum. Our Better Together global training is part of a learning plan to help build an inclusive workplace. It is comprised of a number of short vignettes, each a few minutes long. The training includes access to the LinkedIn Learning platform on a variety of topics, including on diversity, equity and inclusion. The video in question was accessible on the LinkedIn Learning platform but was not part of the company’s curriculum. We will continue to listen to our employees and refine our learning programs as appropriate.”

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