Defense contractor Raytheon launched an “anti-racism” program in the summer of 2020, encouraging white employees to “identify their privilege” and “step aside” in favor of minority employees, according to documents obtained by City diaryChristopher Rufo.
The program, called “Stronger Together”, encouraged employed to “become[e] an anti-racist today. “A workshop aims to teach employees about the concept of” intersectionality, “which is described as exposing” intertwined systems of oppression “and” breaking[ing] turn power into privilege and marginalization “.
Other suggestions for employees include “what not to tell your black colleagues right now,” including statements like “I can’t wait for things to calm down and get back to normal.”
It was not immediately clear how widely the materials were disseminated to Raytheon employees, or whether participation in the workshops was optional or mandatory. Raytheon did not reply to National reviewRequest for comments in time for publication.
Raytheon is one of the largest American defense contractors. The company won up to a $ 2 billion contract from the US Air Force last week to build a nuclear-capable cruise missile, to be transported by B-21 and B-52 bombers.
Rufo obtained documents in May showing that defense contractor Lockheed Martin conducted a program for 13 top executives run by a consulting firm called White Men As Full Diversity Partners. The three-day Zoom seminar was called the “White Men’s Caucus.”
Employees, including Lockheed Martin’s vice president of production for the F-35 fighter jet and a former three-star general, were asked to internalize “white man’s statements of privilege,” including, “I may commit acts of terrorism, violence or crime and not having it attributed to my race. “
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