Disney Embraces Race Politics, Critical Race Theory in Employee Training: Leaked Documents

Disney Embraces Race Politics, Critical Race Theory in Employee Training: Leaked Documents
Cinderella Castle is seen at the end of an empty Main Street at Disney's Magic Kingdom theme park in Orlando, Fla., on March 16, 2020. (Gregg Newton/Reuters)
Janita Kan

The Walt Disney Corporation is pushing the quasi-Marxist critical race theory in its employee training, teaching them that America has “a long history of systemic racism” while urging them to reflect on their “white privilege,” according to leaked internal documents.

The documents were leaked to City-Journal journalist Christopher Rufo by multiple anonymous Disney employees who revealed that the training was part of the company’s “diversity and inclusion” program called “Reimagine Tomorrow.” One of the modules in the training program relies on the controversial critical race theory, an ideology that claims that the United States is a fundamentally racist country and that one race is inherently superior to another.

The module in question, called “Allyship for Race Consciousness,” includes training on topics such as “systemic racism,” “white privilege,” and “microaggressions.” It also tells white employees to “examine and work through feelings of guilt, shame, and defensiveness to understand what is beneath them and what needs to be healed” and recommends that employees challenge “colorblind ideologies and rhetoric” such as “All Lives Matter” or “I don’t see color” because they are “harmful and hurtful.”

Employees are encouraged to not “question or debate Black colleagues’ lived experience” or “rely on your black colleagues to educate you,” which is “emotionally taxing,” the document states.

The document also tells employees to reject “equality” and equal treatment but instead embrace “equality of outcome.”

“Equality is a noble goal. Equal treatment and access to opportunities help each of us perform our best within a shared set of parameters. But we really need to be striving for equity, where we focus on the equality of the outcome, not the equality of the experience by taking individual needs and skills into account,” according to the leaked document.

Disney also allegedly recommends its employees to engage in other resources such as the “21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge,” which is sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering. Part of that challenge encourages participants to fill out a self-assessment to determine how privileged the individual is (pdf), which includes items such as “I have never been raped,” “I have never had an eating disorder,” “I have never considered suicide,”  and “I have never been shamed for my religious beliefs.”
The training also recommends employees read “103 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice.“ The reading material, which has since been updated, encourages individuals to support ”Black Lives Matter,“ call for the end of qualified immunity, promote the ”defund the police“ movement, push for criminal justice reform, and ”decolonize your bookshelf,” without expanding on the recommendation.

Disney’s press office did not immediately respond to a request to comment by The Epoch Times on the documents. The documents have not been independently verified by The Epoch Times.

This comes after the company came under fire for restricting access of children under seven to some of its videos including “Dumbo,“ “Peter Pan,” and ”Aristocats“ on its streaming service, which it says contains “negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures.”
Meanwhile, the company also fired “Mandalorian” actress Gina Carano following a social media post that was seen to perpetuate a conservative viewpoint.