Last week The Standing for Freedom Center discussed a report by journalist Christopher F. Rufo regarding Disney’s Critical Race Theory (CRT) training. Rufo has since posted an update announcing that the company has eliminated the program and scrubbed all content from its employee portal.
Rufo, a journalist, filmmaker, and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, last week posted a report about Disney’s new training program that “bombarded employees with trainings on ‘systemic racism,’ ‘white privilege,’ ‘white fragility,’ ‘white saviors,’ and launched racially-segregated ‘affinity groups’ at the company’s headquarters.”
Disney responded to Rufo’s initial reporting in a statement, charging,
“These internal documents are being deliberately distorted as reflective of company policy, when in fact their purpose was to allow diversity of thought and discussion on the incredibly complex and challenging issues of race and discrimination that we as a society and companies nationwide are facing. The Disney brand has a long history of inclusivity, with stories that reflect acceptance and tolerance and celebrate people’s differences, as we have consistently demonstrated in such popular films as Moana, Coco, Black Panther, Soul and Raya and the Last Dragon, and as a global entertainment company we are committed to continuing to tell all stories that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience.”
Rufo countered Disney by pointing out that he had used direct quotations, contextual screenshots, and even provided the entire source documents. He also explained that the company’s statement was “riddled with errors and evasions,” noting, for example, that it does not permit “diversity of thought” as conservative and Christian employees are actively discouraged from voicing their opinions and it has no history of “inclusivity” as it has used child and slave labor to manufacture its products, censored content in obedience to the Chinese Communist Party, and “shrunk a black actor in Chinese promotional materials.”
He later tweeted that Disney had deleted the training from its company portal and effectively shut down the entire program. Rufo has spent the last several years documenting the spread of Critical Race Theory, its adoption by education, government, and corporate institutions, and its insidious effects. Of the Disney cave on this issue, he wrote,
“This is a major victory in the war against ‘woke capital.’ Disney was peddling the most toxic elements of critical race theory — and my reporting led to immediate changes within the company. The truth is simple: corporate ‘diversity and inclusion’ is a scam. It’s a reputation-laundering mechanism for corporations and divides Americans into competing racial categories. Shut it down.”
Rufo’s fearless investigative journalism is needed now more than ever. America needs more voices to challenge corporations and commitment to the wokeness movement. Disney is entitled to its views as are all Americans, but Americans are also entitled to dissent — and should not be forced to personally accept and adopt a Marxist ideology to keep their jobs or be promoted.
Rather than silencing debate, we should encourage civil discussions between people of all views. Sadly, our culture has devolved into cancel culture and ad hominem attacks rather than discussing the substance of different issues and allowing different viewpoints and opinions to be heard and held.
Corporations like Disney and other institutions are addressing longstanding societal issues and their own questionable policies and actions by virtual signaling and throwing all blame at the feet of racism, sexism, and oppression — as if the country’s many complex political, social, and economic problems are caused by nothing else. If we are ever to truly unite as a society, harmful ideologies like Critical Race Theory must be exchanged for profitable and civil discourse between Americans of every view and skin color.