For decades, Sam Walton’s retail empire headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, was a metaphor for those people and communities on the lower half of the rungs of America’s socio-economic ladder. As such, Walmart came under attack for all manner of sins. It destroyed mom-and-pop businesses. it turned small-town downtown areas into ghost towns. It was the Patient Zero of urban sprawl in rural areas. It paid low wages and laid off its health care “fair share” onto Medicare by hiring retirees. People who shopped there were mocked. The Deep-Staters who were involved in the coup attempt against President Trump viewed Walmart shoppers as the enemy.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 12, 2018
Over time, though, Walmart began to exhibit characteristics foretold by Robert Conquest’s Second Law of Politics: “Any organization not explicitly and constitutionally right-wing will sooner or later become left-wing.”
In 2015, Walmart bowed to anti-freedom forces and stopped selling modern sporting rifles (see this Walmart press release) and followed that up by pulling all handguns from their stores. In 2019, they stopped selling 5.56mm/.223 caliber ammunition as well as all handgun ammunition.
Walmart has been attempting to increase its profile as an “LGBTQIA+-friendly” retailer in its ads and by selling gay baby apparel.
In January, Walmart hopped on the “insurrection” bandwagon and stopped making political contributions to any member of Congress who exercised their Constitutional prerogative to not certify the 2020 election results.
With the Fortune 500 blind obeisance to “Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity” (is it a coincidence that the acronym for this hokum is DIE?), I suppose we have no right to be shocked when we find out that Walmart is going into racial balkanization and stereotyping pushed by Critical Race Theory grifters at warp speed. Chris Rufo, who has single-handedly raised Critical Race Theory to a national issue, has a long Twitter thread on what Walmart is inflicting upon its employees. This training, mind you, is not aimed at the C-suite or middle management. The training is aimed at the front-line employees in Walmart stores.
Walmart launched the program with the Racial Equity Institute in 2018 and has trained more than 1,000 employees on the core principles of critical race theory, including "intersectionality," "internalized racial oppression,"and "white anti-racist development." pic.twitter.com/Fy6wrMxb9U
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) October 14, 2021
This is from his article titled Walmart vs. Whiteness in City Journal.
Walmart Inc. has launched a critical race theory training program that denounces the United States as a “white supremacy system” and teaches white, hourly wage employees that they are guilty of “white supremacy thinking” and “internalized racial superiority.”
According to a cache of internal documents I have obtained from a whistleblower, Walmart launched the program in 2018 in partnership with the Racial Equity Institute, a Greensboro, North Carolina, consulting firm that has worked extensively with universities, government agencies, and private corporations. The program is based on the core principles of critical race theory, including “intersectionality,” “internalized racial oppression,” “internalized racial inferiority,” and “white anti-racist development.” Since the program’s launch, Walmart has trained more than 1,000 employees and made the program mandatory for executives and recommended for hourly wage workers in Walmart stores. When reached for comment, Walmart confirmed that the company has “engaged REI for a number of training sessions since 2018” and has “found these sessions to be thought provoking and constructive.”
The program begins with the claim that the United States is a “white supremacy system,” designed by white Europeans “for the purpose of assigning and maintaining white skin access to power and privilege.” American history is presented as a long sequence of oppressions, from the “construction of a ‘white race’” by colonists in 1680 to President Obama’s stimulus legislation in 2009, “another race neutral act that has disproportionately benefited white people.” Consequently, the Walmart program argues, white Americans have been subjected to “racist conditioning” that indoctrinates them into “white supremacy,” or the view “that white people and the ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and actions of white people are superior to People of Color and their ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and actions.
Following the principle that “diagnosis determines treatment,” the Walmart program seeks to create a psychological profile of whiteness that can then be treated through “white anti-racist development.” Whites, according to the trainers, are inherently guilty of “white privilege” and “internalized racial superiority,” the belief that “one’s comfort, wealth, privilege and success has been earned by merits and hard work” rather than through the benefits of systemic racism. Walmart’s program argues that this oppressive “white supremacy culture” can be summarized in a list of qualities including “individualism,” “objectivity,” “paternalism,” “defensiveness,” “power hoarding,” “right to comfort, “and “worship of the written word”—which all “promote white supremacy thinking” and “are damaging to both people of color and to white people.“
It gets better:
The solution, according to Walmart’s program, is to encourage whites to participate in “white anti-racist development”—a psychological conditioning program that reorients white consciousness toward “anti-racism.” The training program teaches white employees that ideas such as “I’m normal,” “we’re all the same,” and “I am not the problem” are racist constructs, driven by internalized racial superiority. The program encourages whites to accept their “guilt and shame,” adopt the idea that “white is not right,” acknowledge their complicity in racism, and, finally, move toward “collective action” whereby “white can do right.” The goal is for whites to climb the “ladder of empowerment for white people” and recreate themselves with a new “anti-racist identity.”
The “white anti-racist development” Walmart touts is nothing more than a Maoist “struggle session” that, at least for now, is not followed up by summary execution or a sojourn in a reeducation camp. It is designed to demean and dehumanize people who have been targeted for annihilation so that they may be stripped of their humanity before they are driven from societey.
Walmart is insisting that hourly employees are not being forced to endure this abusive nonsense, but the documents say otherwise. Plus, if I had to weigh the word of Rufo against that of a corporate shill, I know who I’m going with. Regardless, there is an impact throughout an organization when the organization’s leadership and management are taught to judge and promote employees based on their skin color, not on their performance on the job. At one time, such an action would have been thought to be outrageously immoral if not downright illegal.
All of this goes to reiterate what we learned when the NFL got behind Colin Kaepernick’s campaign to protest his being an American. Big companies are not the friends of conservatives or of traditional American values. They are relentlessly progressive. In fact, they don’t even have to be particularly large (see Is Black Rifle Coffee About to Throw Its Customer Base Under the Bus for Fun and Profit? and Black Rifle Coffee’s CEO Responds to the Social Media Furor Over His New York Times Magazine Interview) to decide that being popular with the right people is more important than the customers they serve or the views they espouse to attract those customers. Walmart had made billions of dollars from the working men and women of America. Now we can see what it thinks about us and what it is willing to put its employees through in order to curry favor with people who would rather be dead than seen shopping at one of its stores.