- The Washington Times - Monday, May 10, 2021

Even Mickey Mouse is being trained that White people are inherently racist, it seems.

The Walt Disney Corporation has a new program called “Reimagine Tomorrow” and according to documents reported by Manhattan Institute’s Christopher Rufo on his website, the company of fairy tales and childhood fantasies has “elevated the ideology of critical race theory into a new corporate dogma — and bombarded employees with trainings on ‘systemic racism,’ ‘white privilege,’ ‘white fragility,’ ‘white saviors,’ and launched racially-segregated ‘affinity groups’ at the company’s headquarters.”

Is nothing sacred anymore?

America can’t even take a vacation from all the viciously swirling accusations of perceived racism in this country without being inundated with more vicious accusations of perceived racism.

Imagine being an employee at Disney right now. Part of the job is to fill out a “privilege checklist” that will help guide them to stop engaging in “white dominant culture,” as Rufo reported.

It was just this February Coca-Cola was outed for a similar employee training program.

Coca-Cola Asks Its Workers to Be ‘Less White’ to Fight Racism,” Entrepreneur wrote in February.

“Slides from the training seminar shared online,” Fox Business wrote, of Coke, “featured tips on how to tone down whiteness … includ[ing]: ‘be less arrogant, be less certain, be less defensive, be more humble, listen, believe, break with apathy’ and ‘break with white solidarity.’ Another slide [told] viewers that in order to confront racism, they must understand ‘what it means to be white, challenging what it means to be racist.’”

If the goal here is to shame White people on their skin color — why?  That’s not exactly the Martin Luther King Jr. call for society to one day judge based on the “content of character” not the color of skin.

Rather, it’s divisive.

It’s divisive and damaging, not just to the individuals who are called to see life through the lens of skin color, but also to an entire nation that’s constantly divided and analyzed by skin color.

The melting pot of America recognizes ethnic differences, respects ethnic differences, applauds ethnic differences, even encourages the continuance of certain ethnic differences — i.e., Chinese food should not taste like Italian food. 

But it also calls for common ground on certain core American principles. It also calls for Americans of all walks of life, including skin colors, to rally around certain foundational beliefs, to agree on certain basic moral standards of behavior, to unify over certain basic ideals that transcend petty differences by benefiting all — like the Constitution. Like the spirit of God-given rights that keeps our country free. Like the power of the dream; the opportunity presented by the phrase “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.”

Like the innocence of youth and the magic of Disney.

Well, with “Reimagine Tomorrow,” strike that last.

Mickey is on a march with Black Lives Matter.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com or on Twitter, @ckchumley. Listen to her podcast “Bold and Blunt” by clicking HERE. And never miss her column; subscribe to her newsletter by clicking HERE. Her latest book, “Socialists Don’t Sleep: Christians Must Rise Or America Will Fall,” is available by clicking HERE.

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