Following revelations about its ‘anti-racism’ training, Disney has removed all related documents from its internal website.
As The Daily Wire reported, a Disney insider leaked the training documents to journalist Christopher Rufo, revealing that the corporation expects employees to “take ownership of educating [themselves] about structural anti-Black racism.” As part of a “diversity and inclusion” program titled “Reimagine Tomorrow,” the training also asks staffers to reject the idea of “equality,” which strives to ensure equal treatment and access to opportunities in favor of “equity,” which demands equal outcomes.
Expressly discouraged by the program are the use of phrases like “All Lives Matter” or “I don’t see color” and debating or questioning a black colleague’s lived experience. Rufo said the employees he spoke with told him the Reimagine Tomorrow program “has become deeply politicized and engulfed parts of the company in racial conflict.”
Rufo also took his story to Fox News, saying on Tucker Carlson Tonight, “I think it should be very clear that [Disney] makes its money on middle Americans who go to their theme parks and buy their content, and those people should know that this corporation, it hates you, it hates your culture, and it hates the color of your skin,” adding, “I think Americans should reject this kind of politics and reject the companies that are pushing it.”
Disney was clearly embarrassed by the proliferation of negative press that followed as it quickly released a statement, covered in a previous Daily Wire story, accusing Rufo of misrepresenting the documents:
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 stories that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience.
Rufo dismissed the studio’s defense as ridiculous. “I published direct quotations, contextual screenshots, and the original source documents in their entirety,” he tweeted. He also challenged Disney’s executive leadership team, made up exclusively of white men, to check their own privilege. “Otherwise,” Rufo said, “they’re fake antiracists, using buzzwords to deflect attention from their moral transgressions.”
Rufo’s tough talk appears to have had some effect. A day after insisting Rufo had mischaracterized its anti-racism program, Disney removed the training and all related documents from its internal portal.
“Disney went from making this preposterous defense statement to nuking their critical race theory program in less than 24 hours,” Rufo said on Twitter. “Corporate DEI is a scam—it’s used to launder corporate reputations and divide Americans into competing racial categories. Shut it down.”