Disney training materials obtained by journalist Christopher Rufo include a program called “Reimagine Tomorrow,” which features instruction on “microaggressions,” “white fragility” and “allyship.” It refers to America’s “long history of systemic racism and transphobia” and calls for creating “equality of the outcome,” rather than equal treatment and equal opportunity.
White employees, who are asked to complete a “white privilege checklist,” are taught to squash any suggestion that accusations against them might be false. “Examine and work through feelings of guilt, shame and defensiveness to understand what is beneath them and what needs to healed,” the training materials say.
Disney also instructs white employees to promote the skills and qualities of their black colleagues when those colleagues aren’t present “to provide visibility and sponsorship.” Staffers also are told to “learn what to say and what not to say” to their black co-workers. They’re also advised to automatically give “validation” if a colleague shares an experience. “Do not question or debate black colleagues’ lived experience,” the guide says, including any suggestion that a particular comment or action wasn’t race-based.