Former CVS chief hired CRT guru to teach employees how Americans are ‘completely soaked in racist ideas’

The former CEO of CVS Pharmacy, Inc. reportedly invited Ibram X. Kendi to educate employees on their inherent racism so they understand that Americans are “completely soaked in racist ideas.” This was the fruition of a reeducation program launched in 2020 by CEO Larry Merlo who has since conveniently retired.

Before the presidency of Barack Obama, stating Merlo’s race would not be material to the story, but times have changed for the worse and so it is important now to note that Merlo is a white guy. A very rich white guy who can’t be racist because he asked Kendi to perform for his employees before he ducked out.

Author and conservative activist Christopher Rufo laid out the discovery and the documents via his Twitter page on Wednesday.

Naturally, the training documents address the now-hackneyed talking points of critical race theory such as “intersectionality”, “white privilege” and “unconscious bias.”

Major corporations like Coca-Cola and Bank of America have recently used similar group-think training programs, and like all anti-racism initiatives, this one starts by having participants break themselves into identity groups to identify their privilege, teaches them how to be an ally, and ends with a commitment to put the training into action.

That’s why he wrote “Antiracist Baby” as a complement to his “How to Be an Antiracist.”

Another exercise, called “Say This, Not That,” provided employees with detailed racial etiquette “reference cards” to reorient their speech to the values of “diversity, equity, and inclusion.” Employees were told to cease using “problematic phrases,” including “I’m colorblind,” “I grew up poor,” “peanut gallery,” “I’m not racist,” and “we must stand up for minorities.” All these phrases, according to the training program, are racist microaggressions that minimize the existence of “systemic racism,” have a “racist history,” and “could be seen as discrediting the experiences of Black people and their culture,” Rufo detailed in his full story at City Journal.

Far from being a bottom-up program of empowerment, the new ideology of “antiracism” allows elites such as Merlo to forego their guilt and shift blame to the average American.

As far as Ibram X. Kendi, charlatans such as he and Nikole Hannah-Jones enjoy lucrative book deals, undeserved Pulitzer Prizes and the all-too-common tenure offers from ivy league universities. (Kendi took his at Boston University. Hannah-Jones rejected hers from the University of North Carolina and instead accepted an offer from Howard University, the alma mater of Vice President and border czar, Kamala Harris).

Kendi, also known to many for his lack of intellect but somehow still highly employable, was once asked to define racism and what it means to be racist. He answered with a circular definition, using the term to define the term:

“RACIST: One who is supporting a racist policy through their actions or inaction or expressing a racist idea.

ANTIRACIST: One who is supporting an antiracist policy through their actions or expressing an antiracist idea.

Definitions anchor us in principles. This is not a light point: If we don’t do the basic work of defining the kind of people we want to be in language that is stable and consistent, we can’t work toward stable, consistent goals.”

Way to go, Larry Merlo.


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