By Jonathon Van Maren
What happens when corporations are colonized by cultural revolutionaries? We are beginning to find out. Over the past few years, business after business has turned from serving customers to waving the rainbow flag, plugging for progressive causes, bullying local governments passing pro-life legislation and other conservative laws, and implementing diversity and equity training (based on critical theory) in their boardrooms and staffrooms. Steve Soukup lays out how it happened and how conservatives can push back in his recent book The Dictatorship of Woke Capital: How Political Correctness Captured Big Business, and he joined me on my LifeSiteNews podcast to discuss his thesis.
A recent example of corporations pushing re-education on employees was posted to Twitter by Libs of Tik Tok. It features a package purportedly from a Home Depot in Calgary, Alberta, titled “Leading Practices: Unpacking privilege.” It is, as they say, quite a ride.
“Privilege” is defined as “a special advantage that may be earned or unearned,” and fair enough. “White Privilege” is next: “Societal privileges that benefit white people beyond what is commonly experienced by people of colour under the same social, political, and economic circumstances.” Warning bells are going off, but the roller coaster really starts when the pamphlet begins to list examples of “white privilege.” Such as:
“If you’re confident that the police exist to protect you, you have white privilege.”
“If you expect time off work to celebrate your Christian holidays, you have Christian privilege.”
“If you can use public bathrooms without stares, fear or anxiety, you have cisgender privilege.”
“If you don’t have to explain that your spouse is of the same gender, you have heterosexual privilege.”
Oh, and in case you’re not white, Christian, normal, or straight, the luminaries at Home Depot have a catch-all to make sure you feel good and guilty, too:
“If you don’t have to think about it, it’s a privilege. CHECK YOUR PRIVILEGE.”