The Walt Disney Corporation recently launched a new diversity and inclusion program that teaches its employees about things like systemic racism, transphobia, white privilege, and unconscious bias, and nobody is more upset about it than Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina.
Yesterday, the 25-year-old Nazi enthusiast took to Twitter to voice his outrage over the whole thing.
“These documents should concern everyone,” he tweeted. “America is not a racist country. The only racists are the people at @Disney who are directing white employees to ‘not question or debate anything they are told by Black people.’ The woke anti-racists are the real racists.”
These documents should concern everyone.
America is not a racist country.
The only racists are the people at @Disney who are directing white employees to “not question or debate anything they are told by Black people.”
The woke anti-racists are the real racists. https://t.co/mMlmPBPh1y
— Rep. Madison Cawthorn (@RepCawthorn) May 10, 2021
For the record, Disney is not instructing its white employees to “not question or debate anything they are told by Black people.” It is, however, encouraging them to be more open-minded and accepting of others.
According to documents obtained by City Journal, the company’s new diversity and inclusion program notes that the United States has a “long history of systemic racism and transphobia” (fact!) and it is encouraging its employees to “take ownership of educating yourself about structural anti-Black racism” (great idea!) and “not rely on your Black colleagues to educate you” (because it’s not their damn job!).
The training also recognizes that some white people may have “feelings of guilt, shame, and defensiveness” but it encourages them to work through those emotions and “listen with empathy [to] Black colleagues” and “not question or debate Black colleagues’ lived experience.”
All good things.
Part of the program includes a check list to teach participants about their own privilege. The list includes markers like “I am white,” “I am heterosexual,” “I am a man,” “I still identify as the gender I was born in,” and so on.
Also a good thing. Unless, of course, you’re Madison Cawthorn.
Here’s how folx responded to the antigay lawmaker’s outrage over Disney’s new diversity and inclusion program…
You have dangerously misquoted the document.
— Sean O (@sposhe) May 10, 2021
You’re a Hitler fan, right?
— Rich Morgan (@RLM19382) May 10, 2021
You are the reason many companies have Diversity classes. And the reason I 100% support them Madison. History!
— Ken Dean (@kendean20005) May 10, 2021
America may not be a racist country. But many of its citizens — including you — are racist.
Addressing racial issues is not in and of itself racist.
But ranking blow jobs based on the race of the female giving the blow jobs — as Madison Cawthorn has — is most definitely racist.
— WNC Political Operative (@WNC_Politico) May 10, 2021
— Trump Lost (@EmpressPug) May 10, 2021
You are deliberately misrepresenting what the Disney brochure says. In fact, you are lying about it. No one is “directing white employees to “not question or debate anything they are told by Black people”” as you say they are. The brochure says: pic.twitter.com/zy32IWaxu1
— Carolinatralala (@Carolinatralala) May 10, 2021
Our nazi congressman, once again showing he doesn’t read much, even the stuff he posts
— Pete McCabe (@RocinanteRider) May 10, 2021
This coming from a racist, nazi supporting, homophobic transphobic moron who clearly doesn’t know how racism works. Racism is alive and well and living in the dank and deprived hearts of the Republican Party and its supporters.
— alex_white7 (@alex_alexwhite7) May 10, 2021
I guess when you’re homeschooled by your mom and live a white privileged life in WNC, you wouldn’t know much about systemic racism.
Our Founding Fathers had slaves, moron.
Our country was built on the backs of slave labor and Native American genocide. Educate yourself.
— Science Matters (@trustscience92) May 10, 2021
Stay in your lane child. What happened to government not interfering with private enterprise?
— Brent Jerricho (@BrentJerricho) May 11, 2021
Not racist, just offended by the idea of other white people having to listen to black voices without telling them why they are wrong.
— Dave Ferrell (@canyoufixthat) May 10, 2021
“America is not a racist country.”
But we do have plenty of racists like you in positions of authority, so we’re kind of splitting hairs.
— Jedi, Interrupted 🏳️🌈💛 (@JediCounselor) May 10, 2021
Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.