AT&T CEO John Stankey has taken the company’s anti-discrimination policy to a whole new level.

The company’s white employees are forced to read articles calling them out for racism, urging them to acknowledge systemic racism, and urging them to allege their white privilege or they will otherwise be sanctioned in reports on their performance.

After the murder of George Floyd and following events, Stankey introduced a company’s program against racism - “Listen Understand Act”.

In April this year, Stankey sent an email to all employees of the company (over 230,000 of them) urging them to take advantage of the opportunities the company provides in the fight against racism.


In the email, Stankey wrote, among other things, that everyone as an individual must do everything to promote racial equality and justice stating how all the tools to achieve these goals are available on the Listen Understand Act portal.

Although the majority of the company employees are not required to participate in the program, managers are evaluated once a year on diversity issues and required to participate in program implementation programs, which include book clubs, discussion groups, race reeducation groups, and various mentoring programs.

Give in or accept you’re racist

Journalist Christopher Rufo spoke with an AT&T employee and found out that the company requires employees to sign a loyalty pledge, assuring their actions will encourage positive change in the company and participation in activities such as education about systemic racism.


A source from the company explained that if you refuse to sign the above, you are immediately labeled as a racist.

A few pages from the program’s portal have been made public, and one shows a list of readings recommended to company’s employees such as the Chicago Tribune’s 2020 article - “White America - If you want to know who’s responsible for racism, look in the mirror”, a book by Daniel Hill, “White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White” and “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism”, by Robin DiAngelo.

Part of the program called “Act” includes the “21-day Racial Equity Habit Challenge”, based on concepts such as white supremacy, privilege, and whiteness, and those who attend it must take action every day (21 days) with the goal of better understanding the concepts of privilege, supremacy, justice, and equality.

The program, inter alia, consists of lessons teaching how whiteness is the longest-lasting scam ever and that white supremacy is rooted in the foundations of the state.


Program participants are taught tools to recognize their bias, and as one of the tools to improve their own and others ’perceptions are tips on breaking racial jokes.

The Washington Post reported that AT&T has set lobbying for police reform as a task for some of its employees in the public affairs and legislative teams.

It was also announced that the company had donated $ 21.5 million for the purpose of fighting for racial justice.