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American Express Training Employees That Capitalism Is ‘Racist’

American Express Training Employees That Capitalism Is ‘Racist’

“Workers are also ­directed toward a series of articles that … demonstrate that white children become racist before they can speak and persuade employees that Congress should pass legislation for race-based reparations.”

Critical Race Theory provides the foundation for the toxic and profoundly racist garbage ideology that divides Americans into oppressors (white people) and the oppressed (everyone else), that has its roots in Marxism and openly pushes for the end of capitalism in this country, and that teaches white people that they are born racist and must pay for their white privilege and supremacy—both directly, through reparations and indirectly, through ‘stepping aside’ for and ‘deferring’ to ‘people of color.’

The goal is to destroy American values and founding principles, to eliminate American capitalism, to eradicate American exceptionalism, to demolish the American Dream. America is, to these twisted anti- and unAmerican radical neo-racists, irredeemable, steeped in racism from more than a century before its inception to this very day.

So it seems strange that a company that is not only named “American Express” but that, as a credit card company, exists only because capitalism exists should embrace an ideology that would see the company dismantled and destroyed along with the great country it chose as its namesake.

But this is 2021. Strange is the new normal. American Express has indeed joined the likes of woke Coke, Disney, and the Federal Reserve in spending hundreds of thousands (millions?) of dollars to dismantle itself, to create a hostile work environment for its white workers, and to create ‘new’ racist structures to replace “systemic racism.” Whatever that is.

Christopher Rufo first broke this story (as he did the Disney story).

From Rufo’s piece at the New York Post:

American Express, which made a $2.3 billion profit last quarter, invited the great-grandson of the Nation of Islam’s founder to tell its employees that capitalism is evil.

It was part of the credit card giant’s critical race theory training program, which asks workers to deconstruct their racial and sexual identities, then rank themselves on a hierarchy of “privilege.”

According to a trove of documents I’ve reviewed, AmEx executives created an internal “Anti-Racism Initiative” after George Floyd’s death last year, subjecting employees to a training program based on the core CRT tenets, including intersectionality, which reduces individuals to a tangle of racial, gender and sexual identities that determine whether he is an “oppressor” or “oppressed” in a given situation.

. . . . In another handout, the instructions for white employees are even more explicit: “identify the privileges or advantages you have”; “don’t speak over members of the black and African-American community”; “it’s not about your intent, it’s about the impact you have on your colleague.”

Even common phrases are subjected to race-based regulation: White employees are told not to utter phrases such as “I don’t see color,” “We are all human beings” and “Everyone can succeed in this society if they work hard enough” — all categorized as “microaggressions.”

. . . . Finally, in the flagship Anti-Racism Initiative training module, AmEx recommends a series of resources for employees to, quoting Ibram Kendi, “learn about covert white supremacy” and dedicate themselves “to the lifelong task of overcoming our country’s racist heritage.”

Employees are encouraged to listen to the “Beyond Prisons” podcast, which advocates for “prison abolition,” a movement committed to “eliminating imprisonment, policing and surveillance” altogether. Workers are also ­directed toward a series of articles that promises to “force white people to see and understand how white supremacy permeates their lives,” demonstrate that white children become racist before they can speak and persuade employees that Congress should pass legislation for race-based reparations.

In order to train their employees about the evils of capitalism (again, this is American freaking Express!), they invited Khalil Muhammad, who is related to the Nation of Islam founder, to regale them with lies about the racist roots and ongoing racist blah blah of capitalism. Astounding.

At one high-profile “anti-racism” event, AmEx execs invited Khalil Muhammad — great-grandson of Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad — to lecture on “race in corporate America.” He argued that the system of capitalism was founded on racism and that “racist logics and forms of domination” have shaped Western society from the Industrial Revolution to the present.

“American Express has to do its own digging about how it sits in relationship to this history of racial capitalism,” Muhammad said. “You are complicit in giving privileges in one community against the other, under the pretext that we live in a meritocratic system where the market judges everyone the same.”

One part of Muhammad’s diatribe that caught my interest was the part where he lays out the next phase of this grotesque CRT hit job on America, one I satirically predicted not that long ago (though I posited it as a good way to get these corporations to grasp where this is all headed before it’s too late).

Muhammad then encouraged executives to begin “the deep ­redistributive and reparative work” and to “lobby [the government] for the kinds of social policies that reflect your values.”

More, Muhammad argued, the company should reduce standards for black customers and sacrifice profits in the interest of race-based reparations.

“If American Express cares about racial justice in the world, it can’t simply say the market’s going to define how we price certain customers, who happen to come from low-income communities,” he said. “If you want to do good, then you’re going to have to set up products and [product] lines that don’t maximize profit.”

Equity! Free stuff for all minorities! And not just in the form of government handouts, but from privately-owned businesses and corporations . . . well, until they get bailed out by and/or nationalized by the federal government with taxpayer money.

It is absolutely stunning that corporate America is buying into this racist, evil grift. But it is. En masse.


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2smartforlibs | August 12, 2021 at 7:07 pm

Not sure what tenant of the Capitalist system these Worktoins have an issue with?
Can’t be capital accumulation, competitive markets, price systems, private property rights, or voluntary exchange of wages and labor.
If they believe any of that they wouldn’t be in business.

The company’s been taken over by the human resources department.

The people hired to order sufficient numbers of pads and pencils for an institution always wind up in charge. It’s called “administrative encirclement.”

    Ben Kent in reply to rhhardin. | August 13, 2021 at 8:24 am


    Jossef Stalin once famously said that capitalists will sell him the rope he’ll use to hang them.

    American Express card will be used to buy the rope that’s used to hang the Amex executives.

    Amex = a bunch of cowardly morons. Enabling the rise of neo-racism and new-Marxism.

Corporate virtue signaling to cover up corporate wrongs. Dupes fall for it every time.

I would cut up my American Express card, but I have never been dumb enough to get one.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Oracle. | August 12, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    I have one with a really high limit, through USAA. As soon as I am done re-casting the loan on my house, it will go away. I don’t want to take the credit hit right now.

Time to unleash Terry Tate the office linebacker?

Retained earnings, democratic choice, in a natural climate are diversitist, per chance rabid? While bias is intrinsic, prejudice is progressive.

FortesFortunaJuvat | August 12, 2021 at 8:33 pm

Cancelled. Thank you for the info.

I cancelled my AmEx card last year. Now, I’m disappointed that I can’t cancel it again.

    Heh, I so get this! I was really disappointed I couldn’t boycott Netflix, Hulu, Disney, etc. because I already boycotted them ages ago. 😛

    I did have the distinct and continuing pleasure of ditching Amazon and Coca Cola. So yay!

    henrybowman in reply to OldProf2. | August 12, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    I once had an AmEx for a short period, but cancelled it because they were charging me for it and nobody wanted to take it, so I can’t cancel it again. I cancelled two 35-year Discover accounts over wokeness (Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense fund). Abandoned two Chase accounts for similar reasons.

    I need to find a credit card company / bank on the opposite site of the Galt Divide. HELP!

      Find a credit union you can join and use their card. Use them for all your banking needs, for that matter.

        DSHornet in reply to hrh40. | August 13, 2021 at 10:57 am

        Concur. It’s always a good idea to have a “plan B” with personal finances. Our bank of choice hasn’t shown signs (that I’ve noticed) of going woke but, if it does, there’s a local credit union we already do business with that is a credible go-to.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to henrybowman. | August 13, 2021 at 7:08 am

      The idiot who was our operations manager at work, got this brilliant idea of getting us involved with having American Express corporate cards, AND tying us in with the Concur travel booking website. The Concur prices were all far higher than what one could get anywhere else.

      The big thing he learned (at OUR expense) is that in Europe, NOT “everyone” takes Amex. He bought into the TV ads. Gas stations by and large just didn’t accept them, and restaurants outright asked us if we had either Visa or “Diner’s Club”, which in the US is Discover.

      We had a situation in Italy where we all were headed for the airport, and had to refuel the rentals before returning them. I started getting phone calls from my workmates. “Bear, I don’t have enough Euros left, and the station doesn’t take Amex! I’m stuck!” I ended up driving to three different stations to bail them out because I had my Visa with me. Some had their own cards, but because they had not alerted their banks about their overseas travel, they’d not work.

      That dunderhead still saddled us with those Amex cards because the rewards (to the company) were so great. I pointed out that Visa, MC, and Discover also had corporate setups, but, no, we had to hve Amex.

They’re learning it in university. How can anyone be surprised that it leeches out beyond the university walls?

    So true! I think we were all kind of thinking the “real world” would slap them in the face when they got real jobs. At least I thought that. For a while. Now I could slap myself for not seeing the bigger picture. Sigh.

      henrybowman in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | August 12, 2021 at 11:21 pm

      The problem is nobody expected the pincer movement. The socialism rose up from the bottom through the universities; then leapfrogged the real world and came down from above, through government (which is not the real world).

Just race blackmail 2.0

By this definition, an “ally” is at best a dhimmi and at worst a slave, not that such should surprise you coming from a Muslim.

The insanity continues, and accelerating at a pace we’ll never overcome.

Secession is our only hope.

    Funny how you keep pushing this “secession” nonsense but never ever engage anyone who asks you about it, prompts you to provide details, some historical precedent, ANYTHING that makes sense to normal people. You never respond, not even to those who ask in good faith (i.e. not me). Either deal with the myriad problems of your secession obsession or stop bleating about it. Seriously, it’s getting old. /she bites

      Sheesh, Quebec in 1995 tried it and ended up with an attempt at “Sovereignty-Association”, which was pretty much the equivalent of wanting to be free from your parents but you’re going to live in the basement with full kitchen privileges and Mom is going to continue to do your laundry.

      Yes, Canada isn’t the US. I don’t know where finereport lives, but secession is not exactly easy.

        Precisely. There is no way a bunch of states can secede from the union and hope to be recognized as a new country by any other nation on earth. Without that, there is no new “country” or “confederacy of states” or whatever.

        That’s setting aside the myriad other problems with this secession nonsense (i.e. do we carve deep blue cities out of red states? Do we force big city regressives to move out of our “country”? If so, how and by what means? What do we do with military installations in seceded states when they are part of the federal government from which we are seceding? Will the actual United States of America recognize our new union? Nope, of course not, not in a million years. So no other country will dare to. And on and on.) It’s absolute suicidal lunacy. But everyone here knows that already. Except Fine (whom, apart from this secession crazy, I adore!).

          Ben Kent in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | August 13, 2021 at 8:39 am

          Maybe Fine means secession in a different way than we all assume. It does not necessarily have to be simply a formal process of state separation. It could be an informal process at an individual level. It could mean people starting to refuse to interact with those who are hell-bent on killing us and destroying the country. Individual is sovereign. In that case, I’ve already started to seceded because I do not support Disney or Amex or other woke organizations and people.

          By the way, Progressives/Marxists are much better at identifying which people and organizations to support or not support. That’s why virtue signally is SO IMPORTANT to Progressives – because they know liberals will act on this. Conservative believe in free markets and generally are against favoring or disfavoring ppl or orgs based on politics. Maybe conservatives could take a page out of the Progressive handbook and start to signal their virtue and support other conservatives ?

          By the way, why do we even call ourselves “conservatives” – We should call ourselves the Non-Woke – because that is a bigger tent (inclusive of independents) and really isolates the problem where it belongs – with Progressives.

        The Friendly Grizzly in reply to p. | August 13, 2021 at 2:56 pm

        Reminds me of the Puerto Rican separation movement. Go home, yanqui imperialist running dogs! (But. Leave the social security, food stamps, subsidies, and tax breaks for Microsoft, Squibb. J&J, and other American firms so we can have jobs.]

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | August 12, 2021 at 10:42 pm

      Better yet: Fine, how about writing a guest article for LI, so we can discuss and debate the points?

      I’m off the opinion that the country will fracture, or, there will be a realignment of state borders. Examples. Greater Idaho. Jefferson, and if Nashville becomes Bay Area South, the State of Franklin will be back on the table.

        Oooh, good idea, Grizz! Though we can’t publish such a thing here at LI (due to the Foundation’s legal status and related laws regarding advocacy), but I would be happy to host it on my own site or reach out to others to see if they would publish it.

        A discussion would be good. I can think of a zillion reasons why secession is a super bad idea, but I haven’t yet heard one good argument for it and have prompted Fine on multiple occasions to flesh out his ideas. I’m definitely persuadable on this point.

          The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | August 13, 2021 at 7:14 am

          “hough we can’t publish such a thing here at LI (due to the Foundation’s legal status and related laws regarding advocacy)…”

          Drat. There goes my chance to do up an article and become famous!

          I would participate in such a discussion – if you host it. I think forma secession is not feasible. But I think informal means are worth consideration. I’m not sure how practical – but worthy of debate.

          JusticeDelivered in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | August 13, 2021 at 1:45 pm

          I ran a trade association as a C Corp, and a nonprofit as a companion organization. We did all the political stuff in the C Corp. You have to be careful that you do not run afoul of the laws, but it can work. Over 20 years.

Glad I cancelled my AmEx card 25 years ago. I don’t need to support that kind of racist crap.

The Friendly Grizzly | August 12, 2021 at 11:07 pm

Mr. Rumor encourages a monthly donation. Does he take AMEX?


“Critical Race Theory provides the foundation for the toxic and profoundly racist garbage ideology that divides Americans into oppressors (white people) and the oppressed (everyone else), that has its roots in Marxism and openly pushes for the end of capitalism in this country, and that teaches white people that they are born racist and must pay for their white privilege and supremacy”

CRT does not teach that people are born racist in fact the whole idea is that systemic issues mean that it could well be that within a systemically racist system the people themselves don’t actually need to be racist at all. That’s kinda the point otherwise its just plain old racist isn’t it.

    Ben Kent in reply to mark311. | August 14, 2021 at 8:48 am

    You post support for CRT ? ? Seriously ?

    I notice you post takes a very very VERY narrow sliver of what “CRT does not teach” in an effort to find some aspect of it that might be supported with out it looking racist. If you don’t think CRT is about making race the central factor in society you are not paying attention.

    Support for CRT … probably the worst and least supportable position you’ve taken in this site.

      mark311 in reply to Ben Kent. | August 14, 2021 at 5:46 pm

      It’s called nuance. Instead of attacking every aspect of every principle under the umbrella of CRT which is what is happening maybe take a more principled approach and understand which bits are good and which are bad. You know intellectual honesty. The problem is that many people on the right conflate all the issues together and no matter what just becuase it’s called CRT it’s labelled as bad and wrong. The evidence however for specific points like system racism is that it exists and that it’s a genuine issue and that the characterisation on the right is ignorant of not only the issues but the framing of the debate.

      Uhg I never claimed that CRT doesn’t make race the central issue. That’s not something I’ve actually said. Maybe address the actual substance of the claim rather than trying to reframe it

Anacleto Mitraglia | August 13, 2021 at 5:29 am

I don’t have an AmEx, but I do hold a MasterCard. With THAT name, I expect my bank to soon cancel it.
And applying for a Visa would certainly be deemed raycisst.
Is Diner’s safe? Asking for a friend.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Anacleto Mitraglia. | August 13, 2021 at 7:17 am

    Diner’s implies you are wealthy enough to dine out, and that’s not faaaaiiirrrrrr! (If you want a Diner’s Club card, sign up for Discover. It’s the same thing.)

HR departments now function as corporate political commissars.

Heat that? It’s the sound of AMEX cards being cut up and all across America!

Businesses have values, and we could conclude from this that the values of American express are syndicalist and that it hopes some day to become an arm of the US government propped up by and propping up the government which will turn crush all of it’s opponents.

This was so disgusting that even Steve Forbes a man who made a career out of putting what people are really worth on a front page article (so we could be sure respects money) who is very much unsympathetic to todays Republican Party expressed revulsion.

Having to pay back money borrowed from AmEx on credit is racist. Don’t support racism – don’t pay back the money you owe to AmEx.

    Ben Kent in reply to Tom Morrow. | August 14, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Tom – tell me your skin color and I’ll tell you if that will work for you.
    The woke use a skin color filter.
    BTW – you get extra points if you can claim “reparations”

Canceled my card.
Thanks for the reporting.

A Marxist sees minorities as victims and exploits them for political power without really helping them.

A Capitalist sees minorities being discriminated against as bad business practices because of the lost opportunities.

Of course, the above isn’t 100% true, because there are idiots everywhere, but if a Capitalist discriminates he will lose business to the competition! Marxists, however, do not tolerate competition in word or dead.

    mark311 in reply to CaptTee. | August 15, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Capitalism doesn’t care about discrimination at all. By definition it’s about profit, if the society imposes other values then sure it may react in a more ethical way but only by pressure from government or society. Look at American history, the US made a fortune from slavery it didn’t end it becuase it made good business sense it ended it because it was the right thing to do.

    With respect to Marxism hmm not really sure there are any main stream Marxists in the US Bernie and AOC are social Democrats not Marxists. They are entirely different things

Which of Elijah Muhammad’s many mistresses is Khalil Muhammad descended from?