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American Express Crushes Capitalism and Says Whites Come Last

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Hello, and welcome to ATP's Really Dumb Things, They Said. I'm Barry Nussbaum.

I've had an American Express card for decades, and now I'm not so sure about the worth of the Amex. Maybe after you hear this, you'll have your doubts, too.

American Express recently hosted the great-grandson of the Nation of Islam's founder as part of the company's anti-racism training program. They invited the great-grandson of the Nation of Islam’s founder to tell its employees that capitalism is evil. For those of you who aren't sure, the current longtime head of the Nation of Islam is Louis Farrakhan, who hates America, especially white Americans, and, of course, all the Jews.

The program was part of the credit card giant's Critical Race Theory training program, asking workers to deconstruct their racial and sexual identities.

Then rank themselves on a hierarchy of privileges. Amex executives created an internal anti-racism initiative, 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 or not you're the oppressor or the oppressed in any situation. Employees could then determine whether they have privilege or are members of a marginalized group.

White males end up in the oppressor position, while racial and sexual minorities are considered the oppressed. In a related section, trainers instruct employees how to change their office behavior based on their relative position on the hierarchy chart.

The trainers provide a blue flow chart with specific rules for interacting with black, female, and LGBT employees. If members of a subordinate group are present, workers should practice intersectional allyship and defer to them before speaking. Did you hear me?

White males must not speak before black, female, or LGBT employees. Oh my God. White employees are told not to utter phrases such as, "I don't see color.” “We are all human beings.” “Everyone can succeed in this society if they work hard enough."

Why not? I'll tell you why those are microaggressions. At one meeting, an anti-racism event, Amex execs invited Muhammad, the great-grandson of the Nation of Islam’s founder Elijah Muhammad, to lecture on race in America.

He argued that the system of capitalism was founded on racism, racist logic, and forms of domination that have shaped Western civilization from the industrial revolution to the present. This is Amex, the million-dollar world-famous capitalism success story. So, as Muhammad argued, the company should reduce standards for black customers and sacrifice profits in the interests of reparations.

Yes, he says, Amex should reduce credit standards and not make a profit on blacks. That'll be reparations. Finally, Amex recommends a series of resources for employees to learn about covert white supremacy and to dedicate themselves to the lifelong task of overcoming our country's racist heritage.

Employees are encouraged to listen to the "Beyond the Prisons" podcast, which advocates for prison abolition. A movement that is committed to eliminating all imprisonment, all policing, and all surveillance.

Altogether workers are also directed toward a series of articles that promise to force white people to see and understand how white supremacy has permeated their lives, demonstrate that white children are racist before they even speak, and persuade employees that Congress should pass legislation for race-based reparations.

ATP friends, calling this program dumb and Amex dumb is not strong enough. The company has lost its corporate marbles. Does the dumb, dumb series of decisions make any sense to you?

How do you feel about your American Express card now?

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