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A former top-tier employee of American Express is speaking out against harmful woke policies after he was reportedly terminated as a sacrifice “on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion altar.”
In an op-ed published by Fox News, former American Express employee Nick Williams laid out how an accusation leveled against him led to a weeks-long hostile investigation and ultimately his termination simply for doing his job. As he explained it, the “top 1%” employee for eight years was roped into charges of “systemic racism” by the company when a potential client, who was black, refused to comply with the “company’s standard credit checks.”
After she complained to the company arguing she was denied an account on the basis of her race, Williams detailed a “73-day long interrogation” of his sales practices with “internal and external legal counsel.” He reported that he was not permitted to defend himself and he was advised against having a lawyer present before his eventual firing over the phone.
“So, I was sacrificed on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion altar,” he said.
The Manhattan Institute’s Christopher Rufo was investigating the practices of American Express in his efforts to expose strongholds of critical race theory and other woke ideologies and recounted, “American Express was teaching its employees that the country was fundamentally racist” and “that capitalism was fundamentally oppressive.”
The investigation eventual joined up with an advocacy group seeking ways to combat these unjust practices and Williams wrote, “New evidence in documents obtained by the race-blind advocacy group Color Us United’s UnAmerican Express campaign shows that American Express incentivizes executives to promote, hire, and fire based on race by giving a 15 percent bonus for composing a team with their desired ratio of minorities and women.”
Kenny Xu of Color Us United explained that American Express has “given bonuses to hiring managers for so-called ‘racial equity’ meaning that they’re giving bonuses to hiring managers who hire more blacks and fire white Americans. So you hire black Americans – you fire white Americans for the sake of equity – you get a bonus, you get a financial incentive to be racist.”
Williams isn’t the only one to suffer at the hands of these woke agendas as an executive with the bank HSBC was recently suspended for criticizing his company’s climate agenda. “There’s always some nut job telling me about the end of the world,” Stuart Kirk said before facing the wrath of his higher-ups. “But what bothers me about this one is the amount of work these people make me do, the amount of regulation coming down the pipes, the number of people in my team and at HSBC dealing with financial risk from climate change.”
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Likewise, Williams wrote, “What happened to me…is not about protecting solid company policies. Rather it is about requiring strict adherence to certain beliefs. Those beliefs are set out in American Expresses’s Diversity, Inclusion & Equity statements.”
“These policies are full of doublespeak. The document speaks extensively of ‘inclusive’ leadership and promoting all employees. Those statements are then directly contradicted by ‘Investing in Underrepresented Talent’ and ‘Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community’ and promoting women,” he went on. “Nowhere is there mention of the one community that is clearly not being supported under the current regime – white family men like me.”
Even billionaire CEO Elon Musk has come face-to-face with these agendas when Tesla was recently dropped from the S&P 500 ESG Index that monitors corporations’ adherence to environmental, social and governance practices. For his part, the entrepreneur seemed unfazed by the decision, calling it “a clear case of wactivism.”
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However, Williams pointed out how impactful these policies are on average citizens when a company decides “to promote DEI and other woke policies – no matter the damage. The result is – as in dictatorial regimes – those who do not adhere are either silenced or exiled.”
American Express has fully embraced the tenets of ESG and outlined the focus of their roadmap “on three core pillars: Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I), Building Financial Confidence, and Advancing Climate Solutions with new long-term goals and initiatives.”
Williams concluded, “We can only hope that the realities of a free market and America’s belief in real inclusion, diversity and equality will force American Express and other companies to save themselves and their employees from becoming dictatorial fiefdoms.”
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