Alexander Pope, 17th century English poet defined hypocrisy this way, “Who dares think one thing, and another tell, my heart detests him as the gates of hell.”
Big Business's involvement in politics is nothing new when we consider donations and lobbyists and who knows what backroom deals, etc. But over the last decade, it has intensified and has manifested into political and social activism among the ranks of the “Woke” left in the culture war. The most recent recruit is Disney and its reversal of its neutral position on the Florida Parental Rights in Education Bill.
Under extreme pressure from just about every quarter of the left including Democrats, Hollywood, the media, other corporations, and LGBTQ demands, Disney’s CEO Bob Chapek succumbed and issued a statement supporting the anti-Parental Rights activists who labeled the bill “Don’t say gay”, which was a complete fabrication of the content of the bill.
There was a time when the leaders of industry were men of exemplary character, patriotic, tough, tenacious, and yes, there were a few of the unscrupulous among their ranks. But times have changed, and although some may have the same views and beliefs of their forebears, others are simpatico with the extreme and radical agenda of the left-wing.
To further their investment in maintaining good relations with the ideologues on the left, many of these corporations have taken measures to enhance their standing, and have issued statements and developed programs dealing with diversity, equity, and inclusion. But there is a caveat; if one were to profile these companies and look at their in-house hierarchal ruling body you will find a pool of hypocrisy. Listed are some major “woke” corporations, and the racial and ethnic composition of their top executives. All are men.
GOLDMAN-SACHS issued a statement to all of the companies it invests in" “Drive diversity throughout your organization, or we might just drive away from your stock.” [There are nine executive officers at Goldman-Sachs, all are white, and there are no persons of color.]
AMERICAN EXPRESS asked its employees to rank themselves on a hierarchy scale of “privilege.” What most people would consider a reasonable response, such as “We are all human beings,” or “We’re all entitled to a level playing field,” would be in violation of the company’s race-based regulations, and guilty of a micro-aggression. [There are thirty members of the Executive team, 25 are white, 2 black, 2 Hispanic, and 1 Asian. Now this is a micro-aggression.]
APPLE'S CEO Tim Cook in June 0f 2020 was heard saying he will launch a Racial Equity Justice Initiative that will “challenge the systemic barriers to opportunity and dignity that exist for communities of color, and particularly for the black community.” [Apples top leadership consists of 14, 12 are white, 2 are Asian, there are no black or Hispanics.]
BANK OF AMERICA has a racial equity program that informs employees that white toddlers “develop racial biases by ages three to five,” and that ‘everyone should be actively taught to recognize and reject white privilege.’” [There are 24 top executives, 19 are white, 2 black, 1 Hispanic, 2 Asians.]
CITI GROUP INC. has on its website a section on racial equity, which has this pledge, to “work with marketing, communications, and legal partners to establish guidelines and increase representation of people of color on Citi accounts, and within leadership teams.” [There are seventeen members of its executive management team, 13 are white, 1 black, 1 Hispanic, 2 Asians.]
FACEBOOK issued a decree in June of 2021 that stipulated by 2024 it will hire more minorities to “increase the number of U.S. based leaders (Director- Level) employees who are people of color by 30%.” [There are 23 top executives, 21 are white, 1 black, 1 Asian; there are no Hispanics.]
WALMART employees are instructed that the United States is a “white supremacy based system,” and that white people promote “white supremacy thinking, that is damaging to both white and black people.” [There are nine top executives, 8 are white, 1 is black, and there are no Asians or Hispanics.]
J.P. MORGAN CHASE CEO Jamie Dimon has stated “Everything has to start at home, where we’re working to drive our diverse and inclusive culture into every corner of our firm.” [The operating committee of JPMC consists of 18 persons, 16 are white, 1 Hispanic, 1 Asian, there are no blacks.]
As you can see, the old saying “Do as I say, not as I do,” is rampant throughout corporate America. I’ve listed only a few, there are others. One might go so far as to say that these titans of industry not only personify hypocrisy, but could themselves be accused of racism.