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'Only WHITE people are racist': IBM's Red Hat allegedly issues 10 'allyship commandments' to employees
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'Only WHITE people are racist': IBM's Red Hat allegedly issues 10 'allyship commandments' to employees

IBM subsidiary Red Hat allegedly issued a series of commandments to employees that they must follow and must accept as "fundamental truths," including that only white people can be racist and that white people are responsible for ending racism.

Investigative journalist James O'Keefe and O'Keefe Media Group obtained what they purport is a document from IBM subsidiary Red Hat. Red Hat is an American software company founded in 1993 that was purchased by IBM in 2018 for $34 billion.

The alleged internal document, titled "Allyship Commandments," included a subheading stating that "your allyship commitment accepts these fundamental truths."

According to a program alleged to be in practice at the company, "allyship" refers to an "active and consistent effort to use your privilege and power to support and advocate for people with less privilege."

Among the company's alleged 10 commandments were that employees must never question "the reality of our Black friends and colleagues."

As well, the list demands that employees reject "the idea that race is political," accept that "WHITE people are responsible for dismantling racism," and accept that "only WHITE people are racist."

Strangely, it also reportedly stated that being an ally means not seeking "recognition or praise for a job well done."

O'Keefe also reported that a different section of the document stated, "Whiteness constructs the game, hides the rules, then rigs the game, over and over again."

Whistleblowers allegedly leaked the document just days after it was announced that America First Legal would be filing a federal civil rights complaint against IBM over race-based hiring practices.

The complaint was in response to a different O'Keefe leak, which featured a video of IBM CEO Arvind Krishna and Paul Cormier, chairman of Red Hat, detailing penalties, including termination, for leaders who fail to sufficiently hire on the basis of race and sex.

"I'm very clear about this. I expect at the executive level, so that is not just my directs, but all executives in the company, have to move forward by 1% on both underrepresented minorities," Krishna said. "Let me say it: Asians in the U.S. are not an underrepresented minority in a tech company. However, others are. Ditto on gender diversity."

"So we take underrepresented and gender. You've got to move both forward by a percentage," the IBM executive went on in the video. "That leads to a plus on your bonus."

Cormier noted that "multiple leaders over the last year plus that were held accountable to the point that they're no longer here at Red Hat ... because they weren't willing to live up to the [DEI] standards that we set in this space."

Red Hat did not immediately respond to a request asking for verification of the document's authenticity. This publication will be updated with any relevant responses.

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Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados is a writer focusing on sports, culture, entertainment, gaming, and U.S. politics. The podcaster and former radio-broadcaster also served in the Canadian Armed Forces, which he confirms actually does exist.
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