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At Last: The Military-Industrial Complex is Atoning for Its White Privilege

As bombs rain down on Yemen, Lockheed Martin has finally realized it has a problem: a lack of woke consultants.

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Don’t ever say there isn’t healing in America today. From Christopher Rufo at City Journal:

Last year, Lockheed Martin Corporation, the nation’s largest defense contractor, sent white male executives to a three-day diversity-training program aimed at deconstructing their “white male culture” and encouraging them to atone for their “white male privilege,” according to documents I have obtained.

The program, hosted on Zoom for a cohort of 13 Lockheed employees, was led by the diversity-consulting firm White Men As Full Diversity Partners, which specializes in helping white males “awaken together.”

At this point, the argot-shrouded details of what Lockheed executives were made to do are so familiar as to be boring. Employees participated in a “free association” exercise, listing terms like “KKK” and “can’t jump” in conjunction with “white men.” They went over the “devastating” traits of white male culture, such as “rugged individualism” and “a can-do attitude.” And, of course, they were brainwashed against wrongthink:

The trainers provided the participants with a list of 156 “white privilege statements,” “male privilege statements,” and “heterosexual privilege statements” to read and discuss, including: “My culture teaches me to minimize the perspectives and powers of people of other races”; “I can commit acts of terrorism, violence or crime and not have it attributed to my race”; “My earning potential is 15-33% higher than a woman’s”; “My reproductive organs are not seen as the property of other men, the government, and/or even strangers because of my gender”; “I am not asked to think about why I am straight”; “I can have friendships with or work around children without being accused of recruiting or molesting them.”

And blah and blah and blah.

Still, I think I may be able to help here. If Lockheed Martin would like to stamp out racism, perhaps it could start by raising a hue and cry the next time one of its bombs is used to slaughter brown children in Yemen. Maybe it could stop striking deals with the Saudi government over warplanes that are regularly deployed to vaporize Arab civilians. Perchance it might even reconsider pocketing taxpayer money paid in part by Latinos and African Americans for a stealth fighter that even the Air Force admits is a flopping failure.

The idea that what these merchants of death really need is another Ibram Kendi-inspired seminar should underscore yet again the reality here: critical race theory is post-Christian religious absolution for elites.

Ultimately, though, we do need a military and we do need weapons contractors. And right now, those institutions are dysfunctional, overpriced, bureaucratic, unaccountable, and saddled in inefficiencies. Does anyone seriously think a little wokeness is going to make that better? The entire point of CRT is to diminish excellence and personal responsibility in the name of “equity” by way of useless consultants. That’s about the last thing our military-industrial complex needs right now.

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Matt Purple is a senior editor at The American Conservative.

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