Lockheed Martin put top defenders through Zoom course to ‘unlearn white male privilege’

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Lockheed Martin, the nation’s largest defense contractor, forced 13 executives, including a three-star general, to take a three-day Zoom course so they would “unlearn their male privilege.”

The course was led by a company called White Men as Full Diversity Partners last June, at the height of the BLM movement. Details of the three-day course last June were obtained by City Journal.

The 13 employees included retired Lieutenant Colonel David Starr, retired Air Force Lieutenant General Bruce Litchfield, Glenn Woods, vice president of production of the Air Force’s $ 1 F-35 fighter jet program, 7 Trillion and Aaron Huckaby, Director of the Global Supply Chain.

Also on the call were Adam Mackie, Todd Nadeau, Christopher Outzts, Eric Pierce, Scott Redman, Jeffrey Schweiss, Robert Uebele and Mark Ward.

It was run by three men from the firm; Jim Morris, Mark Havens and Michael Welp, one of the co-founders of the company. Bill Proudman, the other co-founder, did not participate.

It’s unclear whose decision it was to take the training, or how much Lockheed paid the company for the 16-hour training.

On the company’s website, they list the city of Portland, NASA, Boeing, Exxon Mobil, Dell, Kohler, Ohio State University, USAA, and Suncor as other customers.

The 13 employees included retired Lieutenant Colonel David Starr, retired Air Force Lieutenant General Bruce Litchfield, Glenn Woods, vice president of production of the Air Force's $ 1 F-35 fighter jet program, 7 Trillion and Aaron Huckaby, Director of the Global Supply Chain.

The 13 employees included retired Lieutenant Colonel David Starr, retired Air Force Lieutenant General Bruce Litchfield, Glenn Woods, vice president of production of the Air Force’s $ 1 F-35 fighter jet program, 7 Trillion and Aaron Huckaby, Director of the Global Supply Chain.

The session Lockheed paid for was a 16-hour virtual White Men's Caucus from White Men As Full Diversity Partners

The session Lockheed paid for was a 16-hour virtual White Men’s Caucus from White Men As Full Diversity Partners

Lockheed Martin, the nation's largest defense contractor, forced 13 executives, including a three-star general, to take a three-day Zoom course so they would 'unlearn their male privilege'

Lockheed Martin, the nation’s largest defense contractor, forced 13 executives, including a three-star general, to take a three-day Zoom course so they would ‘unlearn their male privilege’

Lockheed Martin receives $ 6 billion a year and 70% of that comes from government contracts.

The training included the generals reciting privileges like “my body is mine” and expressions of frustration from a minority perspective like “I’m tired of being black.”

They also had to watch videos from beauty brands Dove and Pantene about self-esteem and body positivity.

Some of the points of discussion included the men adopting “radical new ways of thinking” and forgetting their “problem-solving” tendencies to instead “listen” and accept that “life is a journey.”

At the beginning of the session, the men were asked to list connotations of “white privilege” during a “free association” exercise.

Retired Air Force Lieutenant General Bruce Litchfield was one of the execs to take part in it

Retired Air Force Lieutenant General Bruce Litchfield was one of the execs to take part in it

The trainers wrote down what they said and the connotations included ‘old’, ‘racist’, ‘privileged’, ‘anti-women’, ‘angry’, ‘Aryan Nation’, ‘KKK’, ‘Founding fathers’,’ weapons, “ guilty ” and “ can’t jump, ” according to City Journal, which obtained the course’s itinerary and a screenshot of the men participating in it.

The trainers also handed over 156 privilege declarations to the men.

They included statements of “white privilege”, statements of “male privilege” and statements of “heterosexual privilege” for the men to discuss.

Some of the white privilege statements included finding affordable housing if they moved, getting a haircut, and being ‘encouraged’ to make as much money as possible.

Some of the male privilege statements mentioned by the trainers; “Unlike a woman who decides to keep her name when she gets married, I am not questioned and shamed by friends and family for doing the same.”

They also mentioned the comment, “I am not expected to be ‘broke’ for my gender” and “my body is mine.” my reproductive organs are not seen as the property of other men / the government ”.

The heterosexual privilege statements included “I am not asked to think about why I am straight” and “I can befriend or work with children without being charged with recruitment or assault.”

Then they had to make a series of statements from the perspective of a minority.

They all started with the words “I am tired.”

These are the other customers the company has worked with

These are the other customers the company has worked with

They include, “I’m tired of being black”, “I’m tired of you making more money than me”; ‘I’m tired of people belittling our campaigns (like Black Lives Matter)’, ‘I’m tired of black boys / girls being murdered’; “I’m tired of people thinking they are smarter and better qualified than me”; “I’m tired of hearing that we need a wall on the south border, but not on the north border”; I’m tired of the desire or ‘comment’ to remove race – the concept that we should be ‘color blind’.

They had to watch videos, including one titled ‘White Men: Time to discover your cultural blindspots’,’ Always: #LikeAGirl ‘and’ Coca Cola, Remove labels this Ramadan ‘and an ad campaign from the skincare brand Dove called’ Average or Beautiful ? ‘

Another was Pantene’s ‘A Man’s a Boss, A Woman’s Bossy’.

When asked at the beginning of the training what they thought was in it for them, the Lockheed employees replied, ‘I’m not going to be replaced by someone who is a better full diversity partner’, ‘[I will] improve the brand, image and reputation of white men ‘and’ i [will] less nagging guilt that I am the problem. ‘

Lockheed has not commented on the workout.

DEVELOPED THAT TRAINING HAS BEEN HIRED BY COMPANIES TO ‘WAKE UP’ MALE EMPLOYEES

The company hired to lead the training is called White Men as Full Diversity Partners.

The founder is Bill Proudman. The company was formally founded in the late 1990s and their first training lab – White Men and Allies Learning Lab – was launched in 2000.

Now they offer a range of courses, including the White Male Caucus – the course Lockheed paid for – and free webinars on their website.

It is unclear how much Lockheed paid for the course.

Some of the free webinars on the company’s website include the titles “When Our Identities Conflict – Learning to See and Hear Each Other About Differences” and “Unscripted: Who Gets to Belong?”

The company's founders, Bill Proudman and Michael Welp

The company’s founders, Bill Proudman and Michael Welp

Among the customers listed on the company’s website are The City of Portland, NASA, Boeing, Exxon Mobil, Dell, Kohler, Ohio State University, USAA, and Suncor.

They say the founder, Bill, dedicated his life to enhancing diversity after its launch in the 1990s.

“ Before there were diversity programs, before D&I became part of the national conversation and even before White Men as Full Diversity Partners officially came into being, our collective work to engage white men in diversity efforts had already begun, ” says the company’s website .

The company’s website also states, ‘Our name, White Men as Full Diversity Partners (WMFDP), has some shock value. But it speaks to what we do.

‘We deliberately include the group of people who are rarely part of the conversation, but who usually have all the power – the’ dominant leadership culture ‘, which is white men in the US *

Women and people of color cannot bear the burden alone.

‘That is why we think it is important and necessary to address white men directly.’

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