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Letter to my woke CEO

By Greg Strange                                                       
web posted July 6, 2020

Soon after the George Floyd riots began, the CEO of the Fortune 500 company for which I work sent out a memo to all employees.  As you can imagine, since corporate America has proven itself utterly craven and gratuitously woke, the memo was a load of treacly virtue signaling that basically affirmed the despicable lie that America is shot through with systemic racism.  I was so enraged by this disgusting propaganda that was put in my workplace mailbox that I had to respond personally to the CEO.

What follows is the letter I wrote to him, via e-mail, and his eventual response.  The names of the CEO and the company have been changed.

Dear Mr. Smith:

As a longtime employee of Acme Inc., I was recently disheartened by a memo I found in my mailbox from you.  I’m referring to the memo you recently put out about George Floyd and related events.  The reason I found it so disheartening is that while we are all being continuously pummeled by lies about an irredeemably racist America, the CEO of the company I work for has apparently joined the woke mob and is now pushing this propaganda on his employees.

I’m sorry if that sounds harsh, but someone has to speak up, and forcefully.  Between the never-ending vilification of white people and the utter mayhem that has recently been occurring in every major city in the country, reading your memo literally made me feel sick.  Why?  Because in it, you basically affirmed the destructive notion that the police are systemically racist and that, indeed, all of America is still racist.  That is simply not the case and it is highly offensive both to me and thousands of Acme employees.

Everyone agrees that George Floyd’s death was wrong, but according to the statistics, which are readily available to everyone, a black man is about as likely to be struck by lightning as to be killed by a racist white cop.  Sir, if you have the ability to run a large corporation, then you certainly have the ability to analyze very simple and straightforward data, such as the following:  Twice as many whites as blacks are killed by police in an average year, even though blacks commit an inordinate percentage of the violent crime in this country.  A cop is 18 times more likely to be killed by a black person than vice versa.  A black cop is twice as likely as a white cop to kill a black person.

And we all know about the pandemic of black-on-black violence and murder that infects every urban center in the country that has a significant black population.  Therefore, we all understand that the single greatest threat to a black man in this country is another black man.  Nothing else even comes close.  So, with all due respect, why in the world would you contribute to perpetuating the destructive lie that our police are systemically racist and out to kill black men?

To be honest, in the current atmosphere and being white myself, I don’t feel particularly safe as I go about this largely black city doing my job.  Given the fact that when it comes to interracial crime between blacks and whites, over 80% of it is black-on-white, I don’t think my trepidation is unjustified, particularly in the current climate.  Do you care about my safety or my feelings as you denigrate the country that I love and that I know is so much better than what you depicted in your memo?  Or is placating our “colleagues of color” the only thing that matters now?

Of course, you are hardly alone.  Virtually all corporations of any size in the country are now aligning themselves with the radical left in virtue-signaling obsequiousness, and all in support of a contemptible lie.  Unfortunately, America is going to pay a heavy price for this because all you are doing is helping to fuel the rage of those who contribute nothing to society and bring anarchy to our cities.

The radical left in this country has taken what was clearly an aberration and used it as an excuse to literally tear the country apart with riots, looting, assault, murder and general mayhem.  They are toppling statues, defacing monuments, making insane demands, calling for the end of police, convincing formerly rational people to kneel before them.  In their irrational rage they are even tearing down statues of Washington and Jefferson, two of the greatest men in human history who helped establish the greatest country in history.  It’s all like something from the Reign of Terror after the French Revolution, which, by the way, was the antithesis of our American Revolution and ended in a total bloodbath.  Again, I have to ask the question, with all due respect: Why would you contribute to this in any way?

Sir, do you actually believe the smears against America and the police, or are you just “going along to get along?”  I strongly suspect it’s the latter, but either one is unworthy of someone in your position and no good can possibly come from it.

So, why am I even bothering to write this and send it to you?  Because I care deeply about this country and when I see it irrationally being torn apart, I can’t stand by and do nothing.  I want to see if it’s possible to appeal either to your intellect or your conscience or both.  I’m out there risking my life, literally, every day for this company.  Let me tell you that between, first, the stresses of Covid and now this anti-American madness that has gripped the country, it is nearly unbearable to think that the CEO of the company I work for is contributing to that madness.  And I can assure you, I’m not the only one who feels this way.

So, what do I want?  At the very least, what I want is that you would not subject your employees to any more propaganda that helps to fuel the irrational beliefs of left-wing anarchists who are out to destroy our country.  That doesn’t seem like too much to ask.  Perhaps in the current atmosphere you feel that the pressure is so great that you have no choice but to “go along to get along.”  If so, I would remind you of Churchill’s famous quote: “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

In the current climate of progressive madness in which the radical left has been so emboldened, the purges are likely to be unending.  It would be foolish for corporate leaders to think that because they parroted leftist ideology, they will therefore be immune from those purges.  After all, the left hates capitalism.  What more do you need to know?

Sir, if you care about our country and about the thousands of Acme employees who feel the way I do but are afraid to speak up, you will take what I’m saying seriously.  I implore you: please do not give in to the mob.  Your loyal and patriotic employees do not deserve to be insulted or to have to live and work in an atmosphere of intimidation.  Please do not succumb to the poison of identity politics which can’t possibly unite us, but will only divide us into opposing camps.

Thank you for hearing me out (assuming you haven’t already hit the “delete” button).  I thought about sending this anonymously out of fear of possible reprisal, but then I thought, no!  There is no way that a fair-minded man, as I assume you are, would do that.  Hopefully, my having spoken openly and honestly about something this important will garner your respect and not your disapprobation.

With respect and concern,

Greg Strange, Acme employee

And here’s his response:

Greg,

I received your letter regarding my message to employees about racism.  Thank you for expressing your opinions.  I am certain you recognize that this is an extremely emotional and traumatic time for all Americans, but especially African-Americans.  I am proud that Acme Inc. stands firmly for equity and justice.

Thank you,

John

That’s it, nothing more, short and sweet, completely dismissive.  He wasn’t interested in any contrary facts, just staying on message, no matter the cost to company morale or our society at large.  I might as well have been talking to a zombie – and for all intents and purposes, I was.

So, we can expect the virtue signaling to continue until the day comes when Black Lives Matter storms his office, drags him out and burns his capitalist, white privileged headquarters to the ground.  But until then he’s “proud that Acme Inc. stands firmly for equity and justice.”

This is where we’re at, folks.  Would he have reacted differently if he had received a thousand similar letters?  Who knows?  I still recommend that everybody send one to offending corporations.  Better to go down fighting than to just take whatever they dish up without pushing back.  But this affliction, which is turning our people into woke zombies, is unbelievably virulent and it's hard to imagine what could turn things around, short of a violent rebellion. ESR

Greg Strange can be reached at gpstrange30341@yahoo.com. (c) 2020 Greg Strange.

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