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Chief Woke Officers Take Over Corporate America

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Mitch McConnell tried to warn them. He said that “If I were running a major corporation, I would stay out of politics” and stop “behaving like a woke parallel government.”

Yet corporations continue to preach endlessly about “systemic racism” and “equity,” and their actions are more indicative of left-wing activist groups than a legitimate business.

Starbucks, for example, suspended its own policy against issue-advocacy to allow employees to wear Black Lives Matter clothes.

American Airlines, Netflix, General Motors, BlackRock, and Amazon signed a letter calling election integrity bills “discriminatory.”

Bank of America, FedEx, and Pepsi pulled their sponsorships from the Washington Redskins (now the Washington Football Team) to protest the team’s allegedly “racist” name.

Nike, Facebook, General Mills, IBM, Pfizer, Google, T-Mobile, Microsoft, Target, Uber, and Verizon, among many others, all signed a letter opposing legislative efforts to keep biological men from competing in women’s sports.

The list goes on and on and on.

A recent series of powerful ads funded by Consumers’ Research even called out some woke companies by name and pointed out their contradictions and hypocrisy.

Ironically, behind these ultra-woke corporations are ultra-tame corporate leaders. In their own lives, they usually reap the benefits of traditional, even conservative lifestyles, with higher marriage rates, lower divorce rates, and a focus on work and family. And they certainly don’t seem eager to implement aggressive racial or gender “equity” in their own corporate C-suites. There are only four Black CEOs in the Fortune 500 and fewer than fifty women.

Moreover, while their companies have effectively become mouthpieces for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, most corporate executives themselves avoid political activism. They don’t spew woke platitudes on Twitter because they’re not on Twitter. A study found that, among Fortune 500 CEOs, only 36 had a Twitter account. While CEOs are more than willing to put out a statement under their company’s name paying lip service to whatever left-wing crusade is fashionable at the moment, they’re generally much less willing to tie their own name to it.

The executives cut big checks to politicians, though, right? No, they really don’t. Among Fortune 100 CEOs, for example, only six donated to the campaigns of Donald Trump or Joe Biden in 2020. Even during the 2018 midterms, when CEOs had an opportunity to make far more donations to far more candidates (and do it under the radar, far away from a presidential election), among Fortune 500 CEOs, only 35 gave more than $100,000 and more than half gave nothing at all.  

Among those who do donate, plenty of them support Republicans and Republican groups.

What gives? Why do Chief Executive Officers usually run their lives like sensible businesspeople but run their companies like Chief Woke Officers?

It boils down to one simple truth: they’re afraid of the people they hire.

They look out at their company, and who holds the real power? Overeducated, Rachel Maddow-watching, walking HR departments—often actually working in HR. 

Woke radicalism has gone mainstream by seizing the once bland world of Human Resources at the innermost layer inside organizations. Now, they’re subverting institutions from within.

As a result, even middle-of-the-road personnel policies today include statements on “equity,” “inclusion,” and even “anti-racism” as standard-issue boilerplate. Far from the traditional HR responsibilities of hiring, firing, and training personnel, today’s HR departments are the woke police of corporate America, enforcing rigid adherence to leftist ideology. Any dissent, even from corporate leadership, is not tolerated. Ever fearful of being tried in the court of public opinion, CEOs and other executives, ostensibly the most powerful people in the company and some of the most powerful people in the country, submit.

CEOs, always more concerned with investor-relations and long-term projects than HR policies, now face a choice.

Do they stand up for what they probably know is common-sense, and fire the mouth-breathers more suited to running a freshman seminar on protest art than running a company?

Or do they take the easier road—surrender to the enemy within, keep cashing their checks, and hope the woke mob cancels someone else?

We’ve seen their answer. Again and again and again. They cave.

Yet while purging companies of radical activists would likely lead to some short-term backlash on Twitter and in the media, it would undoubtedly lead to a healthier business environment in the long-term – and better the lives of employees who just want to earn a living without being unwillingly co-opted into progressive political activism. Unfortunately, thus far, executives have shown a complete unwillingness to do so, apparently content to cede their companies to leftists as long as they can continue collecting a large paycheck.

Woke liberals and the HR departments they run have taken over companies. Now, with CEOs in their grasp, they’re taking over America.

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Richard
29 days ago

Its how Communism bullies people into submission. These CEOs are either Communist themselves or scared of the Communists. BLM and the Gender Screw- up crowd are nothing more than Communist operatives brainwashed into a Culture War just like China had their Culture war against the older generation, where millions were murdered, and its all steered and instigated by Communists who use these people as “Useful Idiots”!! Don’t drink the Red Kool-Aid and don’t be a Useful Idiot. Think for yourselves. Know that very bad, greedy, people who own the Media are trying to brainwash you to your own destruction. The Media is the Enemy. Don’t listen to it, don’t watch it and destroy it now!!

Larry
1 month ago

If you feed people chocolate cake three times a day, they will grow tired of it and refuse to eat anymore at some point. The same holds true with this so called wokeism.

Karen
1 month ago

Solution……do not buy their product. We have lived without them b4.

BAE
1 month ago

The WOKE executives and CEO’s will help Schumer, Pelosi and joe Biden destroy the US of America. They will laugh all the way to the bank. When they realize what they have done to America, it will be too late…

Crowhill
1 month ago

Wokeism is a distraction to pacify the left and keep people from noticing all the horrible things they’re doing.

Mike Granby
1 month ago

Woke politics are also a distraction, and one that can garner the CEO praise, plus invites to all the right dinner parties. And in the end, preaching politics is a lot easier than the toil of making money. Running a company well is tough: For all the talk of grand strategic plans and visions, it’s more about grinding out the details, day after day after day. In the end, the Coke CEO sells flavored water, and what he should be worrying about is his supply chain, he distribution, his market share, etc. But that’s awfully hard and dreary work, and even if you do your best, you might not deliver the numbers that the shareholders want. So what better than politics, where all it takes is a memo or a press release to solve a problem? It’s perfect for today’s dilettante leadership class: Instant results, no risk, and no need for real work.

Steve Goetz
1 month ago

Like the old time Soviet Commissars on the factory floor, in the theater, everywhere the Soviets wanted to control they inserted a commissar.

Jerry L Caruthers
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve Goetz

The wealthy supporters of the Democratic Socialists Party will be given special party status and treatment in the new United Socialist States of America. They will remain wealthy and powerful, while ensuring that all of their loyal subjects have the same meager social status and meager medical and dental care. All people who do not comply with the new order and those regardless of faith who adhere to a conservative religious theology will be persecuted and will be subjugated into a life of miserable servitude or killed. I am one who will not comply! “Give me Freedom or give me Death!”

gin
1 month ago

The true church will be taken from the earth before things get really bad.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 month ago

These wokes are just plain stupid. Kyle L.

Eddie Van Halen
1 month ago

Disgusting to hear that GM has jumped on board with that BS.

Karen
1 month ago

Disgusting that any major company has jumped on board.

Phillip
1 month ago
Reply to  Karen

Indeed. So many companies, I can’t boycott them all.

Mandy
1 month ago

What is important to remember is that there must not be as many of these “woke” voters because otherwise, the Democrats would not have needed to cheat so greatly in the last election.

gin
1 month ago
Reply to  Mandy

unfortunately, they managed to do it and seem to be getting by with it.

JaneLee Keller
1 month ago
Reply to  gin

SEEM TO ?????

Kelli
1 month ago

Woke=stupidity!!!!

Jill
1 month ago

So, I wish someone could make a list of the corps. to boycott with a list of reasonable replacements! No McD or Burger King.. Go Chik-fil-A!

ML
1 month ago
Reply to  Jill

There is a list of major corporations to avoid, along with the reasons to avoid them, posted on telegram. Surprisingly, Chik-fil-A has caved.

Max
1 month ago
Reply to  Jill

Chik-fil-A also now sides with the Left and has dropped conservative organizations–that is the power of money….GREED.

Phillip
29 days ago
Reply to  Max

It’s easy to boycott Chick-fil-A. Their double lines are so long I have no problem going somewhere else. Besides, their product is overrated.

JaneLee Keller
1 month ago
Reply to  Jill

I would like to see each and every one of these companies picketed Constantly all the way to the next Presidential Election !

Jim Carlyle
1 month ago

I have watched this mental illness ruin three very dynamic, major US companies in my lifetime-GE, GM and Atlantic Richfield-two of which I worked for.

Patriot Will
1 month ago

Carla is correct. Many of these CEO’s of woke companies are weak cowards. They do not have the courage and/or work ethic to hire many more conservative workers. They are used to collecting disgustingly large salaries for putting in very little actual effort. They would rather pretend to be effective bosses than actually face the pain and discomfort that comes with making tough decisions. These “woke” executives are actually grossly overpaid drones.

Carla
1 month ago

It’s pathetic that these weak-kneed woke CEOs would put everyone at risk by caving to leftist policies. Conservatives are already moving their business to corporations that keep their nose out of politics. Conservatives still have the power to put these woke jerks out of business. We have the power of the purse, and where possible, we should boycott all of these companies.

Wanda
1 month ago
Reply to  Carla

Tore up my Bank America card and sent it back to them …. it was my very first credit card….how sad, but I did let them know the reason I did this….that they need to run their business and stay out of the woke era of politics because it is nothing but lies.

Eddie Van Halen
1 month ago
Reply to  Wanda

AND, those turds are members of the CFR, a globalist organization.
Be careful where your money goes to. Get off that damn “BookFace” also.

Jorge L Rios
1 month ago
Reply to  Carla

The problem is there are few alternatives. We have allowed this to go on way too long, so now where do we turn to for goods and services with out supporting these traitors to our country.

Tom
1 month ago

Blackrock and another investment company own so much of other companies that they have their people on the companies board of directors and there lies the problem.

PaulE
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

Yes, Larry Fink the CEO of Blackrock has stepped way over the line from his company simply doing financial management of investors’ money to advocating his own personal political ideals onto every company his firm has shares in. If we had a functioning SEC, one would expect the government would look into what amounts to unethical business practices by the chief executive of the company. Then again, since he is openly pushing Democrat ideals onto so many of the companies that Blackrock owns substantial stakes in, through the various ETFs his company has, the federal government turns a blind eye to his strongarm tactics.

Phyl
1 month ago

Unfortunately, we can’t boycott them all but the ones we can, do.
I’ve wondered what the CEOs are going to feel once they succeed in taking America from a capitalist country to communism? Once that happens the people who support them will not longer have money to support them.
I would say it will serve them right except we’ll all be suffering. The CEOs falling for the woke junk are idiots.

Sue
1 month ago

Maybe some of these CEO’s should “grow a pair”.

Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Got to help them achieve Chap 7 only way

Ellen Hayes
1 month ago

I’m tired of big money worrying only about the almighty dollar and never giving thought to ay type of moral climate. Most of these companies I have already stopped patronizing. i don’t need expensive, fancy coffee from Starbucks. Stopped buying Nike years ago because I don’t believe in their abusive slave labor. Don’t use Target, Uber, IBM or Verizon. I buy very few General Mills products. Unfortunately I use Google maps, have a T-Mobile phone and have Microsoft on my computer. Tired of what is going on in this country and tired of hearing all of the talk about what needs to be fixed and not seeing anyone doing the hard work of making things right again.

Eddie Van Halen
1 month ago
Reply to  Ellen Hayes

Exactly right, Ellen. And “Levi” or anything S.F. based as well. How can ANY Conservative even THINK about living in S.F. let alone CA ? My career had me there from ’77 to ’88. Glad my transfer came through although it was for family reasons too, back then.

ConservativeGigi
1 month ago
Reply to  Ellen Hayes

I’m looking into Patriot Mobile for my family’s cellphone service– we were with Verizon for years, now T-Mobile, but I want to put my money where my mouth is (no pun intended) and just need to make this switch. Anyone “out there” who has switched to Patriot Mobile– is the coverage/service any good?

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