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Thomas Gallatin / July 9, 2021

Raytheon Boards the CRT Train

Another government defense contractor goes woke to appease Biden’s Pentagon.

One of the leading critics of Critical Race Theory, Christopher Rufo, recently alerted folks to yet another major defense contractor that has gone woke. “Raytheon,” Rufo wrote in a recent social media post, “the nation’s second-largest defense contractor, has launched a critical race theory program that encourages white employees to confront their ‘privilege,’ reject the principle of ‘equality,’ and ‘defund the police.’”

Rufo further expanded on his allegation in an article published in City Journal. He observes that last year, Raytheon CEO Greg Hayes launched a company-wide “anti-racism” program based upon CRT ideology that explicitly rejects “equality” in favor of outcome-based “equity.”

“According to documents and videos I have obtained from a corporate whistleblower,” Rufo writes, “the program begins with lessons on ‘intersectionality,’ a core component of critical race theory. Intersectionality maintains that the world can be divided into competing identity groups, with race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and other categories defining an individual’s place within the hierarchy of oppression.”

Like defense contractor Lockheed Martin, it appears Raytheon has jumped on board the woke train, likely out of business concerns in an effort to appease the leftist mob and bow to the cultural zeitgeist. If this is the way the world — and Joe Biden’s Pentagon — is going, the execs at Raytheon want to make sure they’re positioned at the front of the line for winning those government contracts.

However, Raytheon’s execs might want to consider the implications of going woke. “What is the end goal of this program?” Rufo writes. “The rejection of the principle of equality under the law. A Raytheon toolkit explicitly instructs employees to oppose ‘equality,’ defined as ‘treating each person the same … regardless of their differences,’ and strive instead for ‘equity,’ which ‘focuses on the equality of the outcome.’ The company claims that the colorblind standard of ‘equal treatment and access to opportunities’ is not enough; ‘anti-racist’ policies must sometimes utilize unequal treatment to achieve equal outcomes.”

That’s not a recipe for success or justice. In fact, it flies in the face of the very aim of a genuinely anti-racist society, wherein individuals are judge by their merits alone.

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