Bank of America, Lowe’s, and Truist Financial Corporation sponsored a United Way critical race theory “Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge” claiming that America is systemically and institutionally racist, encouraging participants to “decolonize [their] mind[s]” and to get “woke at work,” and urging white people to “cede power to people of color.”
Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, first revealed the critical race theory challenge, presenting documents he obtained from a whistleblower. Rufo reported that Bank of America encouraged North Carolina employees to undertake the “Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge,” but support for the critical race theory training extended far beyond that Bank of America branch.
In December 2020, United Way of Central Carolinas issued a press release announcing the challenge.
“Black and Brown people continue to face tremendous obstacles to achieve economic mobility across our country and here in the Charlotte region. This project allows each of us to examine the systems and policies that have historically disadvantaged those populations and benefitted others,” United Way of Central Carolinas President and CEO Laura Yates Clark said in a statement.