“Disney “diversity and inclusion” program brings criticism and praise

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FILE – In this Dec. 21, 2020, file photo, a family walks past Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)

BURBANK, Calif. (BRPROUD) – The Walt Disney Company is dealing with another controversy after leaked documents found their way into the City Journal.

The author of the story is Christopher F. Rufo, and documents he claims to have obtained delve into “Disney’s “diversity and inclusion” program, called “Reimagine Tomorrow.”

Rufo says that “Reimagine Tomorrow” “includes trainings on ‘systemic racism,’ ‘white privilege,’ ‘white fragility,’ ‘white saviors,’ ‘microaggressions,’ and ‘antiracism.'”

Not everyone agrees with this response to “Reimagine Tomorrow.”

An anonymous source with Disney says, “I think it can be best summarized that the author of the article had a story they wanted to tell then selected facts to back it up, instead of looking at all the facts and writing a supportive story.”

The source says that through programs like ‘Reimagine Tomorrow’, “I have seen us have much better dialogue and teamwork than before and by having that at work it has helped many understand how diverse our population is outside of work.”

A Walt Disney Company spokesperson provided this statement:

“These internal documents are being deliberately distorted as reflective of company policy, when in fact their purpose was to allow diversity of thought and discussion on the incredibly complex and challenging issues of race and discrimination that we as a society and companies nationwide are facing. The Disney brand has a long history of inclusivity, with stories that reflect acceptance and tolerance and celebrate people’s differences, as we have consistently demonstrated in such popular films as Moana, Coco, Black Panther, Soul and Raya and the Last Dragon, and as a global entertainment company we are committed to continuing to tell stories that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience.”

This controversy comes to light after the Snow White ride at Disneyland caused a stir by not taking out what opponents call, a ‘kiss without consent.’

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