Indian high-tech entrepreneur, Vivek Ramaswamy, says that a “woke” corporate culture creates an environment that eliminates any kind of “diversity of thought” in the workplace, which is stifling creativity and innovation.
The multi-millionaire and author of the book, “Nation of Victims” gave his grave warning about the “woke” culture push during the most recent broadcast of “Fox & Friends Weekend.” Ramaswamy’s comments come as there has been widespread push back by employees nationwide who are tired of being force-fed woke policies by their employers.
Speaking to Host Rachel Campos-Duffy, Ramaswamy said, “I think that employees today have a civic duty and a duty to their companies to speak their minds openly. Because, Rachel, I can tell you, there has never been a time in my adult life where there has been a bigger gap between what people were willing to say in private and what people were willing to say in public. And I just think that is such an indictment of our civic culture. And I’ll tell you something, I think that diversity of thought is really important in corporate America.”
He then went on to explain why he feels that such wokeness policies in the workplace stymie independent thought and innovation. It used to be that employees – especially those in the tech field – were encouraged to shake up the status quo, to think “out of the box” before that became a cliché. But now, woke culture wants everybody in the exact same box, no coloring out of the line – or else.
He explained to Rachel that trying to provide support for the growing movement that is pushing back against wokeness in the workplace is why he is hosting an upcoming webinar along with Kenny Xu of “Color Us United,” to discuss how employees can counter “woke” policies in the workplace.
I think innovation depends on [more diversity of thought]. I think our culture depends on it. Yet the odd thing is, in the name of diversity of thought, we have actually sacrificed it in the name of this new Capital “D” diversity movement. And so, the goal of this event, the reason why I agreed to speak with Kenny [Xu] – the founder of the organization who asked me to the headline this – was that, you know what? I think a lot of this can be done in a bottom-up way where employees can recreate that culture in their place of work by just speaking their minds openly. I think that’s the goal we’re trying to drive.
According to their website, “Color Us United is “…the voice of those who oppose dividing America by race, religion, sexual orientation or any other characteristic. We resist those who divide Americans in the name of “racial equity” — in government, schools, corporations, journalism, or social media.”
The Webfest featuring Vivek Ramaswamy asks potential viewers questions such as:
- Has your workplace gone “woke”?
- Is your company hiring and promoting based on “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”?
- Are you being asked to add “your pronouns” to your signature?
- Are you being told “whiteness” is a privilege?
It is scheduled for June 9. Interested participants can register here.