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Fox News promotes ‘Color Us United,’ an event that encourages workers to reject diversity initiatives

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From the edition of June 6, 2022 Fox and Friends Sunday.

RACHEL CAMPOS-DUFFY (CO-HOST): So many employees feel captive in their workplace. And a lot of it comes from the human resources department. What can an employee do if they are in a company that they feel they cannot be themselves or speak their minds, or if they feel captive to these woke policies?

VIVEK RAMASWAMY (GUEST): So listen, I think employees today have a civic duty and a duty to their companies to speak out. Because, Rachel, I can tell you that there has never been a time in my adult life when 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’s such an indictment of our civic culture.

And I’ll tell you something, I think diversity of thought is really important in corporate America. I think innovation depends on it, I think our culture depends on it. Yet, what is strange is that 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 purpose of this event, the reason why I agreed to speak when Kenny [Xu], the founder of the organization, asked me to headline this was that, you know what, I think a lot of things can be done bottom-up where employees can recreate that culture in their workplace by simply speaking their minds openly. I think that’s the goal we’re trying to achieve.

CAMPOS-DUFFY: I think it’s great. But you have to admit, Vivek, there are consequences to that. If you say what you think – and I think everyone should, and I think it’s a good thing to do – but let’s be honest, that means you may not be able to climb the ladder of the company.

RAMASWAMY: It’s even worse than that. I mean, many employees over the past two years have been fired for taking the wrong political stance, for saying the wrong thing. And I think America is not a place that’s supposed to force you to choose between putting food on the dinner table and speaking your mind openly, between the American Dream and the First Amendment. We are the country where you can enjoy both things at once.
And look, I think a lot of this is driven by the shareholders of these companies. I talked about it a lot. But I think there is a call to action from employees, that yes, it may involve some level of risk. But that’s why we’re bringing together a whole group of people to say that if everyone does this together it can actually lead to a culture shift and help courage be as contagious as the culture of fear has been in recent years.

CAMPOS-DUFFY: So, Vivek, tell me a bit about this webinar. What do you hope to accomplish in this webinar, both yourself as a speaker and Color Us United?

RAMASWAMY: Listen, I hope to leave people with the feeling that they’re not really alone, actually. There’s a big obsession in corporate America today with making sure that the executive ranks and boards of directors look like the rest of America – regardless of whether they actually think like the rest of America, which I think is actually more important.

And so, my point is really to say that, you know what, if you’re the only person in the room who has a point of view, you have an obligation to speak up. But my commitment to you in return is that when you do, you’ll probably find that you weren’t the only person in the room with that view as well. And I told that to the employees one by one. But now, if we are able to say this on a national basis as a large group, I hope we can together drive the kind of positive cultural change that breaks down barriers between people, reopens dialogue. And that’s actually what brings us together, not reciting a slogan that the HR department taught you to say.