Bizarre, nutty, dangerous: Cigna accused of cancelling whites

Friday, March 26, 2021
Chris Woodward, Billy Davis (

Cigna websiteCigna, the medical insurance corporation, has been exposed as the latest company to demand white employees reflect on their “white privilege” but, in this case, the corporate training is being exposed as downright bizarre and possibly illegal.

Thanks to at least one whistleblowing employee, The Washington Examiner reported on Cigna’s corporate training in an exclusive March 19 story. The story described “sensitivity training” that mirrors race-conscious PowerPoint lessons from other human resources offices around the country, but it also revealed Cigna employees are being instructed to use “inclusive” language in the hallways and cubicles, and refrain from using “microaggressions” that upset others.

At first blush, the Examiner story reads more like a silly story from a satirical news website – stop saying “Brown Bag Lunch” and “Hip Hip Hooray” --- but the information is genuine. It came in the form of "leaked documents and chat logs” obtained by the newspaper.

One Cigna employee also told the Examiner the corporation is attempting to skip over white men in new hires, and the Examiner reviewed an internal chat log describing that situation. A second candidate for hiring was also turned down because of the company’s “diversity criteria,” the employee claimed.  

Among the wealthy Fortune 500 companies, Cigna ranks among the top revenue producers on the list. It has approximately 73,000 employees worldwide, the Examiner said.

"Our inclusive culture at Cigna means that we're working hard to ensure everyone feels respected, welcome, and like they belong," Susan Stith, the Cigna Foundation's vice president for diversity, equity, inclusion, and corporate responsibility, stated in an internal memo. "This extends to the words we use, including understanding when certain terms might be perceived as negative or hurtful, and being intentional about choosing positive alternatives."

"This is just nuts," responds Justin Danhof of the National Center for Public Policy Research.

employment applicationAmong the nutty banned phrases he reviewed, Danhof says it’s unbelievable to suggest that an employee stating “I had a crazy day” harms fellow employees.

"Who is this supposed to offend?” he asks.

Danhof is well familiar with the leftward drift of corporate boardrooms. Representing the National Center, Danhof routinely travels to shareholder meetings where he confronts powerful corporate leaders over their far-left activism. What he often hears – much like the Cigna training – is a canned statement that the corporation believes in diversity and inclusion.

On its website, in fact, Cigna's commitment to "diversity and inclusion" goes on page after page describing how the company's "D&I strategy" means it is committed to both "Equal Employment Opportunities and Affirmative Action." 


According to the Examiner story, Cigna launched a Building Equity and Equality Program in 2020 that promised to “support diversity, inclusion, equality and equity for communities of color.”

"This is happening everywhere," reiterates Danhof. "It just took a brave whistleblower to leak these documents to The Washington Examiner.”

Whoever that whistleblower is at Cigna, Danhof predicts, that person will be fired if Cigna’s IT employees trace the internal emails from the employee’s computer to the Examiner’s newsroom.

Buried far down in the "D&I Strategy," however, is a corporate promise to protect whistleblowers who act in "good faith." 

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