Employees of Oxfam have expressed their outrage at a recent survey the charity distributed to its staff on racial justice in which it claimed that “racism is a power construct created by white nations for the benefit of white people”, making white employees feel victimised for the colour of their skin.
The organisation was accused of creating a hostile working environment for its 88 per cent of white employees in the UK, telling them that the colour of their skin gives them a “unique privilege” and that they are a part of a “power construct” which has been based on “viewing white people as superior”.
“We understand whiteness as the overaching preservation of power and domination for the benefit of white people and ultimately that which white supremacy served to protect”, the survey read, which proceeded to call on more work on “decolonisation”. It added that the charity “does not recognise reverse racism”.
One female employee told The Times that the survey made her feel like she had to “apologise for being a white woman” adding: “I don’t want to be sub categorised as either a white supremacist of a full on racist”.
Another staff member who works in an Oxfam charity shop told the newspaper that she felt “under attack for being white, English and voting Leave”.
A third simply asked: “Why are they presuming their workers, who are working for a humanitarian charity, are racists and bigots?”
Social media users expressed their anger at the charity’s woke decline on Wednesday with one donor to the organisation saying: “Oxfam slagging off white people. I am white and I have given to Oxfam all my adult life, until today that is. Absolutely sickened by this racism!”
Another accused the charity of pushing “more outright racism dressed up as progressiveness. Shocking! Anyone normal, i.e not bought into this idiocy needs to boycott this travesty of an organisation.”
Conservative MP Pauline Latham, who sits on the Commons’ international development committee accused the charity of embracing “critical race theory” are defining “whiteness and blackness in stark, oppositional terms that are unintuitive to most people”.
In response, the charity told The Times: “Oxfam is working hard to become an anti-racist organisation and this survey is an important part of ensuring that we live up to our values.”