Wokeness now completely dominates almost every major company in the United States. And Citibank, from whom I have a credit card, is one of the strongest supporters of the woke agenda.
A quick glance at Citibank’s 2022 Notice of Annual Meeting and Proxy Statement reveals just how far off the rails it has gone. First, in the statement Citibank declares:
“In response to changes in reproductive healthcare laws in certain states in the U.S., beginning in 2022 we provide travel benefits to facilitate access to adequate resources.”
What this means is that in response to Texas banning abortion after a child’s heartbeat is detected, Citibank will pay for its Texas employees to travel to another state to kill their child if the child has a heartbeat. Very family friendly, if I say so.
Second, Citibank is fully on board the transgender train:
“We continue to broaden gender affirmation medical coverage and incorporate it in our basic medical plan coverage around the world.”
This means that Citibank is fully committed to paying for puberty-blockers, cross-sex hormones, and sex-change surgeries for its employees and their children, even though there is zero evidence that doing so improves the well-being of people who “identify” as the opposite sex. Even though “medically-affirming” children in their desire to be the opposite sex has life-altering consequences, including body mutilation and becoming permanently infertile. Even though research shows that up to 90% of children who “identify” as the opposite sex will return to their physical sex if left alone. But no matter. Citibank wants to strut and fan its radical transgender agenda feathers.
Third, the company is fully on board with surrogacy (paying someone else to bear your child):
“We have enhanced our fertility coverage and our support of young families however they are formed. Citi’s new Adoption and Surrogacy Assistance Program provides reimbursement to help with certain expenses in the adoption of a child or surrogacy parenting arrangement.”
So however you want to “form” your family, Citibank will be there for you. Forget about the fact that surrogacy very often involves wealthy people exploiting poor women to have their children. Forget about the fact that surrogacy very often places children in families without their mothers (as it is increasingly used by homosexual men to have children). For Citibank, all that counts is satisfying the demands of its employees, the interest of poor women and children be damned.
Fourth, Citibank is strongly behind the “diversity, equity, and inclusion” agenda (i.e., the “we hate straight white men” agenda):
“Increasing the number of women globally and U.S. Black employees into assistant vice president (AVP) to managing director (MD) levels will position Citi to further close the raw pay gap and increase the diversity of the Company. At the AVP to MD levels, Citi established representation goals of 40% for women globally and 8% for U.S. Black employees by the end of 2021. As of December 31, 2021, Citi exceeded its goals for AVP to MD levels for women globally (at 40.6%) and U.S. Black employees (at 8.1%).”
So Citibank supports hiring not on merit, but on race, sex, and ethnicity, in violation of the Civil Rights of 1964.
But that is not all:
“In September 2020, building on its longstanding focus on advancing financial inclusion and economic opportunity for communities of color in the United States, Citi and the Citi Foundation announced our Action for Racial Equity to help close the racial wealth gap and increase economic mobility. The effort aims to provide greater access to banking and credit in communities of color, increase investment in Black-owned businesses, expand affordable housing and homeownership among Black Americans and advance anti-racist practices in our company and the financial services industry. As part of Action for Racial Equity, Citi and the Citi Foundation have already invested more than $1 billion in strategic initiatives.” (Italics added)
Yep, Citibank has committed $1 billion to support the agenda of Black Lives Matter. And forget about investing in Hispanic, Asian, Middle Eastern, and, of course, white businesses or helping people in such groups own homes; all that matters to Citibank is supporting Black-owned businesses and increasing home ownership of Black people, all in violation of civil rights laws that specifically forbid preferring one race over others. And of course, Citibank will advance anti-racist policies which, you guessed it, support racism. (The woke have never understood the law of contradiction well.)
So there you have it. Citibank, the fourth largest banking institution in the United States, is fully onboard the woke agenda. Citibank will pay for its Texas employees to travel to abortion-friendly states to kill their children in order to skirt the pro-life laws in Texas. The bank supports paying for the medications and surgeries of its sex-confused employees and their children, who most often are not better off after such treatments and very often are worse off as their bodies are mutilated and they become infertile. It supports surrogacy, which often involves exploiting poor women and depriving children of a mother. And it supports race, sex, and ethnicity over merit, in violation of our country’s civil rights law. Rather than concentrating on its core business of banking, Citibank has decided to focus on left-wing causes that have nothing to do with profits.
With a company like this, I have decided to cut up my Citibank card. I hope that more people do the same.