Stand up for the facts!

Our only agenda is to publish the truth so you can be an informed participant in democracy.
We need your help.

More Info

I would like to contribute

Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke June 10, 2021

No, Coca-Cola didn’t make ‘Try to be less white’ cans

If Your Time is short

  • Coca-Cola didn’t make cans that say "Try to be less white," according to the company. 

After Coca-Cola pointed its employees to a diversity training course on LinkedIn that encouraged people to "try to be less white," misinformation about the company started to spread on social media. 

We already debunked one claim that Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey said "a few right winged nuts won’t affect our bottom line." 

Now people are sharing an image of a Coca-Cola can that says "Try to be less white."

The company told PolitiFact that Coca-Cola has not created or distributed such a can. 

Posts sharing images of the can were flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

Featured Fact-check

"The mock Coca-Cola can appearing in some social media feeds was not created, distributed or authorized by the Coca-Cola company," the company said in a statement sent to PolitiFact. 

We couldn’t find the original image of this can — with or without "try to be less white" appearing on it — but in February Snopes looked into a different picture of a can that also said "try to be less white." 

That original photo is available on, and "try to be less white" doesn’t appear on the can. 

We rate this claim False.


Our Sources

Browse the Truth-O-Meter

More by Ciara O'Rourke

No, Coca-Cola didn’t make ‘Try to be less white’ cans

Support independent fact-checking.
Become a member!

In a world of wild talk and fake news, help us stand up for the facts.

Sign me up