How dare a black woman CEO step out of the shadows and speak about diversity on national television?!
That’s the attitude some white Sam’s Club shoppers have been displaying since the company’s CEO, Rosalind Brewer, appeared on CNN and boldly said she believes in diversity and demands it within her company.
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In a dialogue with host Poppy Harlow, Brewer said:
"My executive team is very diverse, and I make that a priority. I demand it of my team and within the structure. And then, every now and then, you have to nudge your partners, and you have to speak up and speak out. And I try to use my platform for that.... I try to set an example. I try to mentor many women inside my company and outside the company because I think it's important.”
"And I talk to my suppliers about it. Just today we met with a supplier, and the entire other side of the table was all Caucasian males. That was interesting. I decided not to talk about it directly with [the supplier's] folks in the room because there were actually no females, like, levels down. So I'm going to place a call to him."
Her words were twisted and turned completely out of context and somehow became racist against white people which prompted a call for whites to boycott the country’s eighth-largest retailer.
As a White person I need a safe space from racist blacks. I do not feel safe at Sam's Club. #BoycottRacistSamsClub— Henry (@StillAGoodfella) December 15, 2015
#BoycottRacistSamsClub until its CEO resigns!— Mike (@MikeMartin1733) December 15, 2015
Apparently, to these folks, the underlying meaning of “diversity” is “no white people.” That backwards, misguided way of thinking is the main argument being used against Brewer and her statements.
Doug McMillan, CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. — which owns and operates Sam’s Club — released a statement on Facebook in support of Brewer and clarifying the stores’ stance on diversity.
"For years, we've asked our suppliers to prioritize the talent and diversity of their sales teams calling on our company. Roz was simply trying to reiterate that we believe diverse and inclusive teams make for a stronger business. That's all there is to it and I support that important ideal."
It's obvious that all those threatening to "boycott" greatly misunderstood what Brewer was saying.
She never once said that she doesn't hire white males, she actually has several of them on her staff. What she said is that she believes a team should be comprised of people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and gender in a conscious effort to obtain a mixture of perspectives in order to better serve communities with residents from all walks of life.
If THAT ideology is considered racist, then everyone needs to jump on the bandwagon. Evidently, all the protesters and activists fighting daily have the wrong definition of "racism."
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