Yesha Callahan

Sam’s Club CEO Talks Diversity, White Men Are Outraged

AP

AP

White men are feeling some type of way after a CNN interview in which Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer championed diversity and talked about an experience meeting with a supplier who had no representation of women or people of color.

“It has to start with top leadership,” Brewer said regarding the way she promotes diversity within her company, Yahoo! Finance reports. “My executive team is very diverse, and I make that a priority. I demand it within my team.”

Brewer then added: “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 female, like, levels down. So I’m going to place a call to him.”

The comment caused an uproar on Twitter, with several people calling Brewer’s comments racist towards white men. Yahoo! Finance points out that Brewer’s executive team is made up of eight people, half of whom are white men. But that didn’t stop the angry Twitter mob, which vowed never to spend another dime at the popular big box wholesale retailer.

Several folks took to the Sam’s Club’s Facebook page to voice their outrage.

“As a white male I’m deeply offended by the remarks of your employee,” one person wrote on Sam’s Club’s Facebook page. “We will not be patronizing Sam’s Club until this is corrected.”

“Racism is alive and well in America,” another user wrote. “I will never spend a dime in a Sam’s club!”

Those offended by Brewer’s comments are going to have a tough time shopping, since Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club’s parent company, is standing behind Brewer’s statement.

“For years we’ve asked our suppliers to prioritize the talent and diversity of their sales teams calling on our company,” Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon told Yahoo! Finance.

“Roz was simply trying to reiterate that we believe diverse and inclusive teams make for a stronger business,” he added. “That’s all there is to it, and I support that important ideal.”

Do you see anything wrong with Rosalind’s statements? Are white men wrong for being upset or feeling discriminated against?

  1. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    I did not see anything wrong with what she said. Rosalind Brewer is a CEO with great leadership skills so she noticed there wasn’t diversity with the suppliers right away. This is something most of us notice with upper leadership! These white men are quick to stop supporting businesses over a comment. We should do the same. Any time diversity is mentioned they have a problem with it, oh well!

  2. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    White men, for some reason, are becoming paranoid that they are loosing their power in the world, hence the reason they (white male officers) are going around shooting as many innocent blacks as they can (terrorism!) So no, nothing wrong was said by Sam’s club. What’s wrong with diversity? Shouldn’t everyone have a fair chance at gainful employment? Do the complainers actually know what the real definition of racism is? A couple of definitions are:
    “The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.” and “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.”
    How in the world is wanting diversity in ANY workplace racism? These white folks, I’ll tell ya….

    • December 15, 2015 - Reply

      @FragranceObsessed

      well said, that’s their white privilege being threatened in their eyes, that’s the only reason they are outraged.

  3. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    These white men are weak and terrified, but that’s really nothing new

    • December 15, 2015 - Reply

      @Yurilyte

      We are all on the same page about white men being scared.

  4. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    Kudos to her for bringing this up. It drives me nuts that people think diversity is such a bad word.

  5. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    I was tempted to make a lot of controversial comments, but I won’t go there. Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer has spoken accurate statements. The white men who criticized her refused to see that we live in a society filled with discrimination, sexism, xenophobia, and other injustices. She just wanted the goal of a diverse, qualified, and strong workforce in the company. Her words were not racist or offensive. It is a tactic of white racists to lie and falsely juxtaposed diversity with racism. Fundamentally, we, as black people want a society must better than the current society that we live in today. History has aught us clearly that change never comes by respectability politics, being race neutral, and ignoring real inequalities in our world. Changes come by struggle and by confronting and fighting the current power structure. This is how change come. With the recent epidemic of vandalism and attacks on Muslim mosques by bigots, the complains of these white people are just smoke and mirrors.

    The oligarchy in the Western world is controlled mostly by white males. We want an overthrow of the system of injustice, so a better system can come about. We are tired. We are tired of some people discounting the reality of police brutality and racial injustice. We are tried of gender discrimination and Islamphobia. We are tired of hearing anti-black propaganda from people who don’t know a single thing about Africa. So, we will never be silent. Those white males are just wrong. I am outraged at Tamir Rice’s death, at Rekia Boyd’s death, and at the oppression that black people go through instead of the comments of one black woman (who made great accomplishments). There is nothing wrong with what she has said. This is why we need to set up our infrastructure. This is our land too. Our ancestors worked in this land and we are entitled to justice by birthright and without delay.

    • December 15, 2015 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      Let the church say amen!

      • December 15, 2015 - Reply

        @FragranceObsessed

        Thank you. Sometimes, you just have to preach the Gospel.

        • December 15, 2015 - Reply

          @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          I feel your passion. I’m right there with you

          • December 15, 2015 - Reply

            @FragranceObsessed

            I know. You have shown great, eloquent words too. You and others here inspire me.

            • December 15, 2015 - Reply

              @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

              Ditto!

              • December 15, 2015 - Reply

                @Noirluv45

                Thank you Sister.

              • December 16, 2015 - Reply

                @Noirluv45

                I am about to go for a few hours. Have a Blessed Day Sister.

        • December 15, 2015 - Reply

          @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          Oh, yes, brother, you sure do! Way to go, Truth. You always keep it 100!

          • December 15, 2015 - Reply

            @Noirluv45

            You keep it 100 as well Sister.

        • December 17, 2015 - Reply

          @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          Amen!

          • December 17, 2015 - Reply

            @prosay

            Thank you. Have a Blessed Day.

      • December 15, 2015 - Reply

        @FragranceObsessed

        Amen!

    • December 16, 2015 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      i totally agree with what you’re saying. However, we need to keep in mind that diversity based on gender isn’t necessarily an improvement or even beneficial to minorities. if you replace a lot of white males with lots of white females, it’s not necessary a sign of progress. at the end of the day that white female’s family benefits, which includes his white male husband. so what have we solved?

      • December 16, 2015 - Reply

        @tigerthelion

        Certainly, you are right that white females heavily benefit from affirmative action and other things. White women have white privilege. White privilege must end. So, we should make sure that diversity is egalitarian and fair. That means that we want more women of color to have economic opportunities. Also, any women (regardless of her skin color) should not be oppressed. Racial discrimination and gender discrimination are both evil and wrong. I don’t agree with white racism. Likewise, any woman has the right to her autonomy and to her human rights. We desire the system of racism/white supremacy to end. Solving this problem entails opposing discrimination, it involves advancing a living wage, it involves confronting poverty, and it also is about radical changes in society. Also, I do believe in punishing companies who are involved in racial discrimination against black people. We want black people to live in a just society.

        • December 16, 2015 - Reply

          @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          Let’s see how long Sams Club lasts, if, and when 200,000,000 white Americans stop shopping there.

          Now, that white mothers know, this black racist will be discriminating, against our white sons, and deny them jobs, or fire them, we will be lining up Civil Rights lawyers to take the Racist black Sams Club CEO’s wealth.

          It’s going to hurt. It’s going to hurt real bad, when white flight happens at Racist Anti-white Sams Club, and all the lawsuits coming.

          White people are winning millions suing you Racists. It’s just beginning.

          • December 17, 2015 - Reply

            @Pamela

            The black woman said nothing wrong.

            So, you are wrong on many levels. She wanted a more qualified, diverse amount of workers in Sams Club. Diversity brings insights, unique experiences, and other forms of contributions in the world.

            She is not a racist and this Sister should be treated with dignity and with respect like any black woman should be treated.

            Black people collectively can never deprive white people of jobs, housing, economic rights, etc. at all. So, you have distorted the words of the woman to promote a reactionary agenda. I’m not a racist. This is the beginning of more black people waking up and rejecting the far right agenda that you promote. Most young people aren’t even following your views.

          • December 17, 2015 - Reply

            @Pamela

            I hope you receive the mental health help, that your post is crying out for.

  6. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    This story was featured on News One Now this morning, and I just shook my head. First of all, when White people hear “diversity” they hear “Whites are being excluded” instead of others will be included IN ADDITION to them. They are so arrogant and narcissistic that they believe the world owes them something and that is spins on their axis. It doesn’t. and they better get used to the fact that there is a new America and it includes all colors, shades and hues. If they don’t like it, they can leave. They should either accept that they aren’t going to always be the alpha or omega and that others have a right to live, work, and have their being in this country as well. They need to get over themselves!

    • December 15, 2015 - Reply

      @Noirluv45

      I’m waiting for the onslaught of the racist trolls.

    • December 16, 2015 - Reply

      @Noirluv45

      Life is a zero sum game to white people.

  7. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    I feel they fear losing their power.

  8. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    Black Twitters need to make a hashtag for those that are mad.

  9. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    ms. brewer said nothing wrong. it’s kind of funny that back in the day everything was ok with the white folks when white men would not hire black people. black people still spent their hard earned money in those all white owned and operated businesses.

  10. December 16, 2015 - Reply

    She said absolutely nothing wrong. White people, particularly white men, don’t want to be called out. Ir is problematic in most professions that the higher up middle and upper management the whiter and male dominated it becomes, nobody is making that up it is a fact. All of these people crying about her comment and talking about racism doesn’t A) don’ t know the meaning of racism and B) blinded by their white privilege and entitlement with a heavy dose of patriarchy.

  11. December 16, 2015 - Reply

    She is a Spelman Alumna by the way.

  12. December 16, 2015 - Reply

    “As a white male”… I’m just saying, when a sentence starts off like that…

  13. December 16, 2015 - Reply

    Sometime I feel like blacks should stop talking about whites so much. Let bring the focus back on ourselves.

  14. December 17, 2015 - Reply

    I know that as Americans, we are suppose to take the purchasing power of the 35 million black consumers for granted.
    But I am careful where I spend my money.
    I will be obtaining a Sam Club card because, I now know that they have a CEO that takes my consumer needs into account.
    If you don’t care about my purchasing power, continue to ignore me.

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