Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer appeared on CNN with Poppy Harlow the other day to talk about the exciting, innovative ideas she had to make America’s favorite discount grocer more profitable in the years to come. Oh wait, no, she was there to tout her greatest achievement – being a black female in the corporate world.
The interview began with Harlow – a white woman – lavishing Brewer with praise typically reserved for saints and heroes. She asked Brewer what could be done to make sure there were “more women like you in the higher echelons of corporate America.”
“It has to start with top leadership,” said Brewer. “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. You have to speak up and speak out and I try to use my platform for that to remind people, I try to set an example.”
Harlow was fascinated. “In hiring, do you demand it, when you’re hiring for the top spots?”
“Absolutely,” said Brewer. “And not only that, 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.”
Harlow could barely contain her gasp. The entire other side of the table?!
Brewer chose not to embarrass her supplier in the meeting, but she assured Harlow that she would not let this injustice go without remark. “I’m gonna place a call to him,” she said, miraculously resisting the urge to drop a cryptic wink.
Such is life in 2015’s version of America. After decades of indoctrination, mainstream corporate CEOs have no shame whatsoever in coming on television to tell the world that championing gender and racial diversity is part of their job description. And no one even bats an eye. That’s how far down this road we’ve come.
But why stop with race and gender? If we’re going to pass over qualified white men to hire less qualified blacks and females, should we not make sure other superficial characteristics are fully represented? How many fat people are on the Sam’s Club board of directors? Can we be sure that we’re getting full diversity of thought in corporate America if there are no dwarves in the boardroom?
When push comes to shove, forced diversity falls flat. When companies hire individuals based on anything other than their merit, they are intentionally sabotaging their own worth.
Instead of working to eliminate discrimination, liberals have simply turned the tables. Racial and gender discrimination is still alive and well – the only difference is that the target of that discrimination has changed. Not only is this bad news for white men who want to work their way up the ladder, it’s bad news for shareholders, customers, and anyone else who wants America to have a strong economy.