SAM’s Club CEO Racist, Discriminates Against White Men-Opinion!

SAM’s Club CEO Racist, Discriminates Against White Men-Opinion!

Summary of eRumor:
Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer talked about the importance of diversity in an interview, and some have questioned whether her comments were racist toward white men.
The Truth:
Some have formed the opinion that SAM’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer is racist because of comments she made about diversity in an interview with CNN.
During the interview, CNN’s Poppy Harlow asked SAM’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer, who is a black woman, about diversity among company executives. Here’s a transcript of the exchange:

Harlow: You are a rarity in the corner office in America. It’s something that so many people want to see changed. Not only are you a female CEO, you are a minority CEO. Where do you fall on who has to make the change and how it’s going to happen so that there are more women like you represented in the top echelons on corporate America.

Brewer: I totally agree with you. It starts with the top of many companies. It starts with top leadership. I can tell you that even with myself, I have to live it also. My executive team is very diverse, and I make it a priority. I demand it of my team within the structure, and 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. I’ve mentored many women inside the company and outside the company because I think it’s important.

Harlow: And in hiring, do you demand that when you’re hiring for the top spots?

Brewer: Absolutely. 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 male. That was interesting.

Harlow: What did you say?

Brewer: I decided not to talk about it directly with his folks in the room. But there were actually no females like levels down, so I’m going to place a call to him.

Top Right News ran a story on the interview headlined, “Sam’s Club CEO Admits She Discriminates Against White Males… But It’s OK Because She’s Black.” The story was shared more than 10,000 times and many readers sounded off in the comments section. One person commented:

She is the dictionary definition of a prejudiced, racist bigot. But she’s a female of color so her prejudiced, bigoted racism is, like, totally OK.

Another person on the other side of the argument commented:

You’re adorable! I love how you demonize minorities who gain power and then use it like white people!