Sam’s Club, a discount warehouse store owned by Wal-Mart, could be criticized for any number of things, including huge job cuts, poor employee conditions, or its willingness to sell you a barrel of Jack Daniels. The thing people are choosing to criticize the company for is much, much more stupid.
“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,” she said.
“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] in the room because there were actually no females, like, levels down. So I’m going to place a call to him.”
Out of that quote blossomed the hashtags #boycottsamsclub and #boycottracistsamsclub because top is bottom and outside is inside and America is the spit inside a dentist’s spit tube (going down the drain!).
“For years, we’ve asked our suppliers to prioritize the talent and diversity of their sales teams calling on our company,” said Wal-Mart President and CEO Doug McMillon in a clarifying statement, although that he would even feel the need to make a clarifying statement is beyond me.
“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.”
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