Uber’s chief brand officer Bozoma Saint John told CNN on Sunday that she wants white men to recognize that a bunch of white guys working together in an office is a problem which they need to fix.
Bozoma Saint John, Uber’s chief brand officer, called on white men to help diversify their workplaces.
"I want white men to look around in their office and say, 'Oh look, there's a lot of white men here. Let's change this.'"
— CNN (@CNN) March 12, 2018
“I want white men to look around in their office and say, ‘Oh look, there’s a lot of white men here. Let’s change this,'” Saint John said at the SXSW festival on Sunday.
Saint John said the onus should not be on people of color to improve diversity at work: “Why do I — as the black woman — have to fix that? There’s 50 of you, there’s one of me. Ya’ll fix it. … Everybody else needs to make the noise — I want white men to make the noise.”
Wait, I thought white people weren’t supposed to act as “white saviors”?
Also, as men, aren’t they not supposed to treat women as “damsels in distress” needing to be saved?
Here’s some of the top reactions from Twitter:
Nah. This is simply racist. If they are better workers, sure hire them but NOT because of skin color
— Jeff Pytlewski (@jspytlewski) March 12, 2018
The retardation of America continues
— Anthony Vincent (@tonyvincentsr) March 12, 2018
That is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard
— Trish D (@PatriciaDameron) March 12, 2018
How about white men look around and assess whether Merit was used for hiring and promotions!?
— Flag Flying Patriot (@IndeCardio) March 12, 2018
I've worked somewhere where I was the only white man. Can you imagine the uproar had I said "let's change that."? Qualification > Colour/Gender
— Philippe Parent (@Philster_) March 12, 2018