CEO Rosalind Brewer, has created a furor over comments she made to CNN’s Poppy Harlow in a recent interview that reveal the first female and first black top executive at the national retail chain actively discriminates.

Although Doug McMillon, president of WalMart Stores Inc., which owns Sam’s Club, released a statement in support of Ms. Brewer, her revelations have engendered angry responses and Facebook posts threatening boycotts.

In her first interview with a national media outlet as CEO of Sam's Club, the nation’s eighth largest retail outlet, Brewer said that she intended to “place a call” to talk with a supplier after an executive meeting in which she noted that “the entire other side of the table was all Caucasian males.”

Brewer told CNN that she “decided not to talk about it directly with his folks in the room because there were actually no female, like, levels down,” opting for the phone call instead.

She said Sam’s Club suppliers are urged “to prioritize the talent and diversity of their sales teams.”

Sam’s Club members, angered by the evident racial and gender bias that strongly suggested discrimination, called for a boycott of the chain until Brewer apologizes publicly or is fired.

After angry customer reaction lit up the “Twitter-verse” and internet via social media posts, McMillon attempted to characterize Brewer’s comments as mere support for the retailer’s commitment to diversity.

One tweet read, “#BoycottRacistSamsClub because black CEO #RosalindBrewer is anti-white. As a white person, I no longer feel safe at @SamsClub or @Walmart.”

Another underscored the disconnect between the black CEO and white customers: #BoycottRacistSamsClub because, if the CEO is uncomfortable around white executives, how about the white customer?”

“Roz [Brewer] 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.”

Brewer started her corporate career as a chemist, spending 22 years at Kimberly-Clark Corporation before taking the helm at Wal-Mart in 2006, her first foray into the retail industry.



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