Lowes Hardware Store racist?
by kessmcrae on October 20, 2015 - 5:51am
Monday, October 19, 2015
In the article, “Lowe’s delivery halted after customer requests white driver” written by john Hadden, in north Carolina a Lowes home improvement is under the light of some controversy when the manager of a Virginia based Lowes pulled back a black delivery man from delivering his assigned order because the customer demanded that a white delivery man deliver it. Bradley, the deliver man who got pulled back from the delivery of course thought the demand was outrageous and expected his company to support him but to his surprise they did not. A global news reporter was able to confront the unnamed customer at her home and according to her she regrets nothing that was said and she has the right to want whatever she wants. A statement was released by Lowes vice president saying that what happened was in violation of the company’s “diversity and inclusion core values”. The vice president travelled to Bradley’s home in Danville to personally apologize. Bradley’s says that he holds no hard feelings towards the woman, he says that that’s life and people are everywhere are going to believe in different things and we need to not let it stop our lives.
In my opinion this whole situation is appalling to me, it’s the 21st century I strongly believe that people who still hold racist beliefs are ignorant and terrible people. Especially in a situation like the one in this article, why is it such a big deal that it’s a black deliveryman or a white one? All the man is going to do is drop off a package and leave. This woman definitely has a white supremacy mind set, but this happened in Virginia that’s the deep south and the south enjoy their racism, so honestly I’m sure similar situation have occurred before but have never been brought to light like this one has. . According to Jared Diamond, we need to stop the arbitrary system of classifying races. This woman has the mind set that the black race is lower than hers based on non-scientifically beliefs of ignorance. There are no real ways to stop racism in our world, beliefs are more powerful than anything, and a person cannot be swayed. Especially in the United States were racism is one of the biggest conflicts in the country.
- Diamond, J. (1994, November 4). Race without color. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
- “Lowe’s Delivery Halted after Customer Requests White Driver." Global News Lowes Delivery Halted after Customer Requests White Driver. 12 Aug. 2015. Web. 19 Oct. 2015.