Lowes Hardware Store racist?

by kessmcrae on October 20, 2015 - 5:51am

Kess McRae

Monday, October 19, 2015

Summary #2

 

            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.

 

Response

            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.

 

 

Reference

-        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.

Comments

I personally find this article very interesting. I do know that a lot of people today are still racist, but the fact that they will still show their racism is funny to me. Today we live in a society control by mass media and everything can be seen or heard from there. If people are going to be racist, in today’s society they have to keep it to themselves. I think the customer was extremely wrong for doing this, and believe that the manager of the Lowes hardware store that accepted the customer’s racism, should get some sort of punishment. There is the saying that the customer is always right but there has to be a limit to that. I think the manager should have had Bradley’s back and either told the customer to either accept that it will be a black delivery man or just buy her items elsewhere. I think the vice president of Lowes did a proper apology in this type of situation. A lot of times the employee would most likely only get a letter from the president. How the V.P. actually travelled to Bradley’s home to apologize for the events that took place, really showed to Bradley and the other employees that Lowes cares for their employees.

We can all agree that racism is an ongoing issue in our North American culture. I do believe it is important to address racial issues in the media because it's an ongoing problem around the globe. Many times racism, discrimination or profiling is expressed by people who have no ill intentions towards other groups of people. Just as you stated, “but this happened in Virginia that’s the deep south and the south enjoy their racism” this comment may suggest that you believe the south does actually enjoy racism despite having an extremely diverse population, despite the fact that racism occurs all over the continent. Despite the fact that the south had brutal ways to deal with multi-culturalism, it is unfair to judge an entire population such as the southern United States to enjoy racial tensions nearly 50 years after the Civil Rights Movements. However, according to the deontological belief and universal moral maxim of accepting all peoples, even if some individuals find the comments of a person to be discriminatory towards a said group, that person is acting morally if it does not hold any ill intentions to that group. It may seem ridiculous to people exposed to multi-ethnic populations as ourselves, but is possible that the woman in Virginia did not believe she was being racist towards Mr. Bradley. Same as you are probably not a racist person and hold no ill intention to the Americans of the South. Mr. Bradley acted very morally according to the moral maxim of acceptance by understanding that those are her beliefs.

We can all agree that racism is an ongoing issue in our North American culture. I do believe it is important to address racial issues in the media because it's an ongoing problem around the globe. Many times racism, discrimination or profiling is expressed by people who have no ill intentions towards other groups of people. Just as you stated, “but this happened in Virginia that’s the deep south and the south enjoy their racism” this comment may suggest that you believe the south does actually enjoy racism despite having an extremely diverse population, despite the fact that racism occurs all over the continent. Despite the fact that the south had brutal ways to deal with multi-culturalism, it is unfair to judge an entire population such as the southern United States to enjoy racial tensions nearly 50 years after the Civil Rights Movements. However, according to the deontological belief and universal moral maxim of accepting all peoples, even if some individuals find the comments of a person to be discriminatory towards a said group, that person is acting morally if it does not hold any ill intentions to that group. It may seem ridiculous to people exposed to multi-ethnic populations as ourselves, but is possible that the woman in Virginia did not believe she was being racist towards Mr. Bradley. Same as you are probably not a racist person and hold no ill intention to the Americans of the South. Mr. Bradley acted very morally according to the moral maxim of acceptance by understanding that those are her beliefs.

I am responding to this post because the title truly caught my eye. Reading the title I had an idea as to what this article was about. And after reading a summary of it, it was worse than I expected. I could not believe that someone would actually and specifically ask for a white driver and still think she has the right to be racist in some way. What shocks me even more is that no one at the store Bradley worked at defended him or helped him. It is good though that the president of the company directly apologized to Bradley in person. It is also good to note that Bradley was humble and did not get angry over this. But that does not mean this is no longer an issue. Racism is still very much an issue in the world and the companies that do not try to solve this in their own place is sad to see. This woman who wanted a white driver should be punished for her words and actions even if Bradley was used to it or did not mind very much. I personally believe that everyone is equal regardless of who they are or their skin color. It was in the 20th century that African Americans and other minorities were allowed to work and were no longer controlled by white people. My question right now would be, what will it take for people of racist beliefs to be no longer blinded by sheer racism and to learn that everyone is equal regardless of their skin color?

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