Progressive Regressive: The Progressive CEO indicates that a person’s perspective is determined by race and gender

Progressive Regressive: The Progressive CEO indicates that a person’s perspective is determined by race and gender

Mayfield Village, Ohio – Progressive Corporation CEO Tricia Griffith today defended the company’s “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” (DEI) policies by saying the opinions of individual customers can be assumed and predicted by selecting someone who looks like them to represent them.

Ethan Peck

At Progressive’s annual meeting of shareholders, held today in Mayfield Village, Ohio, Free Enterprise Project (FEP) associate Ethan Peck asked the board how he “could justify valuing the characteristics surface over merit” and why he prioritizes “skin color and reproductive organs” when hiring employees.

In response, Griffith claimed that for the company to fully understand its customers, it needed to hire employees proportional to the racial and gender demographics of its consumer base.

“We have a very clear vision to become the number one choice for consumers and agents,” she said. “To do this, we must anticipate and understand our customers. So we have to reflect our customers. We believe it is very important to have a fair and inclusive work environment, to reflect the customers we serve and that our leaders reflect the people they lead. We believe that “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” is an important part of our growth and the right thing to do. »

Peck then went on to ask, “You said you had to ‘mirror your customers.’ Are you saying people with a certain skin color all think a certain way?”

“Nope!” replied Griffith. “We have to be able to represent that. You can’t put yourself in someone else’s shoes if you don’t have a representative organization that represents the country as a whole…. You could never know what it’s like to be a woman; I could never feel what it’s like to be a man, so we have to represent everyone.

After the meeting, EFF staff expressed disbelief at Griffith’s assumption that members of different groups based on race and gender think alike.

Scott Shepard

Scott Shepard

“The Progressive board has made a shockingly racist and sexist admission,” said FEP director Scott Shepard. “The answer to our question, and especially the follow-up, reveals that Progressive’s senior management not only believe that all band members think the same way, but that band members with superficial characteristics can’t even understand how members of other groups think.. The idea that only a white person can sell insurance to white people, or women to women, is the most blatant form of reductive racism and sexism. The progressive deserves better leaders – and wiser.

Peck agreed, responding:

This is why enlightened people do not believe in freedom of expression. Because they see everything through the lens of group identity and power, they don’t believe that anything can be communicated effectively between groups. It’s an incredibly regressive and divisive worldview.

Centuries ago the West understood that the ultimate minority is the individual and that we must transcend our tribal leanings to treat each individual accordingly. Progressive is using shareholder money to help undo this centuries-old progress.

Investors wishing to oppose racial discrimination and other “woke” policies infiltrating Corporate America should download FEP’s 2022 editions of the “Investor Value Voter Guide” and “Balancing the Boardroom” guide. Other action items for investors and non-investors can be found on FEP’s website.

Today’s meeting marks the 31st time the FEP has attended or attempted to attend a
so far in 2022. To schedule an interview with a member of the Free Enterprise Project on this or other issues, contact Jenny Kefauver at 703-850-3533 or [email protected].

Launched in 2007, the National Center’s Free Enterprise Project focuses on shareholder activism and the confluence of big government and big business. In the past four years alone, FEP representatives have attended more than 100 shareholder meetings – advancing free market ideals on health care, energy, taxes, subsidies, regulations, religious freedom, food policies, media bias, gun rights, workers’ rights and other important public policy issues. As the leading voice of conservative investors, she files more than 90% of all centre-right shareholder resolutions each year. However, dozens of liberal organizations file more than 95% of all policy-oriented shareholder resolutions each year and continue to exert undue influence on corporate America.

The activity of the EFF was covered by the media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Variety, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Drudge Report, Business Insider, National Public Radio and SiriusXM. FEP’s work features prominently in Stephen Soukup’s new book The Dictatorship of Woke Capital: How Political Correctness Captured Big Business (Encounter Books) and the 2016 book by Kimberley Strassel The bully game: How the left is silencing free speech (Hachette Book Group).

The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a nonpartisan, liberal, and independent conservative think tank. Ninety-four percent of its support comes from individuals, less than four percent from foundations and less than two percent from corporations. It receives more than 350,000 people contributions per year from over 60,000 recent active contributors.

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