ICYMI: GOODYEAR JOINS THE CORPORATE PC CROWD, WON'T ADMIT IT
Earlier this week, you may have heard a dismaying story about Goodyear’s saddeningly-PC diversity training. It seemed pretty outrageous, so we wanted to verify the original story and see how it played out before commenting on it. Turns out, the story was real...Goodyear denied it...but then, it was shown to be true after all. This may not be such a good year for Goodyear.
The original story, reported by WBIW in Topeka, Kansas, was that Goodyear corporate executives at a training session were warning employees during diversity training that, although “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts, face coverings and other accessories were permitted, similar items that said “Blue Lives Matter” or “All Lives Matter” would NOT be allowed and would result in a reprimand. Likewise, any “Trump” or “MAGA” items would be prohibited.
The source of this information was reportedly a photo posted on Twitter of a slide reproduced as a page in the Goodyear company training manual, which comes from their training center in Akron, Ohio. The page had a list of “acceptable” expressions in the workplace that included any “Black Lives Matter (BLM)” or “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)” messaging. But they would have “Zero Tolerance” for “Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, MAGA attire, and Political Affiliated Slogans or Material.”
The photo is included in this story from THE FEDERALIST.
According to THE DAILY CALLER, President Trump was sickened enough by this that he had the Goodyear tires removed from his Presidential limousine and replaced with another brand.
Trump also tweeted, “Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES – they announced a ban on MAGA HATS. Get better tires for far less! (This is what the Radical Left Democrats do. Two can play the same game, and we have to start playing it now!)”
The problem isn't simply that MAGA hats are not allowed, as the company should be able to prohibit electioneering by its employees during working hours inside its own stores. What's "troubling" (to use one of the leftists' favorite words) is the subjectivity, the double standard they've adopted; Black Lives Matter, yes; Blue Lives Matter, no.
It occurs to me that there are a lot of truck drivers rolling on Goodyear tires who might not be buying any more of those for a long time. It’s appropriate that the symbol for the Republican Party is an elephant, because an elephant never forgets. And the story gets worse.
Goodyear denied the reports of this discriminatory training. They put out a statement on Wednesday saying that the slide did not come from their corporate headquarters and that it was not part of their diversity training class. I would note the weasel-ly nature of this statement: They said they “ask that associates refrain from expressions in support of political campaigning for any candidate or political party, as well as similar forms of advocacy that FALL OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF RACIAL JUSTICE AND EQUITY ISSUES.” (Emphasis mine.) They seemed to be trying to let themselves off the hook for permitting BLM and LGBT slogans while prohibiting others. (If "Blue Lives Matter" isn't within the scope of "equity" issues right now, I don't know what is.)
They also denied that they are anti-police, saying that at Goodyear, “we have the utmost appreciation for the vital work police do on behalf of our shared communities. This can’t be said strongly enough.”
That part is true...they haven’t come close to saying it strongly enough.
Oh, but here’s the kicker: on Thursday, after their denial, an audio recording leaked of that very training session. And, lo and behold, it does back up the original story about what’s permitted and what is not.
Here are the words of the unidentified executive, saved for posterity: “If any associate wears ‘All,’ ‘Blue,’ ‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirts or face coverings, that will not be appropriate...The rules now around what you can wear, let’s try and comply with these so that you know everybody feels good in this factory...I want to make sure, guys, think about what we do.”
But, hey, it’s okay to wear your support of Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ issues. As the executive says, “Some people may wish to express their views on social justice or inequality issues such as Black Lives Matter or LGBTQ pride on their face coverings, shirts or wristbands. THAT WILL BE DEEMED APPROVED [emphasis mine] because it applies with a zero tolerance stance.”
So, they have zero tolerance for what? All lives mattering?
If they were to have a zero tolerance policy against potentially divisive social/political messages in general –- which would be even-handed and might be sensible –- then NONE of this type of expression would be permitted in the workplace. But to make an exception just for Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ is to single out the others for censorship and condemnation. For some reason, we’ve had to go along with the idea that Black Lives Matter –- not just the phrase but the organization that adopted it –- is exempt from the slightest pushback, which would, of course, be...racist! Why, Black Lives Matter protests are even immune from the virus --- we know this because rioters aren’t required to wear masks and “distance” the way we are when we're sitting quietly in church, spaced six feet apart in the pews, dutifully wearing our masks.
Goodyear wants to make sure “everybody feels good” in their factory? Well, here’s something I’d like to ask them: How about the employee whose family member works on the police force or maybe was even killed in the line of duty? How is Goodyear’s policy going to make THAT person feel? And how about the employee who really believes “ALL lives matter” is an important statement to make but has been bullied into silence by other employees who are free to speak their minds?
Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia tweeted: “Hey, Goodyear – the people that nearly beat a man to death in Portland the other night weren’t wearing blue lives matter shirts or MAGA hats. The Left is ruining this country.”
Sadly, the left has ruined the laudable sentiment that “black lives matter" by enabling it to be co-opted by a violent Marxist organization. Thanks to them, it is now a strong anti-capitalist and anti-Trump political statement. It had better not be allowed at polling places, as it should be considered politicking every bit as much as a MAGA hat is. And it shouldn’t be permitted for Goodyear employees if other political views are not tolerated as well.
Ha, it just occurred to me, what if a Goodyear employee showed up to work wearing a hat that said "BLACK FETUSES MATTER"? His poor supervisor's head would explode.
UPDATE --- FRIDAY MORNING
After the White House urged Goodyear to “clarify” their policy...
...Goodyear issued another statement Thursday clarifying its position on what employees can and cannot wear at work. Rich Kramer, president and CEO of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., said this, in part.
“Goodyear does not endorse any political organization, party or candidate. We have a longstanding corporate policy that asks associates to refrain from workplace expressions in support of any candidate or political party. Goodyear strongly supports our law enforcement partners and deeply appreciates all they do to put their lives on the line each and every day for our communities.”
He also said that Goodyear will be allowing employees to wear attire that supports law enforcement but will not allow them to express support for any political candidates while on the job.
Well...good. As it should have been in the first place. It would be a shame if we had to keep going round and round with Goodyear on something this basic.
MY SHOW MONOLOGUE
Well this week, I watched the Democrat Convention so you didn’t have to. Of course, maybe you WANTED to watch it. If so, we’ll find an 800 number you can call and get help.
It was 4 nights of like watching a zoom call of an insurance seminar trying to sell dental insurance to meth-heads who didn’t have any teeth. After it was over there was one clear message—they don’t like President Trump. Not even a little bit. But the other clear message was that they didn’t really seem to like Joe Biden either. In many of the big speeches by their biggest personalities, little was mentioned of Joe. Other than an occasional and obligatory acknowledgment that he was the guy running AGAINST President Trump and several references to his being a nice guy, he wasn’t referred to a whole lot. If the Democrats had a vision for America, they kept it better concealed than the 80 million lawful gun owners of the country keep their guns hidden since the Democrats have made it clear they’d love to take those guns from us. Their convention had a recurring theme, in the same way, one has a recurring migraine, or a recurring bout of nausea-they can’t stand Donald Trump.
They were creative in why they don’t like him. Mostly stuff about his abrasive NY personality, his willingness to fight back when ruthlessly attacked, unlike the wimpish Republicans the country is used to seeing who at the first hint of a battle, tucked tail and ran. Trump doesn’t just fight back but does it with force. So why did even some Republicans go to their own little zoom cams to trash the 45th President? Jealousy? Hurt feelings? Somewhat. But a lot of it is simpler than that. It’s money. Elite, establishment Republicans have lived in DC for decades, whether in or out of power. And gotten rich doing it. Trump came in and has really messed up the game. He doesn’t depend on them; doesn’t do things the good ol’ boy way that kept them all employed in either government, media, or think-tank jobs, and had the audacity to fight for the folks the elites of neither party ever cared about except to get their votes—the working-class men and women of America whose jobs were lost to China or Mexico and whose country was sold out to Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Wall Street, or DC lobbyists.
What the Democrats didn’t do was lay out what they would actually do if given the power. But they have already told us during the debates, in their platform, and in their speeches to their activists. They WILL raise your taxes—a LOT. They will open our borders and look the other way when people enter illegally and then want YOU to pay for their education, healthcare, and housing even while they take your job. They want to defund the police and replace them with social workers and empower those who riot and loot our major cities like abused wives who stay with their abuser. They WILL allow abortion for any reason at any time, regardless of if the baby is an innocent person, and they want YOU to fund the destruction of it. They do want to get rid of our natural energy sources of oil, coal, and gas which means your electric bill, gas bill, and cost of gasoline will likely triple. And they will tell you where your kids can and cannot go to school even if the school and your child is failing.
I was hoping that the Democrats would at least try to tell us what they would do FOR America, but they didn’t. They only told us what would do TO America, and that they sure don’t like Donald Trump!
But I actually like the guy. He’s nothing like the media has portrayed him. I’ve known him for about 12 years and he’s actually very down to earth and incredibly funny with a great sense of humor.