Target sued over ludicrously racist training document

Categories: Racism, Target
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The document pointed out that not all Hispanics eat tacos.
Three Latino ex-Target employees are suing the company for discrimination and retaliation, in part because of a preposterously racist training document that officials acknowledge was used at one distribution center.

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The training document was meant to help managers deal with "Hispanic" employees.

Here, via Courthouse News, is what it said:
"This document instructs managers to note differences among Hispanic employees, and states the following:

a. Food: not everyone eats tacos and burritos;
b. Music: not everyone dances to salsa;
c. Dress: not everyone wears a sombrero;
d. Mexicans (lower education level, some may be undocumented);
e. Cubans (Political refugees, legal status, higher education level); and
f. They may say 'OK, OK' and pretend to understand, when they do not, just to save face."
In a statement, Target apologized for the document:
It is never Target's intent to offend our team members or guests and we apologize. The content of the document referenced is not representative of who Target is. We strive at all times to be a place where our team and guests feel welcome, valued and respected. This document, which was used during conversations at one distribution center, was never part of any formal or company-wide training. We take accountability for its contents and are truly sorry.
-- h/t: Slate --

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samharper
samharper

Dustin E.:  I'm stuck on your phrase "the homosexual bigotry card."  I guess "the race card" now has an uppity gay cousin, thanks to you!  Good work!  But I think Gaga had a valid motivation:  Target financially supported anti-gay rights politicians.  So why do you classify the people who shared her objection as "fucking lemmings"?  Hey, here's a comment you also wrote on a manly (context!) YouTube weightlifting video: "So what are you waiting for?  Put up a video, you pussy.  Also, 550 once isn't quite the same as 545 for 8.  But we'll overlook that fact because you're homosexual."  Damn!  Can I play the homosexual bigotry card on your blatant, anti-gay put-down for double the prejudice points?  One last thing: That Target memo is racist on its face, and Target apologized for it.  Just like Target apologized for their donation to MN Forward.  Can you think of someone else who should apologize???  Yes, you!!!  But if that's impossible for you to do, then I suppose "we'll overlook that fact because you're homosexual."  Your words, not mine.

laxx1559
laxx1559

I expected this type of thing to come from Walmart! You really let me down Target, I expected more of you...

undergroundmigration
undergroundmigration

No no you guys, they're saying NOT everyone wears a sombrero..It's not racist.

Kathleen Mostrom Lehman
Kathleen Mostrom Lehman

Well, Target, you'd better get busy firing some people. I wanna see heads rolling through the aisles over this one. If the hatchet is put to Paula Deen's head over 'one remark', what good for her is good for those responsible for this faux pas as well. Don't forget to splash the pics of those responsible for the document all over creation so you can absolutely ruin their professional careers!

mrblaq
mrblaq

lu·di·crous

/ˈlo͞odəkrəs/Adjective
So foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing.


I didn't realize racism is now funny, CityPages.

Dustin Eilertsen
Dustin Eilertsen

Lady Gaga pulled out the homosexual bigotry card and all the same fucking lemmings jumped aboard. Target is a good company and does as well, in regards to human rights, as any Fortune 500 company can. I'm sure that the douchebag sensationalist that wrote this article took it out of context, in some form or another. Go to Walmart if you disagree with me. Stock up on birth control while you're at it, please.

Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson

You're all a bunch of pussies if you're offended by this.

Kevin Thompson
Kevin Thompson

I went to target yesterday, bought some gatorades, only has 2 low calorie flavor, racists

Bubba Silva
Bubba Silva

Don Julio!! El Joe El Kevin El Del is el blanco diablo

kev4x100
kev4x100

I sounds like they have a sense of humor about things in trying to say don't go by stereotypes.

Arkadi
Arkadi

@Kathleen Mostrom Lehman Considering that Target isn't a television personality who sells her likability just as much as her product...I'd say you're comparing apples and oranges here.

I mean, racism is racism, but you can't say that Target and Food Network are in identical situations.

samharper
samharper

My reply is above -- in more ways than one!

qwer
qwer

@Sharon Elizabeth Rossi I didn't know Target could feel things. Have you asked it to express its feelings?

Arkadi
Arkadi

@qwer "Corporations are people too, my friend."

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