Johns Hopkins Medicine chief diversity officer resigns after backlash over defining 'privilege'

 March 7, 2024

An extraordinary woke executive at Johns Hopkins Medicine is no longer employed after she resigned over a controversial writing that sparked a major backlash. 

According to The Baltimore Sun, Dr. Sherita Golden, the institution's chief diversity officer, has resigned in the wake of defining the word "privilege" in the most racist and asinine way possible.

The bizarre and ridiculous definition of the word was published in a January newsletter from the institution, which immediately caused backlash that would lead to her departure.

The word "privilege" was defined by the diversity officer as she decided it was the "word of the month" at the prestigious medical institution.

What did she say?

Golden created the new definition of the word according to the most woke possible standards imaginable, writing that it meant "a set of unearned benefits given to people who are in a specific social group."

Absolutely unsurprisingly, she defined those "social groups" as "white people, heterosexuals, cisgender people, men and Christians," among others.

The Baltimore Sun noted:

Republican politicians and conservative media outlets seized the email as an example that diversity, equity and inclusion work is discrimination paid for with tax dollars. U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, Maryland’s only Republican congressman, described the diversity memo as racist and called for Golden’s termination.

Taking due credit for her ultimate resignation is the X account called "End Wokeness." The account received viral attention after posting the email, titled a "privilege hit list," which it received via an unidentified leak.

Golden's email received attention from the likes of Elon Musk and Donald Trump Jr. before finally building enough pressure to force her out of the position.

But she didn't mean it!

Golden had apologized in January for her stupid and racist definition of the word, releasing a statement to that effect.

"The intent of the newsletter is to inform and support an inclusive community at Hopkins, but the language of this definition clearly did not meet that goal," Golden wrote. "In fact, because it was overly simplistic and poorly worded, it had the opposite effect of being exclusionary and hurtful to members of our community."

We'd say nice try, but it wasn't even that.

She clearly knew what she was writing and probably didn't expect it to go mega-viral. Thankfully, it did, and thankfully, she's gone.

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