Apple’s diversity chief is stepping down after only six months on the job — after causing an outcry by saying that being a minority or a woman are not the only criteria for diversity, reports The New York Post.
Denise Young Smith, who was named vice president of diversity and inclusion in May, said at the One Young World Summit in Bogotá, Colombia last month that:
There can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blond men in a room and they’re going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation.
Diversity is the human experience. I get a little bit frustrated when diversity or the term diversity is tagged to the people of color, or the women, or the LGBT.She, of course, apologized for her reality-based remarks, telling the Apple staff that they “were not representative of how I think about diversity or how Apple sees it.”
“For that, I’m sorry,” she said in an email. “More importantly, I want to assure you Apple’s view and our dedication to diversity has not changed.”
The 20-year Apple veteran will leave the company at the end of the year, TechCrunch reports.
Taking over as VP of inclusion and diversity will be Christie Smith, who looks to be a winner in limiting diversity to politically correct groups. She says her parents were feminists the 1960s:
Growing up in the suburbs of New York in the 1960s and 1970s with feminist parents, the dinner table conversation with them and my seven siblings often centered on social justice, service, faith, prejudice, and action.-RW