Posted on January 12, 2024

Johns Hopkins’ Diversity Chief Labels Whites, Males and Christians as ‘Privileged’

Patrick Reilly, New York Post, January 11, 2024

A diversity chief at Johns Hopkins Medicine sent a “monthly diversity digest” email to staff with a letter that declared all white people, Christians and men are “privileged.”

Dr. Sherita Hill Golden, chief diversity officer for the hospital system, also included “heterosexuals” and English speakers in the “privileged” category in her missive to all staff.

Under a section titled “Diversity is the word of the Month,” Golden defined privilege as “a set of unearned benefits given to people who are in a specific social group” that operates on “personal, interpersonal, cultural and institutional levels.”

She provided a list of privileged social groups, which included white people, able-bodied people, heterosexuals, cisgender people, males, Christians, middle- or owning-class people, middle-aged people and English-speaking people.

“{snip} People in dominant groups often believe they have earned the privileges they enjoy or that everyone could have access to these privileges if only they worked to earn them,” she added in the letter.


The diversity statement was blasted on social media by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who tweeted, “This must end!”