Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez effortlessly fired back at the CEO of Wells Fargo bank after he claimed there is a lack of "Black talent" that the bank could recruit from.
Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf wrote a memo to staff in June, according to Reuters, as protests broke out following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. The memo explained the bank had trouble reaching diversity goals because there was not enough qualified minority talent.
"While it might sound like an excuse, the unfortunate reality is that there is a very limited pool of Black talent to recruit from," Scharf said in the memo.
On Wednesday, AOC retweeted this quote and shot back almost jokingly, but with a crucial underlying message: “Perhaps it’s the CEO of Wells Fargo who lacks the talent to recruit Black workers.”
Perhaps it’s the CEO of Wells Fargo who lacks the talent to recruit Black workers. https://t.co/CI7CRriU3i
Ocasio-Cortez was not the only person to hit out against this ridiculous statement, some on Twitter calling for the CEO to be removed because of the statement, as well as to boycott of the bank.
There simply was no lack of talent: "I can get them 10 to 15 resumes today," a Wells Fargo employees told Reuters.
Others were not so surprised, “Wells-Fargo hasn't exactly been the paragon of virtue in their business practices. Why would we expect them to show integrity in hiring?” one user wrote. The Wells Fargo account fraud scandal has been well-documented.
This is not the first time the progressive congresswoman from New York has called out a bank. And probably won’t be in the last.