New England Patriots Owner Under Fire For Discriminatory ‘BIPOC’ Job Requirement

ZipRecruiter removes job posting for position that aimed to 'diversify the future of the sports and entertainment management'
Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, arrives for the morning session of the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Wednesday, July 6, 2016.
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Billionaire Robert Kraft’s company, best known for owning the New England Patriots, is under fire for a job posting that appears to discriminate against white applicants on the basis of their race.

The Kraft Group, a holding company that owns the Patriots, the New England Revolution soccer team, and Gillette Stadium where both play, posted a job listing for a Sports Management Associate position that lists having a non-white racial background as a qualification, specifying that it’s looking for a “BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Person of Color)” individual.

“The goal of this program is to diversify the future of the sports and entertainment management industry by providing opportunity and access to BIPOC candidates connected to the New England community,” the job posting reads.

The Kraft Group claims in the same job posting that it is an “equal opportunity employer” that evaluates applicants “without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.”

The job listing was posted to ZipRecruiter, which told The Dallas Express that it violated the platform’s terms of use and would be removed.

“We’re in the process of removing the job posting,” the platform explained. “ZipRecruiter has an established Trust & Safety team and Job Quality team that review listings on accounts that are brought to their attention via a system flag or job seeker complaint.”

The Kraft Group did not respond to a request for comment.

The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission explains that “it is illegal to discriminate against someone (applicant or employee) because of that person’s race.” It also points out that “it is illegal for an employer to publish a job advertisement that shows a preference for or discourages someone from applying for a job because of his or her race, color, religion, sex.”

The Kraft Group is far from the only company that has discriminated against white people in the name of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). A “diversity internship” at NASCAR banned white applicants on the basis of their race and was called “blatantly illegal” by one lawyer, an investigation from The Daily Wire revealed. NASCAR removed the racial eligibility requirement following the report from The Daily Wire.

Anti-white discrimination has also become commonplace throughout the tech industry, with companies applying racially biased selection criteria to internships and career advancement programs. Tech companies IBM and Oracle, both of which hosted internship programs that excluded both white and Asian applicants on the basis of their race.

Apple hosted entrepreneur training programs that are only open to companies with leaders who are women or who are not white or Asian, an investigation from The Daily Wire previously reported. Microsoft even bragged in a diversity report that it pays white employees less than non-white employees who have the same job title in the name of pay equity.

Other well-known companies, including Best Buy, Liberty Mutual, US Bank, and Bayer Pharmaceuticals, participated in career advancement training programs from McKinsey and Company that banned white employees on the basis of their race.

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