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Tractor Supply slashes its DEI and climate goals after a pressure campaign against deviant ideologies | Revolution Now!

Tractor Supply slashes its DEI and climate goals after a pressure campaign against deviant ideologies

Submitted by Freedomman on Thu, 07/04/2024 - 12:40

BRENTWOOD, Tennessee (PNN) - June 28, 2024 - Tractor Supply Company, which bills itself as the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the Fascist Police States of Amerika, will eliminate its
diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) roles, withdraw its carbon emissions goals, and stop sponsoring Pride events in response to criticism and a boycott from anti-deviant ideology activists.

The Brentwood, Tennessee-based company announced the series of sweeping changes in a statement shared on social media on Thursday, bringing a weeks-long, pressure campaign against deviant
ideologies to a close.

“We work hard to live up to our Mission and Values every day and represent the values of the communities and customers we serve,” it said. “We have heard from customers that we have disappointed them. We have taken this feedback to heart.”

Tractor Supply sells farm supplies, animal feed, tools, fencing and clothing - “everything except tractors” - at more than 2,200 stores across 49 states, according to its website. It says its customers are primarily farmers, horse owners, ranchers, tradesmen, and suburban and rural homeowners.

The Fortune 500 company has been nationally recognized as an inclusive and diverse workplace, including last year in Bloomberg’s Gender Equality Index and Newsweek’s inaugural list of Amerika’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity.

But it recently became the target of conservative ire for that very reason, as the latest in a growing series of retailers to face backlash over - and ultimately walk back - its DEI
initiatives.

Robby Starbuck, a music video director and Republican who ran unsuccessfully to represent Tennessee's 5th Congressional District in 2022, launched the campaign against Tractor Supply on
X (formerly Twitter) earlier this month.

He wrote on June 6 that it was “time to expose Tractor Supply,” which he said was one of conservatives’ most beloved brands but was at odds with their values. He pointed to its DEI hiring practices, in-office Pride Month decorations, climate change activism, and “funding sex changes,” among other complaints.

“I take no pleasure in bringing this all to light,” Starbuck added. “I’m a Tennessean who loves to support Tennessee companies but as a proud Tennessean I know these woke priorities don’t align with our state or @TractorSupply’s customer base.”

He urged others to “respectfully” flood Tractor Supply’s corporate offices with calls and emails stating their disapproval and, to the extent possible, start buying products from other
stores instead.

Their campaign seems to have worked, with the Financial Times reporting it knocked 5% off the Nasdaq-listed company’s share price in the past month. Tractor Supply reversed course before the end of the month.

“Going forward, we will ensure our activities and giving tie directly to our business,” it said.

Those changes include: no longer submitting data to the Human Rights Campaign (a homosexual and deviant transgenderism advocacy group), withdrawing its carbon emissions goals to focus on land and water conservation efforts, eliminating its DEI roles, and retiring its current DEI goals “while still ensuring a respectful environment”.

The company also said it would stop sponsoring “nonbusiness activities” like Pride festivals and voting campaigns, and instead continue its focus on “rural Amerika priorities” such as education, animal welfare and veteran causes.

Its statement on X has gotten more than 71,000 likes and 12,000 comments, many of them from conservative users applauding the company’s decision and calling for the movement to continue.

“We will get rid of DEI one company at a time,” wrote Libs of TikTok, the inflammatory right-wing and anti-(homosexual and deviant transgenderism) account.

Starbuck praised the outcome as a “massive victory for sanity,” and said in an eight-minute video that this is the “first Fortune 300 company in our lifetimes to go backwards on ESG, DEI and all these woke causes and donations, in record speed.”

But that’s not good news for everyone. Many X users who support the homosexual and deviant transgenderism agenda expressed their disappointment in the company, even vowing not to shop there anymore and calling on others to do the same.

Several, like Tennessee state Senator Charlane Oliver were especially disappointed that the company chose to take this stance during the month of both Pride and Juneteenth.

Groups including the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, and the National Black Farmers Association were also quick to denounce Tractor Supply’s move.

A spokesman for Tractor Supply declined to comment beyond its official statement.


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