In an awkward onstage appearance this week, Gov. Bruce Rauner drank a glass of chocolate milk to demonstrate his belief in diversity.
Rauner did not come up with the idea, and he was actually picked at random by Tyronne Stoudemire, who ran the demonstration. Stoudemire, who is a Black man, serves as the Hyatt Hotels Diversity and Inclusion Executive. The demonstration took place at the Downtown Chicago Thompson Center as a Black History Month event.
At first, Stoudemire called Gov. Rauner to the stage and poured him a glass of milk. The milk represented the white men who run the nation’s most powerful companies. Stoudemire then pulled out a bottle of chocolate syrup that he stated, “represents diversity,” and poured it into the glass. The syrup immediately sunk to the bottom.
Continuing with his demonstration, Stoudemire stated, “When you look at most organizations, diversity sits at the bottom of the organization. You don’t get inclusion until you actually stir it up.” That’s when Gov. Rauner stirred up the chocolate milk and pronounced, “It’s really, really good. Diversity!”
In what appears to be an attempt at eradicating potential negative press, Gov. Rauner’s spokeswoman Rachel Bold released a statement after the event, saying, “This was the event moderator’s example of diversity that an audience of all ages could see and understand. It was one of two demonstrations at the event, both of which received ovations from the crowd.”