John Hopkins Retracts Racist, Ageist, Sexist, Heterophobic ‘Privilege’ List from Its ‘Diversity Digest’

Craig Bannister | January 11, 2024
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After its list of “privilege” groups it claims have unearned benefits and are ignorant of their sins went viral, the John Hopkins Diversity Office on Thursday retracted its slur of people based on their age, sex, religion, etc.

“John Hopkins just sent out this hit list of people automatically guilty of ‘privilege’ whether they know it or not,” End Wokeness posted to Tuesday, breaking the now-viral story.

“This message was emailed directly to employees from the DEI Office,” the End Wokeness post reports, providing a screenshot from John Hopkins’ latest “Diversity Digest” and “Chief Diversity Officer’s Corner.”

In its “Diversity Word of the Month” section, the Diversity Digest says “Privilege is a set of unearned benefits given to people who are in a specific social group.” Privilege doesn’t just grace some people based on their identity, it does so by hurting others, the treaty states:

“Privilege operates on personal, interpersonal, cultural and institutional levels, and it provides advantages and favors to members of dominant groups at the expense of members of other groups.”

It claims that “In the United States, privilege is granted to people who have membership in one or more" of nine social identity groups:

  • “White People”
  • “Able-bodied people”
  • “Heterosexuals”
  • “Cisgender people”
  • “Males”
  • “Christians”
  • “Middle or owning class people”
  • “Middle-aged people”
  • “English-speaking people”


“To celebrate MLK Day, in just one email, Johns Hopkins engaged in racism, ageism, sexism, and heterophobia. Is that what MLK meant when he said to judge people by their character?” an article in “Louder with Crowder” observed.

Additionally, the Digest derides people who speak English, Christians, and are able-bodied.

Privileged people are usually ignorant of their privilege and believe they have earned what they have – but, they haven’t – the Digest says, presenting its slurs as “facts”:

“Privilege is characteristically invisible to people who have it. 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.

"In fact, privileges are unearned and granted to people in dominant groups whether they want those privileges or not, and regardless of their stated intent."

Thus, it argues, people who are capable (“able-bodied”) and speak the nation’s predominant language (English) are incapable of “earning” the advantages they enjoy.

On Thursday, End Wokeness posted news of the retraction by John Hopkins’ diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) office, along with a screenshot of an apology by its chief diversity officer:

“UPDATE: The Johns Hopkins DEI Office has retracted their "privilege list" after our post went viral and drew massive outrage”



Separately, a John Hopkins Medicine spokesperson provided the following statement to

“The January edition of the monthly newsletter from the Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity used language that contradicts the values of Johns Hopkins as an institution. 

“Dr. Sherita Golden, Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Chief Diversity Officer, has sincerely acknowledged this mistake and retracted the language used in the message.”