The problem started on the company’s signature wall.
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It’s no secret that Facebook has a diversity problem. The leadership is 93 percent Caucasian or Asian-American, and the entire company is 69 percent male. Even more shocking is that only 2 percent of the social media giant’s employees are African-American. So no one was blown away when it was found that employees were scratching out “Black Lives Matter” and writing “All Lives Matter” on the signature wall at the company’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters.
Zuckerberg first brought up the issue at a company Q&A, but after it happened again, he sent a harsh memo to his employees. “I was already very disappointed by this disrespectful behavior before,” Zuckerberg wrote, “but after my communication I now consider this malicious as well.” Zuckerberg then explained the meaning behind the defaced phrase. “‘Black lives matter’ doesn’t mean other lives don’t—it’s simply asking that the black community also achieves the justice it deserves.”
Here is the entire post, obtained by Gizmodo.
Photo obtained by Gizmodo
Zuckerberg’s stance is commendable, but if the company had a more inclusive hiring process, it might not be dealing with racist vandals in the first place.