San Francisco- A former Facebook employee on Tuesday went public with a memo saying the company is failing to include black people in its workforce and on the social network.
Mark Luckie has shared his experience to all Facebook employees around the world, just after he left his position as strategic partner manager and he said teh company failed on minority issues.
“Facebook has a black people problem,” Luckie, who is black, said in the memo.
“Facebook’s disenfranchisement of black people on the platform mirrors the marginalization of its black employees.”
Black employees typically hear colleagues comment, “I didn’t know black people worked at Facebook,” he contended.
Luckie acknowledged that black employees representation has increased to a 4%, compared to 2% in 2016.
“In some buildings, there are more ‘Black Lives Matter’ posters than there are actual black people,” Luckie said.
A Facebook diversity report released in July confirmed the 4% figure but said and pointed out that the percentage of black employees the company or sales has grown to 8%.
“But we continue to have challenges recruiting Black and Hispanic employees in technical roles and senior leadership,” chief diversity officer Maxine Williams said in the report.’
“Too many black employees can recount stories of being aggressively accosted by campus security beyond what was necessary,” Luckie said.
“To feel like an oddity at your own place of employment because of the color of your skin while passing posters reminding you to be your authentic self feels in itself inauthentic.”
An employee, who goes by the name Carl Smith on Facebook, replied to Luckie’s, saying that his experience as a black man at the company can not be generalized or is universal.
“Mr Luckie doesn’t speak for all of us here. Ironically, Mark and I started at Facebook on the same day. I’m still here,” Smith wrote.
“In the office, I often wear pro black t-shirts, Colin Kaepernick Jerseys, or Black Lives Matter shirts to work and I feel completely comfortable doing so because I truly believe I can be my authentic self every day that I come to work,” he said.
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