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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg Tells Facebook Employees: “Stop Crossing Out Black Lives Matter Signs”

Mark Zuckerberg, Black Lives Matter

Menlo Park, CA — Mark Zuckerberg, multi-billionaire founder and CEO of Facebook, has recently issued a companywide memo chastising employees who, despite his earlier warnings, have been crossing out the phrase “Black Lives Matter” and writing “All Lives Matter” on the company’s free expression walls at their campus in Northern California.

In the memo sent to all employees, Zuckerberg says that he has never had to make rules about what can be written on the chalkboards. However, he considered these acts “malicious.”

He told employees: “This has been a deeply hurtful and tiresome experience for the black community and really the entire Facebook community, and we are now investigating the current incidents.”

He continued: “There are specific issues affecting the black community in the United States, coming from a history of oppression and racism. ‘Black lives matter’ doesn’t mean other lives don’t – it’s simply asking that the black community also achieves the justice they deserve.”

“Deeply hurtful and tiresome”

“This has been a deeply hurtful and tiresome experience for the black community and really the entire Facebook community,” Zuckerberg also said.

Although, Facebook seems to be standing up for diversity, the company does admit that only 2 percent of it’s workforce are Black, despite their efforts to recruit and retain more diverse candidates. But many have credited Zuckerberg for speaking up about the importance of the nationwide “Black Lives Matter” campaign.

The slogan that took hold in the black community and beyond to protest incidents and a history of police brutality and racial inequality.

But not all agree

Naturally, however, not all agree with Zuckerberg’s comments. For example, BreitBart.com criticizes Zuckerberg for not tell his employees that “Black Lives Matter Are Pathologically Dishonest” and that “Black Lives Matter Hates Free Speech”.

 

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