Cisco Fires Employees for Criticizing Black Lives Matter During Online Diversity Forum
Another example of criticism of Black Lives Matter movement falsely being equated with racism: “the world’s largest networking company, said it fired “a handful” of workers for inappropriate conduct because it “will not tolerate” racism”
It becomes increasingly clear that criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement is simply not allowed. The tech company Cisco recently had an online meeting with employees to discuss diversity and related matters.
When the conversation turned to Black Lives Matter, some employees offered negative comments and were fired.
Cisco fires employees criticizing Black Lives Matter
Tech giant Cisco has reportedly fired a number of its employees for making comments critical of Black Lives Matter, including the statement “all lives matter” in response to the popular refrain.
ReclaimTheNet reports that the employees were fired for commenting on a video conference by the company’s CEO and other top executives, who expressed vocal support for the Black Lives Matter organization.
The publication reports that an internal company survey found that only 3.8% of Cisco employees were black, and that the executives at the top committed itself to changing this number by hiring more black employees…
The conference, which was was broadcast to more than 30,000 of Cisco’s employees worldwide and met a mixture of support and apprehension, some of whom were critical of the decision to throw in with the Marxist-oriented “racial justice” organization.
Nico Grant and Ian King of Bloomberg have more details:
During a series of Cisco Systems Inc. online all-hands meetings on race in early June, some workers posted comments in message channels that other staff and company management said were demeaning to Black people, exposing racial divisions at the Silicon Valley tech giant and leading to the dismissal of a number of people.
During the first videoconference on June 1, following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, Chief Executive Officer Chuck Robbins spoke with Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, who is Black, and Bryan Stevenson, a Black lawyer and author who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, in front of 30,000 employees. The conversations about race continued in subsequent online global staff meetings.
“Black lives don’t matter. All lives matter,” one worker wrote in the comments during one of the virtual all-hands meetings, according to screen shots obtained by Bloomberg. Another said the phrase Black Lives Matter “reinforces racism” because it singles out one ethnic group. “People who complain about racism probably have been a racist somewhere else to people from another race or part of systematic oppression in their own community!” a third worker wrote in the chat section visible for all those online.
Cisco, the world’s largest networking company, said it fired “a handful” of workers for inappropriate conduct because it “will not tolerate” racism.
This is another example of criticism of Black Lives Matter movement falsely being equated with racism.