The business-oriented social network invited employees to an anonymous online Q&A on racial injustice in the wake of the George Floyd riots. Because anonymity strips away the threat of social and professional consequences, the LinkedIn employees were free to say what they were
And they did exactly that. According to a
report in the Daily Beast, LinkedIn employees slammed leftist supporters of the riots as racists who wanted to grant “privilege” to certain racial groups, while another employee highlighted the huge rate of black-on-black violence that is largely ignored by the left.
“As a non-minority, all this talk makes me feel like I am supposed to feel guilty of my skin color. I feel like I should let someone less qualified fill my position. Is that ok? It appears that I am a prisoner of my birth,” one commenter wrote.
“George’s killers need to be tried according to law. But how can hiring more minorities into manager roles and C-suite positions address cop racism? I thought hiring at LinkedIn is based on merit alone.”
“Blacks kill blacks at 50 times the rate that whites kill blacks. Usually it is the result of gang violence in the inner city. Where is the outcry?” one commenter said, echoing a common anti-BLM talking point
deflecting from concerns about state violence against the black community.
“Do we all understand that racial prejudice is about EVERYONE and can go any direction?” wrote another. “Racial prejudice is rampant in tech companies. As a white person, I’ve experienced it from people of other races too.”
“This tragic incident that happened to George Floyd happened exactly the same to Tony Timpa (white man) by Dallas cops in 2016, and no one seemed to care then,” another employee wrote.There were no out cry for justice in his case. Why? Should we not want justice for all?”
Leftist employees in the Q&A were of coursed outraged by these comments, with one describing the Q&A as a “dumpster fire.” But because the Q&A was anonymous, the usual Silicon Valley approach of bullying politically dissident employees into conformity was not available to them. How frustrating!
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Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News.