An open letter signed and counted by 120 LGBTQ Google employees was sent on Tuesday to SF Pride Board President Jacquelene Bishop and her colleagues. They called on the organization to shut out their company in protest of the policy against the LGBTQ speech from the Pride parade on Sunday.
SF Pride has already responded that Google may continue to participate in the parade, as The Verge reports, but the publicity surrounding the staff's letter highlights the tensions within the company, which employs tens of thousands of employees of people in the Bay Area.
"We've spent countless hours promoting our business to improve policies and practices regarding the treatment of LGBTQ + individuals, the representation of LGBTQ + individuals, and harassment and hate speech against LGBTQ + individuals YouTube and other Google products, "the letter said. "Whenever we push for change, we're just told that the company will be scrutinizing these guidelines." But we are never obliged to improve, and when we ask when these improvements are made, we are always told that we are patient. "
The letter continues:" For a large company, waiting may be wise, but for those whose right to existence is threatened, we say there is no time to lose, and we have been waiting too long.
The dedusting may have been directly triggered by a recent incident involving a moderator on a conservative talk show on YouTube accused of molesting and vilifying a weird political vlogger who works for Vox with repeated racist and homophobic hate speech After considerable publicity, the host was punished with the demonstration of his videos, but they were not removed, and Google said that the host, Steven Crowder, had not violated the platform guidelines.
However, there are also problems within the Corporate As Wired reported, some of Google's main advocates of diversity have been approached by employees and fucked in conservative social media areas in recent months, and The Verge earlier this month reported that some employees had left the company on the grounds that they are not there I feel more secure.
The latest trigger seems to be Google's official refusal to allow disgruntled LGBTQ employees to protest from within. The official contingent of SF Pride at the parade, citing a violation of the company's communications policy. But here begins the letter of protest to become a bit extraordinary and millennial.
But does anyone who works for a large, multinational corporation such as Alphabet believe that he can protest on behalf of the company and still earn a paycheck? Google probably pays most of these employees for the work they do there, and part of the job for a company in a capitalist society is to track the corporate line. It is up to activists and journalists to point out the abuses of Google if it appears to harm a minority. But if these workers want to protest, they probably have to do so while working for another person.
This is not a college, and Google does not have to behave like a university to tolerate the protest. There is also a word for an organized movement of employees who seek change in a company: union. Apart from the actual work organization, everything else will be subject to the larger priorities of the company.
In their letter, employees recognize this and say, "We considered the possibility that our employer would punish us for signing this letter … Despite these risks, we are forced to speak."
In response, Google issued a statement to The Verge stating, "Google has participated in the San Francisco Pride Parade for more than a decade and we look forward to continuing our tradition this weekend are grateful for the partnership and leadership of SF Pride. "
The statement by SF Pride states:" Google and YouTube can and must do more to raise and protect the voices of LGBTQ + producers. .. [We’ve] noted that Google was willing to listen to this criticism and is working to develop appropriate guidelines. [in the future] … Google has been a considerate partner of SF Pride for several years and has historically been a strong partner of allies to LGBTQ + communities. "
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