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Days After Getting ‘Woke’ On Trump, Snapchat Refuses To Release Diversity Report Amid Racism Complaints

How will Evan atone?

Last week, Snap announced they would no longer promote President Trump’s account, claiming the company “will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice.”

Today, Business Insider reports that CEO Evan Spiegel told employees at an all-hands meeting on Tuesday that the company would not release its diversity report – which Spiegel argued would only reinforce the notion that minorities are underrepresented in Silicon Valley.

The implication, of course, is that Snapchat is simply another ‘woke’ Silicon Valley company run by virtue signaling hypocrites.

Spiegel told employees that the company’s diversity numbers are in line with those at other tech companies, which have long skewed white and male. –Business Insider

Spiegel’s comments come days after former employees said they experienced and witnessed racism at Snapchat.

Founded in 2011, Snapchat parent Snap hired its first head of diversity and inclusion in 2019, and has never made its diversity report public – while most major Silicon Valley companies began making such reports public in 2014.

In 2019, Google reported women made up only 32% of its employees, and that only 9.6% were Black or Latinx. The situation is similar at Facebook, where only 9% of its workforce is Black or Latinx. Twitter’s Latinx and Black employees are just nearly 11% of Twitter’s workforce, while Apple is one of the most diverse tech companies with more than 22% of workers identifying as Black or Latinx.

Spiegel also took time during the Q&A session to refute the allegations of racism and “shrinking diversity” that were made on Twitter and earlier reported by Mashable, the employees said. Former employees who identify as people of color told Mashable they experienced a racist culture, including from leadership, while working for Snapchat between 2015 and 2018. Managers censored or minimized coverage of predominantly Black content, like that from the 2016 Black Lives Matter movement and the hip-hop music festival Rolling Loud, according to the report. –Business Insider

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June 12, 2020

What’s this ‘Latinx’ word? Do they mean Latinos and Latinas? So why don’t they continue with the logic and call them Latini? Or just Latins? Or Latin Americans?

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June 13, 2020

Seems they are doing here what they’ve done to the word Woman: it’s now womyn. Not to be tainted by having the word Man in it.

June 12, 2020

Espouse the woke (and worse not live by it), die by the woke. Effin hypocrites!

June 13, 2020

All very interesting, no doubt, but what really matters is the proportion of black and “Latino” people employed by these companies compared to their representation in the population at large. For example, if whites make up, say, 70% of the population, fair employment practices would indicate that they make up 70% of employees of these firms.

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