An open letter signed by 120 LGBTQ Google employees and counters was sent Tuesday to the SF Pride Board President Jacquelene Bishop and her colleagues, and asked the organization to ban their company from Sunday's Pride parade in protest against its anti-policy policy. -LGBTQ speech.
SF Pride has already responded by saying that Google will still be allowed to participate in the parade, as The Verge reports, but the publicity around the employee chart still shines on tensions within the company, employing tens of thousands of people in the Bay Area.
"We have spent countless hours advocating our company to improve the policies and practices of treating LGBTQ + people, depicting LGBTQ + people, and harassment and hate speech directed at LGBTQ + people on YouTube and other Google "When we push for change, we are only told that the company will" take a look at these guidelines. "But we will never be obliged to improve, and when we ask when these improvements will be made, we always told to be patient. "
The letter goes on:" For a big company it might make sense to wait, but for those who have a very right to exist, are threatened, we say there is no time to waste and we have been waiting for long already. "
The dust may have been directly triggered by a recent incident involving a conservative talk show host on YouTube who was accused of harassing and settling a queer political blogger working for Vox with repeated racial and homophobic hate speech. the host was punished by having his videos demonized, but they were not removed when Google said that the host ̵
But there are also problems within the company, as Wired reported, some incredible diversity members were on Google targeted by colleagues and made in conservative corners of social media over the past few months, and The Verge reported earlier this month that some employees have joined the company on the grounds that they no longer feel safe there.
The final catalyst looks like to be Google's official refuse to allow disgruntled LGBTQ employees to expel any kind of protest from inside the official SF Pride quota on parade, with reference to violation of the company's communication policy. But here's where the protest letter begins to become a bit exceptional and millennial.
But does anyone who works for a large, multinational company like Alphabet think they can make a protest in the company name and still keep a paycheck? Google probably pays most of these employees modestly to do the job they do there, and part of working for a company in a capitalist society can withstand the company's line. It's the job of activists and journalists to point out that Google has been dissatisfied when it seems to allow harm to a minority group. But if these employees want to protest, they probably have to do it while they work for someone else.
This is not college, and Google does not have to act as a university in condemning protest. Moreover, it is a word for an organized movement of employees seeking change at a company: trade union. In short about the actual work organization, everything else will be subject to the larger priorities of the company.
In their letter, employees acknowledge this and say: "We have considered the possibility that our employer will punish us for signing this letter … Despite these risks, we are forced to speak."
In response, Google pronounced The Verge, saying: "Google has marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade for more than a decade and we are happy to continue our tradition this weekend . We are grateful for SF Prides partnership and leadership. "
SF Pride's statement says," Google and YouTube can and must do more to raise and protect the voice of LGBTQ + creators … [We’ve] found that Google has been willing to listen to this criticism and working to develop appropriate policies [in the future] … Google has been a considerate partner of SF Pride for a number of years and has historically been a strong ally of LGBTQ + community. "
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