Black Facebook employees complain about an increasingly racist and discriminatory culture

An anonymous letter from a group of black Facebook employees provides insight into the discriminatory culture that is affecting the company.

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The letter – published on November 7 on Medium by a group that calls itself FB Blind – comes almost a year after a letter from a former employee went viral because he showed how the social media company abandoned its black employees.

It also arrives as hundreds of black Facebook employees descended on the company's Menlo Park campus for the annual Black @ event.

Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sherly Sandberg attended the event with posts on Instagram under the & # 39; Share Black Stores & # 39; filter, many of whom felt the company looked good.

Letter was published on November 7 by a group of 12 black employees who called themselves FB Blind

Letter was published on November 7 by a group of 12 black employees who called themselves FB Blind

& # 39; We're sad inside, & # 39; said the group. & # 39; Angry. Suppressed. Depressed. And treated every day by the micro and macro aggressions as if we don't belong here. & # 39;

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Since Mark Luckie & # 39; s memo of November 8 last year – which he subsequently shared on Facebook on Novermber 27, 2018, after leaving the company – the group notes that & # 39; not much has changed & # 39 ;.

The letter comes a year after Mark Luckie wrote a memo describing how Facebook abandoned its black employees

The letter comes a year after Mark Luckie wrote a memo describing how Facebook abandoned its black employees

The letter comes a year after Mark Luckie wrote a memo describing how Facebook abandoned its black employees

& # 39; The problem is not only with black employees of different genders & # 39 ;, is the letter. & # 39; The incidents below also reflect behavior against Latinx and female Asian employees. & # 39;

The letter contains 12 moments when black employees felt negatively influenced by their & # 39; Facebook managers, HR business partners and their direct white colleague & # 39; s & # 39 ;.

Various employees shared experiences about contaminating their peer performance assessments. Others also indicated that they were labeled & # 39; arrogant & # 39; or had become disrespectful because they had expressed their opinion on various topics.

One employee explained how they were asked by two white employees to clean up & # 39; their mess & # 39; after breakfast. The employee told their manager about the incident, just for her to tell the employee that they should dress & # 39; more professional & # 39;

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Others told how their managers deliberately came up with negative feedback, often trying to involve colleagues in the scheme and / or not even attributing comments to staff. The colleagues of one employee tried to inform HR, but no action was taken, according to the memo.

Blind, an app that allows Facebook employees to post their experiences anonymously, was also cited as a place where black employees were treated with aggression without the limitations of the workplace.

Bertie Thompson, a Facebook spokeswoman, shared a statement in which she said sorry to the employees

Bertie Thompson, a Facebook spokeswoman, shared a statement in which she said sorry to the employees

Bertie Thompson, a Facebook spokeswoman, shared a statement in which she said sorry to the employees

Career growth also seemed difficult for company employees, with one employee emphasizing how their supervisor instructed them to & # 39; just & # 39; their & # 39; core task & # 39; to do.

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& # 39; The only way for a promotion was to & # 39; to do what I say & # 39;, & # 39; not to speak to others outside the team unless permission is given & # 39;, & # 39; not to post in the workplace unless it is a project update & # 39 ;, and subordinate to her whims, & shared the dissatisfied employee.

Various images of text screen images were included in the messages, making the various accusations of the employees credible.

& # 39; Racism, discrimination, bias and aggression do not come from the big moments, & # 39; FB Bling continued in the memo. & # 39; It is in the small actions that run up over time and are built into a culture where we are only meant to be seen as quotas, but never heard, never acknowledged, never acknowledged and never accepted. & # 39;

The memo continued: & # 39;Our colleagues in the majority of the population, on the other hand, are elevated, celebrated and promoted because they do less than the work we have had to do. & # 39;

According to Facebook's 2019 diversity report, black employees make up slightly less than 4 percent of the company (3.8 percent). Spanish employees make up 5.2 percent of the office (stock)

According to Facebook's 2019 diversity report, black employees make up slightly less than 4 percent of the company (3.8 percent). Spanish employees make up 5.2 percent of the office (stock)

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According to Facebook's 2019 diversity report, black employees make up slightly less than 4 percent of the company (3.8 percent). Spanish employees make up 5.2 percent of the office (stock)

The group chose to remain anonymous in an effort to stay away from the & # 39; hostile culture & # 39; created by Facebook when employees report bad behavior.

FB Blind added: & # 39;Bad behavior of non-POC's is increased, while normal actions of POC's are treated as aggressive, angry and abnormal. & # 39;

The group notes that management is likely to make a statement condemning the action and certifying that & # 39; this behavior is not acceptable & # 39 ;.

Bertie Thompson, a Facebook spokeswoman, made a statement that essentially said so.

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& # 39; No one on Facebook or anywhere else should tolerate this behavior & # 39 ;, said Thomson in a statement CNET. & # 39; We are sorry. It goes against everything we stand for as a company. We listen and work hard to do better. & # 39;

The group states that such statements continue to do more harm than good because they continue to maintain a harmful cycle.

& # 39; We cannot afford to be externally vulnerable because Facebook has made us a vulnerable target internally & # 39 ;, concludes the letter. & # 39; The only thing we can hope for in this cathartic exercise is to influence change by sharing our stories and hoping that no one else experiences the same discriminatory behavior we have. & # 39;

Facebook has routinely come under fire because of the treatment of black employees and dealing with issues such as hate speech.

According to Facebook & # 39; s 2019 diversity report, black employees make up slightly less than 4 percent of the company (3.8 percent). Spanish employees make up 5.2 percent of the office.

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