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4 May, 8 tweets, 2 min read
Many "progressive" companies believe that racism & other forms of oppression exist, but only elsewhere.

How they respond when internal injustices are revealed will tell you whether company leaders actually give a shit.

Basecamp imploded because they don't.
That's why every single one of those white text on black background BLM statements were quoted with "this you?" last summer.

Companies want to be praised for saying oppression is bad (now that it costs them nothing), meanwhile they're dong the oppression…
If you want to know if a "progressive" company is really anti-racist? If they support queer people, gender minorities, people w/ disabilities?

See how they respond to something that happens internally. See what happens when they are challenged & called out for their oppression
I guarantee you there will be some sort of pushback. They will pretend it was a one time incident, try to sweep it under the rug, put the blame on the person who called them out. Or like Basecamp, institute a new policy that prevents employees from holding leaders accountable
Sorry if this thread implies that there are companies that we can believe in, that actually would respond to internal oppression appropriately.

There aren't. At least, I haven't found one.
I think a lot of leaders in tech just don't care, or are pretending to

And I think some of them do care, but it's just really hard for them to look at themselves and accept that maybe they are causing the same oppression that they speak against. That's hard for anyone to do
Like it's hard but if you really care about the liberation of oppressed people, that what you have to do. Ask yourself how you are contributing to the problem.

But unfortunately people are more concerned with being called "-ist" than examining their "-isms".
Thissssss. That might actually make me want to work somewhere.

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But yeah I'm not worried about Jimmy Dore's little house
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That part. We don't want to see people suffer. Capitalism makes people suffer. What's not clicking?

I hate seeing Black people defend capitalism. CAPITALISM IS WHY OUR ANCESTORS WERE SLAVES. Why so many people you know are in prison. Literally why police in the US exist. Why Africa was/is being bled dry by colonialism.

Why are you defending that???????
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If no one sees your work, it doesn't count. And you might even be punished for that.
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Which happened to be around the time when I shipped a thing I'd been working on for a while
And by "a while", I mean, we (me, designer, PM) started talking about it in July. And then there was some related tech debt I wanted to take care of before working on the feature. And then I wrote a tech spec, and then I started working on the thing...
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If y'all say COVID is spreading mainly because people are being selfish and going to parties, bars, etc...

But infection and death rates are disproportionately high among people of color...

Are POC contracting COVID more because we are just selfish?
My point is, controlling this virus goes beyond personal responsibility.

Yes there are people who are pretending that COVID doesn't exist. I know it's easy to get angry with them.

But at the end of the day this is problem is way bigger than one person deciding to go to a bar
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I hope more people start to realize this. We have to stop blaming individuals for this crisis. It's clearly the government's fault.
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You didn't cause your own poverty because you can't save $10/month.

I look at COVID the same way
I'm sure there are people in New Zealand, Australia, Korea, China, etc., who also hated the restrictions and would have gone out to bars and parties, if they were allowed to.

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