Jesus. I'm just reading the Platformer piece on Basecamp and it is ... fuuuuuuuuucked up. The highly conservative chief product officer who shared Breitbart articles internally denied the very existence of implicit racial bias.
Not only did they dismiss the idea of white privilege—and this is *after* the discussion about whether politics should be mentioned in the office—but he was explicitly *thanked* by Fried for doing so, while people of color in the team yelled at their screens.
This is *explicitly* what we've been saying from the beginning - that being banned from bringing up issues surrounding racism, sexism, homophobia etc. at work is stopping conversations that *need to be had* to make a better workplace and world.
The platformer article is here (by @CaseyNewton) if you want to read it: platformer.news/p/-how-basecam…
PS. I want to add, as always, that it's easy to mischaracterize these conversations. Absolutely *no one* wants their workplace to be filled with party political arguments on a daily basis.
This isn't that. This is about employees inside a company being able to talk about what the company is doing and how it treats its employees in an open and respectful way. You can't make a better or fairer environment if you just refuse to listen. It's not okay.

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