Issue #311
25 Sep 2022
As you all know, we are committed to becoming an Anti-Racist/Anti-Oppression company. Layoffs like this can have a more pronounced impact on marginalized communities, so we were particularly focused on ensuring our layoffs – while a business necessity today – were carried out through an Anti-Racist/Anti-Oppression lens
Twilio became the latest of big tech scale ups to announce retrenchment last week, and whilst the CEO announcement struck a compassionate tone, the above rather innocuous sounding paragraph triggered an anti-woke backlash with concerns that a person’s racial identity might be a factor on their job security. An interesting conundrum - as an industry we are committed to diversifying the workforce, but might that mean using redundancies as a way of getting there? CEO Jeff Lawson full announcement here, Fortune have the story from anti-anti-racist lens, and just google Twilio redundancy racism. Uncomfortable brainfood
H/T to brainfooder Simone Missagia for the share