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Facebook Has a 'Black People Problem,' Says a Former Employee

"In some buildings, there are more 'Black Lives Matter' posters than there are actual Black people," Mark Luckie wrote in a memo to coworkers on his last day at the company.

Mark Luckie

A Black former Facebook employee is accusing the company of having "a Black people problem" in a note published publicly on the social network on Tuesday.


Surprisingly, it has not been removed. Mark Luckie said Facebook's population of Black employees does not represent its population of Black users. The letter frankly stated that the site presents one image publicly, but internally, it is the opposite.

"There is often more diversity in keynote presentations than the teams who present them," Luckie wrote in the note, which he originally shared with Facebook employees on Nov. 8, his last day of work.

"In some buildings, there are more 'Black Lives Matter' posters than there are actual Black people. Facebook can't claim that it is connecting communities if those communities aren't represented proportionately in its staffing."

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leads an all-white executive team. The company's 2018 diversity report revealed that Black employees make up only 4 percent of its total workforce, accounting for 1 percent of technical jobs and only 2 percent of senior leadership.

In comparison, on average, 24.2 percent of the CEO and direct reports level at the DiversityInc Top 10 and Hall of Fame companies are are racially diverse — 11.2 percent Black, 8 percent Latino and 5 percent Asian. Facebook has never participated in DiversityInc's Top 50 competition.

"You can build something that works, that people want to use, but you can't actually make all the right decisions if among the builders there's not enough diversity and perspective," Facebook's head of diversity Maxine Williams told CNBC in July.

Luckie also mentioned that he wasn't always treated with respect or as an equal.

"On a personal note, at least two or three times a day, every day, a colleague at MPK will look directly at me and tap or hold their wallet or shove their hands down their pocket to clutch it tightly until I pass," he said.

Another former minority employee agreed with Luckie's analysis of the company's diversity issues.

"Facebook touts diversity and inclusion as though it's a marketing opportunity, and perhaps it is genuinely meaningful to them on its face. But when it comes to tactical, day-to-day integration of their stock 'unconscious bias' training, it proves to still be a group of exceedingly privileged white people making similarly biased and discriminatory choices as other white leaders in the industry," the former employee remarked.

Luckie's final jab summed up his precise feelings for his former employer:

"To feel like an oddity at your own place of employment because of the color of your skin while passing posters reminding you to be your authentic self feels in itself inauthentic."

Facebook's spokesman Anthony Harrison addressed the accusations by responding with a statement about its "diligent work" regarding their efforts to be more inclusive.

"The growth in representation of people from more diverse groups, working in many different functions across the company, is a key driver of our ability to succeed," Harrison said in a statement provided to CNBC. "We want to fully support all employees when there are issues reported and when there may be micro-behaviors that add up. We are going to keep doing all we can to be a truly inclusive company."

In more fodder for the masses, Harrison rambled on about "trying to do better" but it really just boils down to Facebook actually doing better.

The Conversation (4)
votetocorrect28 Nov, 2018
Facebook was not built for people of color!
28 Nov, 2018

Have you seen Mark ? He is the Whitest Translucent Pink Guy I have Ever Seen ! I’m not being mean when I say that , he reminds me of a Shaved white mouse . I Truly Believe That because of the money he has , he’s exposed himself to Cosmetic procedures that has Whitened his Skin even more . With that said Pale so called Porcelain Skin And Money is the representation a Supreme Being . It also represents Racism and a Crook .

DR. Valdea Jennjngs28 Nov, 2018

in my early years as an aspiring young Afro-American classical musician my efforts were always looked upon with skepticism. During my 55 years as a clinical/school/organizational psychologist, hospital administrator, joint commission trained quality assurance officer, and medical school faculty member, I was never initially assumed to have the information, qualifications, etc. necessary to do the job. And often when my qualifications were grudgingly accepted, I became a threat rather than an asset. I will not deny that there has been progress; however, the belief that problems have disappeared is a dangerous fantasy.

V. Delano Jennings B.S. mus. Ed. Ed.D

Coast Guard Lieutenant Plotted to Kill Democrats and Journalists

Christopher Paul Hasson's intended targets included Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Cory Booker and CNN's Don Lemon.

Authorities have arrested Christopher Paul Hasson, a 49-year-old coast guard lieutenant, who intended to conduct a mass killing.

Hasson is a self-proclaimed white nationalist who had a detailed plan to execute prominent Democratic politicians as well as several journalists from CNN and MSNBC. He devised his plan with inspiration from Anders Breivik, who successfully completed terrorist attacks in 2011 that killed 77 people in Norway.

In order to get prepared to carry out his mission, Hasson accumulated steroids and human growth hormone "to increase his ability to conduct attacks," as outlined in Breivik's manifesto.

According to court documents filed on Tuesday, Hasson intended "to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country."

Documents also state that "the defendant is a domestic terrorist, bent on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect governmental conduct."

A spokesman for the US Coast Guard Headquarters, Barry Lane stated, "An active duty Coast Guard member, stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., was arrested last week on illegal weapons and drug charges as a result of an ongoing investigation led by the Coast Guard Investigative Service, in cooperation with the FBI and Department of Justice."

Because this is an open investigation, the Coast Guard has no further details at this time.

While the master plan was to "kill almost every last person on the earth," his current hit list consisted of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Kamala Harris of California, as well as former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas. Journalists on the list included CNN's Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo and Van Jones and MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Ari Melber and Joe Scarborough.

When law enforcement agents searched Hasson's house, they found 15 guns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition. Hasson is scheduled to appear in Court on Thursday for a hearing.

Proud Boys' Chairman Sat Behind Trump at Miami Rally

Proud Boys is a far-right, extremist group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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On Monday, President Trump gave a speech in Miami to his supporters, and a member of the Proud Boys — who wore a "Roger Stone Did Nothing Wrong!" T-shirt — sat in a prime spot behind him.

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Middle School Student Arrested After Refusing to Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Ana Alvarez, a substitute teacher, asked the student why he continues to live in the U.S., "if it's so bad here."

An 11-year-old boy was arrested for not following orders and "causing a disruption" when he refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in class.

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Rev. William Barber Condemns Evangelicals Who Support Trump's Policies

"I'm a Christian evangelical, I grew up in the Christian faith, and one of the most clear public policies that you're supposed to engage in as a just society is fairness toward the strangers, immigrants," Barber said.

The NAACP and Rev. Dr. William Barber called out evangelical Christians who back President Donald Trump's family separation policy, and called the policy racist.

"We see this happening," Barber said, "and this attack on children — we know it's brown children, it wouldn't be happening if it wasn't brown children at the southern border — is white supremacy, white nationalism, being implemented in our public policy right in front of our faces."

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Racist Shopper Threatens to Call ICE on Haitian Woman, Keys Her Car

"I will take your photo and send it to ICE. You don't belong here," said the attacker.

Lola Jean-Baptiste, a Haitian immigrant with U.S. citizenship, was attacked and threatened by an angry middle-aged white woman in Brockton, Mass.

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State Sen. Nikema Williams: 'I Was Unlawfully Arrested at the Georgia Capitol — My Workplace'

Williams is taking a stand to prevent the mistreatment of women of color by law enforcement.

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Georgia State Sen. Nikema Williams, the first Black woman elected to lead the state's Democratic party, was jailed last year for just standing among protesters at the state Capitol. Williams is now taking a stand to prevent the mistreatment of women of color by law enforcement.

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