We previously touched on the fact that Project Include cut ties with Y Combinator due to its ties with Peter Thief, Co-Founder of Pay-Pal, but Facebook has decided to do otherwise. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, stated that in the name of diversity, he and his company will stand by their infamous board member who recently donated over $1 million to the Donald Trump Presidential campaign.
“We can’t create a culture that says it cares about diversity and then excludes almost half the country because they back a political candidate,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. It is somewhat ironic that Facebook is claiming diversity as its reason for not cutting ties with Thief since the company has struggled to diversify it ranks. “Women represent just 35 percent of employees. And people of color are hard to find: 4 percent of workers are Hispanic; 2 percent are black. To Facebook’s credit, it shares this data publicly.” This is data Facebook released to the public just a few months.
Zuckerberg does have a point. Even though you may disagree with Donald Trump’s political beliefs and antics, it doesn’t give you the right to criticize a person because they agree with his policies. The person who agrees with those beliefs is not Donald Trump. We cannot say that we care about diversity if we exclude someone because of their ‘diverse’ political beliefs.