Facebook’s employees have been accused of having anti-Black Lives Matter sentiments after acts of vandalism at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
Based on the number of pro-BLM signatures on the company’s famous signature wall that has been crossed out and replaced with “all lives matter,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had to respond.
Zuckerberg’s full statement is below:
Zuckerberg’s statement tries to educate those who do not seem to get why the BLM movement exists.
We all are very aware that “all lives matter” but it is the numerous cases where Black people’s civil liberties are violated that is the focus of the movement.
The movement was birthed after the death of Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown by former cop Darren Wilson. The lack of cop convictions spawned BLM into a national movement focused on abolishing police brutality and other forms of institutional racism within the justice system.
Mark Zuckerberg gets this.
The images of violent police shootings are constantly plastered all over social media and television. These images are replayed as if the victims’ lives don’t matter.
Facebook has been notorious for allowing users to post racist messages without consequence, while pro-Black pages and profiles are constantly reported and reprimanded.
These multiple incidents prove that the company’s issues with race starts at home.