How should Mark Zuckerberg eliminate Facebook employee efforts for removing #blacklivesmatter post?


In a recent article, Mark Zuckerberg has officially requested that Facebook employees refrain from removing #blacklivesmatter posts. Facebook is a public social media company that appears to have employees who employ efforts in his company to continue fuel racism against Blacks. Ordering employees to refrain from removing #blacklivesmatter posts reveals that Mark Zuckerberg has little control over the culture of the company.

According to the article, Mark Zuckerberg tells employees to stop defacing ‘Black Lives Matter’ statements at work, at the Facebook Mountain View complex there exist a signature wall designed to be a visual representation of the company’s culture. The #blacklivesmatter statements have been crossed out on several occasions. Zuckerberg stated that “despite my clear communication at Q&A last week that this was unacceptable, and messages from several other leaders from across the country, this has happened again. I was already very disappointed by this disrespectful behavior before, but after my communication I now consider this malicious as well.” He went on to emphasize that not only do #blacklivesmatter but the all lives matter movement is significant too.

The problem that Mark Zukerberg is facing is not unique to Facebook. According to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in 2011 they received 99,947 complaints. Racial discrimination complaints equaled 35.5% of the complaints followed by sexual (28.5%), age 23.5%, disability 26%, national origin 11.8%, religion 42.%, color 2.8%, GINA 0.2%, and Equal Pay ( 0.9%) discrimination complaints.

Workplace racism has a tremendous impact on the workplace. Several companies have paid sizeable sums due to workplace racism. For example, the Weyerhaeuser Company paid $55,713 as a racial discrimination settlement. They paid back pay, interest, salary and benefits to 31 individuals who had been denied jobs or promotions due to a pattern of workplace racial discrimination.

The same company paid another $600,000 to settle a case of racism in the workplace. At their Butler, PA steel Mill location, nooses and swastikas were displayed in areas where African-Americans worked. Walls were daubed with graffiti advocating the murder of Black people and Ku Klux Klan videos were played in employee lounges. Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook must realize that the same writing is on the wall by allowing for the removal of the #blacklivesmatter which could result in a costly settlement for those who feel discriminated against.

Racial discrimination impacts the psychological physical health of employees. Discriminatory practices have been associated with increased distress, traumatic stress, anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, lower self-esteem, decreased life satisfaction, and lower perceived self-competence and psychological resiliency.

Racial discrimination impacts workplace productivity. Organizations will find that the discrimination:

  • Increases supervisor and coworker dissatisfaction
  • Increases perceived organizational tolerance of harassment
  • Increases intentions to quit and job withdrawal

Additionally, racial discrimination results in limited career advancement and less development of workplace skills, less effective work relationships with other employees and supervisors, increased tension on the job, and decreased job satisfaction, and commitment to the organization.

Mark Zuckerberg can expect a downfall in Facebook if the incident regarding the #Blacklivesmatter is not addressed properly. Most companies of this stature choose to eliminate workplace discrimination through human resource policies. The problem with human resource policies is just that. It is a policy or a rule for employees to follow. Many employees who decide that racial discrimination is the order of the day will find creative way to circumvent those polices therefore resulting in a dysfunctional organization.

Facebook can overcome this problem by simply applying a process that is consistent with promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships. Positive relationships are in many ways the prerequisites for organizational effectiveness. Positive relationships includes the absence of negative interactions. Negative criticism, embarrassment, and humiliation are the most frequent acts that damage workplace relationships which include the removal of #blacklivesmatter at the Facebook location.

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Racism is a menace and so we’ve been taught for ages which is the primary need for a diversity expert. However, even in this modern society of today where we see a lot of colored celebrities performing on stage with huge fan followings and of course an Afro-America President for the USA, we are still in a phase where racism exists in all its brutal glory and has been eating away at the society like a plague. Classrooms, are one of the most affected areas where color differences and racism exists to its extremes. Even after decades of progress and a lot of communal efforts at bridging the gaps between colored students, white students and teachers, it is sad to say that the disparities still exist and are just as pronounced today as they were back in the 1950s. Colored students, even in the likes of New York City, are attending under resourced schools or have been significantly isolated and made to be unequal in regular schools. Even if the teachers are well-intentioned, perpetuating the structural racism that has taken deep roots into the fabric of our education system is a tough task and make the need for a diversity expert imperative. Teachers need to recognize the biases that exist within the classroom and also take conscious measures to address them and their own biases of course. James Baldwin once said, “it is your very own responsibility to change this society, if you think of yourself as an educated person.” Dr. Derrick L. Campbell took this quote very effectively and straight to the heart and thus this Classroom Racism Exterminator happened. Classroom Racism Exterminator is an initiative that will teach you about your duty and moral obligation towards eliminating racism from the classrooms. This is where and how you will learn about what you need to do to produce a better society that is free of biases and disparities amongst the blacks and the whites. Because we understand how classroom biases and conversations about racism are difficult and how teachers and students almost avoid the topics altogether, we have put together a range of effective methods and products to help address the problem at hand and talk meaningfully to counter issues related to race and racism in the classroom. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell understands that it takes a lot of courage to talk about race and racism and that racial issues need to be viewed through a very critical lens that can understand and attend to the pertaining aspects of racism in the classroom. And therefore through this website we have made a conscious effort to eliminate racism from the classroom and make the educational system equal and beneficial for all. We know and we understand that there are no words that can actually describe how racism feels. There are cases and everybody tends to deal with it in their own manner. Some might lash out verbally or others might just withdraw into shells. Whatever the case, people don’t talk about it openly and teachers don’t really make a conscious effort at addressing the issue. We don’t really know if our children or if the youth is learning to be educated or become racists in their classroom. Our program is focused on helping children of color and regardless of their race, their full potential. We want every student to be able to recognize and reach their full potential so that they think of themselves as responsible citizens of their country and not regard themselves as worthless human beings. Here you will find motivational books and flash card games, all of which have been designed focusing on eliminating racism completely from our classrooms. The books and the games have been consciously designed keeping in mind the American society and educational system. It is a small effort on our and Dr. Campbell’s part to help this society become a better place to live in. A little about diversity expert Dr. Campbell Dr. Derrick L. Campbell the driving force behind Classroom Racism Exterminator is a dynamic figure and a constant source of motivation for us. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, Math Education, a Masters in Education Administration and also holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Campbell is a well known personality throughout the nation. He has lectured at various events including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference and a lot of local churches. He is a personality well dedicated towards eliminating the plague of racism from our classrooms and helping every child recognize his/her true potential not the color of their skin. He realizes how a child would feel if he/she was made to think they are worthless human beings. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell is compassionate and related to the experiences and therefore this initiative is a constant and continual effort to eliminate racism manifested in us, completely from the classroom and from our society.
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