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.
Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D.
PO Box 4707 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Author of Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships and Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships: Methodology
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