Openly trans engineer and former engineering manager at Facebook, Sophie Alpert, recently departed from the company because Facebook wasn’t diverse and inclusive enough. Some of the complaints from Alpert included other employees denying that “white privilege” exists, and that they were being transphobic in the anonymous workplace chat room for employees via the app Blind.
The news about Alpert’s departure comes from CNBC in an article published on January 17th, 2019.
In the piece Alpert is quoted as saying…
“Facebook is good for many people, but it’s not the right place for me right now. I want to spend my time at a place willing to push further on diversity and inclusion. One where it’s not OK to write on Workplace that white privilege doesn’t exist. One where if I call out that our board has too many white men, I don’t get harassed by other employees on Blind with transphobic messages saying I should be fired.”
We don’t get examples of these particular employees saying allegedly transphobic things, nor the comments from the other Facebook staff denying that “white privilege” exists. However, CNBC pointed to another staff member who quit back in late November of 2018, who proclaimed that Facebook wasn’t diverse enough.
Former employee Mark Luckie, who is reportedly black, stated…
“There is often more diversity in [Facebook’s] Keynote presentations than the teams who present them,”
“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.”
Luckie told CNBC in the article something similar to what Alpert mentioned, claiming that it was the “white privilege” that was a trademark pox on the credibility of Facebook’s diversity initiative, saying…
“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 discussion about “white privilege” has popped up multiple times as a point of conciliatory gaslighting in academic circles, especially at universities and colleges. The idea is to instill in students this subliminal angst against whites for slights that were oftentimes never committed against millennials who claim to be oppressed by said “white privilege”.
This has gone on to form a subculture all its own, which has actually become the mockery and derision of many comedians and thought-leaders within certain intellectual circles. A video uploaded from Jason Allan on YouTube featuring Ben Shapiro highlights the problems that the Left uses in order to foist the concept of “white privilege” on everyone.
Further more, even Facebook spokesman Anthony Harrison avoided getting into the sociopolitical minutiae regarding Alpert’s departure from the company. Instead Harrison offered to tell CNBC that Facebook attempted to remedy the situation as best they could, saying…
“Sophie is very aware of how serious we took her concerns given she spent significant time with members of our human resources team who worked in earnest to address the issues on Blind. Because the comments in question were made anonymously there we weren’t able to find out who posted them.”
Even still, one would have to question if Facebook thought it justified to fire someone for denying “white privilege” exists? And how much of a PR boil would it have been for their bottom line if the person claiming that “white privilege” didn’t exist happened to be a minority? In a way, Facebook dodged a potential disaster there.
Nevertheless, Alpert has already moved on from the social media network, focusing on working at the behavioral change company called Humu.
Today’s my last day at Facebook.
I’m gonna miss working on React full time, but I’m excited to try something smaller and new: I’m joining @humuinc next week as an engineer.
— Sophie Alpert (@sophiebits) January 11, 2019