Tech giant Cisco has reportedly fired a number of its employees for making comments critical of Black Lives Matter, including the statement “all lives matter” in response to the popular refrain.
ReclaimTheNet reports that the employees were fired for commenting on a video conference by the company’s CEO and other top executives, who expressed vocal support for the Black Lives Matter organization.
The publication reports that an internal company survey found that only 3.8% of Cisco employees were black, and that the executives at the top committed itself to changing this number by hiring more black employees.
To demonstrate its commitment, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins hosted a teleconference with Ford Foundation President Darren Walker and Equality Justice Initiative lawyer Bryan Stevenson to discuss the prevailing issue of systemic racism in the workplace. Cisco’s CEO announced a donation of $5 million to the Black Lives Matter organization.
The conference, which was was broadcast to more than 30,000 of Cisco’s employees worldwide and met a mixture of support and apprehension, some of whom were critical of the decision to throw in with the Marxist-oriented “racial justice” organization.
In screenshots obtained by Bloomberg (which were not published), some employees reportedly suggested that promoting Black Lives Matter “promotes racism.” One employee allegedly said that those who complain persistently about racism were likely projecting their own bigotry.
These comments reportedly caught the attention of executives who took the decision to fire the workers critical of Black Lives Matter.
ReclaimTheNet reports that while some employees issued apologies, others stood their ground and alleged that the action to fire them was repressive to those who held different opinions.