CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, recently shared his views on racism and police violence after some Facebook staff members protested on the social network’s policies and state violence. Based on feedback from employees, civil rights experts, and subject matter experts internally, Mark Zuckerberg said the following:
- We’re exploring ideas related to specific policies
- We’re exploring ideas related to decision-making
- We look forward to taking proactive initiatives to advance racial justice and voter engagement.
In my opinion, I think this comment won’t make any difference on someone who still want to remain racist and doesn’t mind to behave hostile towards another person. So after taking proactive initiatives to advance racial justice and voter engagement, what would happen? Can this curtail racial discrimination? The best a person can do is not to display their racial differences in public, but do you know what is going through the person’s mind?
Racial discrimination is a very sensitive issue, and especially with the way #BLACKLIVESMATTER is trending, I only hope this will soon be a thing of the past.
But one comforting scenery is these racial discrimination protests are being made by both black and white citizens; whites who will still treat blacks with respect, and ensure justice and equality in society. In his words, Mark Zuckerberg said, “We’re going to review our policies allowing discussion and threats of state use of force to see if there are any amendments we should adopt. There are two specific situations under this policy that we’re going to review. The first is around instances of excessive use of police or state forces… The second case is around when a country has ongoing civil unrest or violent conflicts.”
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For some of us here, we have noted down these comments to see if we can finally come to see that his comments were helpful in the fight against racial discrimination. We were watching to see if, in the long run, we would still conclude that Mark Zuckerberg’s stance on racism and police violence didn’t make any difference.