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Mark Zuckerberg Asks Racist Facebook Employees to Stop Crossing Out Black Lives Matter Slogans

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The Black Lives Matter movement has shed light on the racial profiling, police brutality, and racial inequality experienced by the African-American community across America. But apparently some of the employees at Facebook’s notoriously white, bro-centric Menlo Park, California office don’t agree.

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In a private memo posted on a company announcement page for employees only, Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that employees have been scratching out “black lives matter” (sic) and writing “all lives matter” on the company’s famous signature wall. The company, whose staff is only 2 percent black, is facing the issue head on.

“We’ve never had rules around what people can write on our walls,” said Zuckerberg in the post. “We expect everybody to treat each other with respect.” The entire message, obtained by Gizmodo, is posted in full below:

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We reached out to Facebook for comment, and we’ll update when we hear back.


Contact the author at michael.nunez@gizmodo.com.

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How many times do people need to be told that the inherent implication behind black lives matter IS all lives matter?!?!

Do they think BLM activists really don’t think that? No, the implied statement for anyone not a fucking idiot is black lives matter TOO, which unfortunately needs to be said in a society in which black lives are too often callously disregarded or willfully attacked. It’s not black lives matter ONLY or black lives matter MORE. The existence of so many people being clueless assholes and saying all lives matter only proves the need for this kind of activism in the first place. And speaks to the kind of casual racism that is entrenched even in young/liberal/forward-thinking places like Facebook.