Salesforce previously said Black lives matter, but a message posted last Friday on the software company’s LinkedIn account expressed the sentiment about racial equality more strongly than usual.
“Hello everyone, we just want you to know that while CPAC’s running, BLACK LIVES STILL F —– G MATTER. PEACE,” reads a report on Salesforce’s account, which has more than 2 million followers has. (Last week, Conservatives in Florida gathered to attend the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.) The post has since been removed.
The incident highlights the challenges that minorities in Salesforce and other technology companies have faced that have sought to promote diversity.
“Last Friday, we took note of unauthorized access to one of our social media accounts. We acted quickly and secured it,” a Salesforce spokesman said in an email to OilGasJobz on Wednesday. The spokesperson did not comment on the content of the LinkedIn post, but did on a February blogpos the status of diversity efforts.
As of November, 3.4% of U.S. Salesforce employees were black, up from 2.8% in November 2018, according to the company diversity reports. Black people represented 12.8% of the U.S. population in 2019, according to a U.S. Census Bureau treasure based on the American Community Survey.
Over the past few weeks, two black people have come forward to talk about their struggle at Salesforce. Cynthia Perry, a senior manager who worked on design research, said the resignation letter she posted on LinkedIn that she ‘as a Salesforce employee’ was arsoned, manipulated, bullied, neglected and mostly not supported ‘.
Vivianne Castillo, who was a manager for design research and innovation, posted her letter of resignation also on LinkedIn and said that she is also being asked for free to help with internal diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
Castillo alluded to miners sending canaries into coal mines to investigate safety risks before entering. ‘I’m tired of seeing the canaries of underrepresented minorities leave Salesforce, only to see Salesforce increase their efforts to cast more canaries into the culture has left the former leaving or worse – suffering in silence. ‘
In July, after protests over the murder of George Floyd while in police custody, Salesforce said he hoped to increase the number of black employees in the US by 50% by 2023.
Other companies also want to hire more black workers, although not all efforts are a big hit. OilGasJobz reported last month on issues black college students encountered during Google’s Howard West program, with discriminatory treatment of Google employees, with fewer participants than planned.
After Salesforce’s LinkedIn account posted the message Friday, hundreds of emojis like Thumbs Up and the Heart responded, and some users commented.
‘Ohanaaaaa’, wrote one Salesforce employee using the Hawaiian word for family, which is frequently used by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. “Yessss! You ‘re part of ours,” the Salesforce account wrote in response. (In 2018, Bloomberg reported that some Salesforce employees stated that the company misused Hawaiian words and culture.)
“Language,” another Salesforce employee wrote in response to the original message.
“I’m Salesforce, b —-,” replied the company account.
“You are not,” the employee wrote back. “Your language demonstrates it.”
The Salesforce account also posted a separate message on Friday offering support to transgender people.
“SALESFORCE wants you to know that TRANS lives matter!” says the message, which was also deleted shortly after it appeared online.
Salvador Rodriguez contributed to this report.
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