Google employees are circulating a memo written by a former Googler who says they encountered racism and 'never stopped feeling the burden of being black' while working there (GOOG, GOOGL)

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  • In a memo that’s circulating through Google, a
    former employee who recently decided to leave described the racism
    they felt as a black person working at the company.
  • “I never stopped feeling the burden of being black at Google,”
    they wrote in the memo.
  • The former employee — who had their name redacted from the
    publicly released memo —  also laid out three steps they think
    Google should take to improve its diversity and inclusion
    efforts.
  • Read the full memo
    here
    , first published by Motherboard.
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    Insider’s homepage for more stories.

In a
memo
that’s circulating through Google, a
former employee who recently decided to leave described the racism
they felt as a black person working at the search giant’s New York
headquarters, in what is the latest example of the tech industry
struggling to provide safe and equitable working environments for
employees of color. 

“Over the last 5 years I’ve heard co-workers spew hateful words
about immigrants, boast unabashedly about gentrifying
neighborhoods, mockingly imitate people who speak different
languages, reject candidates of color without evidence because of
‘fit,'” the former employee wrote in the memo, which was first

obtained by Motherboard

They said that although they grew more comfortable over time
speaking up to “educate” their co-workers, they “never stopped
feeling the burden of being black at Google.” 

The former employee — who had their name redacted from the
publicly released memo —  also laid out three steps they thought
Google should take to improve its diversity and inclusion
efforts.

Those steps included restructuring the company’s referral
program (which, they said, perpetuated the diversity gap), use
virtual reality more prominently in diversity training to build
empathy and curtail biases, and offer more mental health support
for employees of color. 

Google did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request
for comment on the memo. 

Google, along with other Silicon Valley giants, has struggled to
hire a more diverse workforce. In 2018, black
employees only accounted for 2.8% of Google’s technical roles and
3.6% of its leadership roles. Overall, black employees accounted
for 4.8% of Google’s total workforce. 

Read more:Facebook
has a black people problem’: A former employee posted a 2,500-word
memo about racial discrimination at the company

Last year, it was a former employee from Facebook that shared a
letter upon his departure, detailing the experience of racism he
encountered and the company’s failures to build a more inclusive
and supportive work environment for people of color. 

“Facebook has a black people problem,” he said at the
time. 


Read the full memo from the former Googler here.

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Google employees are circulating a memo written by a former Googler who says they encountered racism and 'never stopped feeling the burden of being black' while working there (GOOG, GOOGL)