Mozilla doesn’t know what diversity means
As many already know, the CEO of Mozilla has resigned. A statement from Mozilla read:
“Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.”
Apparently they only support free speech when it is convenient. Brendan Eich didn’t make any homophobic remarks, he didn’t fire anyone for being gay, and he didn’t refuse to hire someone for being gay. As a company, Mozilla provides the same benefits to same sex couples across the United States, even in states where it isn’t mandated, a policy that was to continue with Mr. Eich as CEO. All Mr. Eich did was donate $1,000 to support California’s Proposition 8, the amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage. The amendment passed and was later overturned as unconstitutional, a decision that I happen to agree with. I am an open supporter of the LGBT community. I support marriage for all! I support equal rights! I also support the freedom of people to support causes that they believe.
The statement later said:
“Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.”
That leads me to ask: does anyone at Mozilla know what diversity is? Do they own a dictionary? Have they ever Googled the word? To be honest I don’t own a dictionary either, but I did Google it. According to Webster’s online, Diversity is: “The condition of having or being composed of different elements: VARIETY; especially: the inclusion of different types of people in a group or organization.” To me this means that people are allowed to have different opinions as long as they are respectful. Mr. Eich wasn’t disrespectful. In forcing him to resign under pressure from OKCupid.com and other websites, Mozilla showed that they have no intention of being diverse! They want a group of likeminded robots.
It isn’t always easy to stand up for freedom. I often defend drugs, bigots, homophobes and flag burners. I don’t agree with these people but I do believe in freedom and true diversity. I encourage people to have independent thoughts, be respectful of each other and have conversations. I agree with Mozilla’s inclusion and diversity policy which states: The Mozilla Project welcomes and encourages participation by everyone. It doesn’t matter how you identify yourself or how other perceive you: we welcome you. Some Mozillians may identify with activities or organizations that do not support the same inclusion and diversity standards as Mozilla. When this is the case:
(i) Support for the practices must not be carried into Mozilla activities.
(ii)Support for exclusionary practices in non-Mozilla activities should not be expressed on Mozilla spaces.
(iii)When 1 and 2 are met, other Mozillians should treat this as a private matter, not a Mozilla issue.
The only problem is that Mozilla doesn’t agree with this policy.