Doesn’t exist at Apple.
They’re coming for you next: Though Apple had actively recruited Antonio García Martínez and had reviewed his past work thoroughly before hiring him, the company fired him almost as soon as he started working for them because some of its other workers had put together a letter calling for his blacklisting because his published writings made them feel “unsafe.”
“Given Mr. García Martínez’s history of publishing overtly racist and sexist remarks,” the letter read, “we are concerned that his presence at Apple will contribute to an unsafe working environment for our colleagues who are at risk of public harassment and private bullying.”
All of this without even a hint that there’s ever been anything like such a problem at any of his workplaces.
The letter above, like the campaign against Martinez by hack press outlets like The Verge, includes a number of slanders and purposely false interpretations of what Martinez had written in his one published book, Chaos Monkeys, available on line from all ebook vendors and described on its Amazon page as
- An NPR Best Book of the Year
- A Business Insider Top 20 Business Book of the Year
- An Inc. Best Book of the Year for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners
The book appears to have been a funny and very honest portrayal of Martinez’s experiences in the world of big-tech, skewing everyone (including himself) equally. That some of his statements offended some is of no importance, since you can’t have free speech without someone getting offended.
Martinez, in noting how he had “upended” his life to work for Apple (selling his house and moving), also pointed out that the company was lying in its justifications for firing him. First, the company came to him, wanting him for their workforce. Second, it had carefully reviewed his past work, including his book, and had found nothing wrong with it.
Third, and most important, there was the false claim in Apple’s statement that implied, without evidence, that somehow Martinez had conducted himself badly in their workforce:
At Apple, we have always strived to create an inclusive, welcoming workplace where everyone is respected and accepted. Behavior that demeans or discriminates against people for who they are has no place here.
Martinez correctly responded, “That is defamatory and categorically false.” I hope he sues Apple. Since they have no evidence at all of bad behavior on his part, at their workplace or at any other, ever, he should win handily.
Once again however this story illustrates that a large percentage of today’s American population is entirely cool with persecution and blacklists, and is quite aggressive in using any tool to destroy anyone they disagree with or don’t like. Worse, too many administrators in the corporate world are either too afraid to challenge these petty tyrants, or are enthusiastically joining in with them in their effort to oppress others.
Be warned. If you want to honestly and freely express your opinions, as is your right in America, you will be attacked by these thugs. Do you have the courage? Or are you also cowed and afraid and willing to be bullied?
For freedom to survive the good people in America need to stand up with courage and defy these goons. Otherwise they will bully us all and freedom will die.
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