How very cute and progresive, Twilio.
Race hustler Ibram X. Kendi will be so proud!
Twilio is a tech company based in San Francisco — surprise, surprise — and with their glory days of growth behind them it's time to cut some employees out of the mix.
And in progressive San Francisco, the only way to go about that is under what Twilio calls an "antiracist lens."
We reported that Twilio was gonna do this last week:
But now we know the company has laid off 11% of its workers through this "antiracist" plan.
"As you all know, we are committed to becoming an Anti-Racist/Anti-Oppression company," [CEO Jeff] Lawson wrote. "Layoffs like this can have a more pronounced impact on marginalized communities, so we were particularly focused on ensuring our layoffs – while a business necessity today – were carried out through an Anti-Racist/Anti-Oppression lens."
That's a creative way to say you just fired a bunch of white people!
Those who were laid-off will get "at least" 12 weeks of pay, and an additional week per year of service at the company. They will also receive the full value of Twilio's next stock vest.
Whoa, whoa whoa.
Under antiracism, it's clear that you're supposed to leave your white employees out to dry here. I sure hope none of those whiteys will be receiving these extra benefits. The only way to make up for past discrimination is current discrimination, right? Kick those whiteys to the gutter where they belong!
Maybe, as an antiracist-focused company, you shouldn't have hired any white people in the first place.
Now that would be progress!
Here's Lawson with more:
"I am deeply sorry to see you all leave Twilio. You have all been part of building our company. You've been our teammates, partners, and friends. I'm grateful for your contributions to our customers and our business. And we owe it to you to help as much as we can," Lawson wrote in the message.
Clearly, as we all know, an antiracist company can only be one thing: Racist toward white people.
So I'm guessing that's what's going on here.
If not, then I guess pigs are flying around London and Hell has set its thermostat to 68.
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