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Menial tasks, slurs and swastikas: Many Black workers at Tesla say they faced racism

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    The fact that a supervisor drew the racist image and thought nothing of it shows how rampant the discrimination was / is at Tesla. This is such a typical Silicon Valley techbrotarian response....

    “You hear, ‘Hey, boy, come here,’ ‘N-i-g-g-e-r,’ you know, all this,” said Mr. Diaz, who is African-American. Then, a few hours into his shift running the elevators, he noticed a drawing on a bale of cardboard. It had an oversize mouth, big eyes and a bone stuck in the patch of hair scribbled over a long face, with “Booo” written underneath.

    On that winter night in the factory, when, he said, a supervisor admitted drawing the figure as a joke, Mr. Diaz had had enough. He typed a complaint to a Tesla manager on his phone. “Racist effigy & drawing” was the subject.

    The fact that a supervisor drew the racist image and thought nothing of it shows how rampant the discrimination was / is at Tesla.

    In an email to employees last year, which the company later released in response to one of the lawsuits, Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, warned against “being a huge jerk” to members of “a historically less represented group.” At the same time, he wrote, “if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologizes, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept that apology.”

    This is such a typical Silicon Valley techbrotarian response. Being a racist piece of shit isn't bigotry, it's just jerky behavior now. Also, if they totes seriously apologize for their hate, you need to just suck it up. Way to downplay and enable that behavior Elon.

    These techbros have no understanding of privilege or discrimination and it drives me crazy.

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