HBCU Recruiting Firm Terminates Partnership with Google Following Tweet Exposing the Company's Racial Discrimination
Posted By: Kennedy Williams on December 23, 2020 |
Organization HBCU 20x20, just announced that they would no longer be partnering with Google. The decision follows a tweet from a former Google employee who revealed that she was fired back in September after dealing with racial and sexual discrimination from her colleagues. Going by the Twitter name, @RealAbril, the former diversity recruiter took to the social media platform to air out Google's dirty laundry. She claims that before her hiring, there had never been an HBCU student or grad hired for a tech role at Google because executives believed that sufficient talent and capabilities could be found at said institutions.
After being hired, the woman says that she increased Google's Black engineering hiring from HBCUs by over 300%. Even though she was making a monumental impact at the company, she claims she faced resistance and discrimination at every turn. When recruiting Black students for open positions, @RealAbril says that students faced demeaning interview questions and were given "insulting feedback" for merely attending a Black school. Her Google superiors eventually got tired of her calling out the racism, which reportedly led to her termination.
A Google spokesperson released a statement regarding the viral tweet from April and said, "We don't agree with the way April describes her departure, but it's not appropriate for us to provide a commentary about her claims." While Google partially acknowledged the accusations, not everyone seems too convinced.
Following this news breaking, HBCU 20x20, announced that they would no longer associate themselves with the giant tech company. In a tweet, Nicole Tinson, founder and chief executive of the HBCU group, said, "We refuse to partner with a company that continues to oust/disrespect Black people. Black people deserve better, and it's clear Google has not find (sic) the need to do better. We do not encourage working or interning at Google."
Even though the tech company claims to be dedicated to helping expand its recruiting efforts of HBCU graduates, the imputations made seem to be pretty damaging.
HBCU CONNECT, the leading organization focused on connecting employers with HBCU students and graduates has also worked with Google in the past. In 2018, Google partnered with HBCUConnect.com to host a special recruitment event that saw over 100 black tech professionals from the Bay Area attend. While the event was an overwhelming success, Google made no attempts to continue the outreach to Black professionals and HBCU Grads through the partnership.
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Joel SavageI have published some few articles about the negative activities of Goolge, and even posted one on this platform but I don't know if anyone believes me. This article from Kennedy Williams reveals Google is not the kind of company that wants everyone to know.
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