Twitter Must Give Racial Breakdown Of Layoffs: Jackson

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Twitter Must Give Racial Breakdown Of Layoffs: Jackson

Twitter’s recent lay-offs have disproportionately affected African-Americans and Hispanics, believes Rev. Jesse Jackson. As clarification, Jackson asked the company’s CEO Jack Dorsey to release a “specific accounting” by race.

Twitter unfair to minorities?

In a letter to Dorsey, Jackson asked him to make a public disclosure of the number and percentage of underrepresented minorities laid off last month when Twitter downsized. Jackson wrote that the number and percentage of African Americans and Latinos working at Twitter is appallingly low with just 60 in the workforce and none in its boardroom or C-suite leadership.

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Jackson told the media in an interview that Twitter’s vice president of diversity and inclusion, Janet Van Huysse, assured him that there was no disproportionate affect on the underrepresented minorities in the layoffs but didn’t provide any specifics. Jackson has again made a request to Twitter to release the breakdown.

“We will insist on it. So far, Twitter has been the most resistant to give us their data and then they are giving us resistance to giving us this additional data,” Jackson said.

In a statement, Twitter spokeswoman Natalie Miyake said the restructuring had no adverse impact on the underrepresented groups. Miyake said the company will continue its diversity efforts and believes it is on track to achieve its 2016 representation goals.

Dorsey committed to diversity

Jackson’s letter follows a Medium po