Reblogged from wilwheaton
Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.
We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.
Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community.
Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.
Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.
We have employees with a wide diversity of views. Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public. This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community.
While painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the web. So all of us can engage freely in the tough conversations we need to make the world better.
We need to put our focus back on protecting that Web. And doing so in a way that will make you proud to support Mozilla.
What’s next for Mozilla’s leadership is still being discussed. We want to be open about where we are in deciding the future of the organization and will have more information next week. However, our mission will always be to make the Web more open so that humanity is stronger, more inclusive and more just: that’s what it means to protect the open Web.
We will emerge from this with a renewed understanding and humility — our large, global, and diverse community is what makes Mozilla special, and what will help us fulfill our mission. We are stronger with you involved.
Thank you for sticking with us.
Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman
Sigh. This is what really everything has come down to. Someone does something that isn’t popular outside of their workplace, people find out about said something and come after them and invariably their workplace for employing them. Someone loses their job, company bows to public pressure, the angry people are satisfied that they won (i guess), and said someone has to live the rest of their lives in disgrace for not agreeing with what everyone else agrees with. Doesn’t matter if whatever it is that people are upset over has zero effect on how said person does their job.
As much as people like to throw things under the banner of acceptance or tolerance or equality and all those other nice buzzwords, it really means nothing. In the world we live in, you generally must go along with whatever the prevailing thought is and accuse the other side of being insensitive and wrong about their beliefs and shame them into believing what you believe in. Free speech is no longer free. You are no longer free to live life as you see fit.
Its not enough to treat someone with opposing view points with respect. Not even enough to accept those view points because they’re entitled to have them regardless of how wrong they may be. You must agree with it unequivocally, lest you be shamed into submission. It’s sad really.
There are no winners here. Its terribly unfortunate.