An entire one-third of employees at the software company Basecamp quit for one simple reason: their egos couldn’t handle being asked to please focus on their work and job at hand, instead of “wokeness” at work.
CEO Jason Fried wrote to employees on April 26, “we make project management, team communication, and email software. We don’t have to solve deep social problems, chime in publicly whenever the world requests our opinion on the major issues of the day, r get behind one movement or another with time or treasure. These are all important topics, but they’re not our topics at work.”
Seems like a reasonable enough request. After all, a boss must ensure productivity continues. The Daily Wire reports:
Tech journalist Casey Newton said about one-third of the company’s roughly 60 employees took buyouts shortly after, with one fuming: “Basically the company has said, ‘well, your opinions don’t really matter — unless it’s directly related to business…’ A lot of people are gonna have a tough time living with that.”
Newton reported at Platformer that woke tensions boiled over after, in December, a new hire “volunteered to help the company work on diversity issues.”
With tensions rising, Fried said company changes would be made so there is “no forgetting what we do here.” Fried implemented “no more societal and political discussion” on company channels, saying it was a “major distraction” and “redirects our dialog towards dark places.”
On Twitter, one self-described “ex-basecamper” whose Twitter bio describes as “He/Him. ADHD. Software developer. Queer. High Maintenance” has been publicly tracking the exodus and fueling the flames. “Let’s keep track of the folks who are leaving @Basecamp and do what we can to find them a new home where they’re allowed to exist without being told they’re divisive” He/Him Breen posted on Twitter.
Florida Bill May Negatively Affect 'Woke' College Majors
Students applying for scholarships that want to pursue degrees with low employment prospects, may have to change majors if they want state funding.
Florida lawmaker, Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala sponsored bill SB-86, which is on it’s way to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education after passing in the Senate Education Committee earlier this month.
Under the proposal, money from Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarship program would be exclusive to students who choose to pursue a degree from a list approved by the Board of Governors and Board of Education.
An initial version of the bill proposed that students who pursue degrees not on the list would be eligible for scholarship money up to a maximum of 60 credit hours – which is roughly half of a full four-year degree.
The Senate on Monday revised the proposal so that students pursuing such degrees would have scholarship money decreased by a set amount, WKMG-TV reported.
Those in opposition to the bill feel do not want government involved in where scholarship money is distributed and feel it will affect liberal arts degrees.
Baxley made good points in a letter he wrote to senators on Monday saying that he would like students to pursue their passions, but noted that “higher education comes at a significant cost to both students and taxpayers and there needs to be at least some element of career planning involved.”
“We have awakened a giant. We have to reconnect the education and economic model and we have begun that process,” Baxley wrote.
San Fran School Board to Rename 44 Schools With Names Labeled Racist by Woke Activists
Many said this was coming, including Trump, and now the San Francisco school board president, Gabriela López, 30, and the school board voted 6-1 to change 44 schools names that have been branded racist by current woke activist, including schools with the names Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.
Parents and residents were troubled to find out committee members allegedly used references from Wikipedia and other unreliable sources to determine which personalities were racist and problematic rather than consult with actual historians on the matter.
Several of those citations have now been proven to be factually incorrect, including a false claim that American poet James Russell Lowell did not want black people to vote and that Paul Revere’s military activities were tied to ‘the conquest of the Penobscot Indians’.
Gabriela López, the head of the San Francisco Board of Education, continues to defend the decision claiming in a tense interview with the New Yorker that she doesn’t want to ‘discredit the work that this group has done’ despite their use of inaccurate information.
She claimed that she did not believe the names had been selected in a haphazard way, even after being read a list of the misinformation that was used in some of the decisions.
‘No, because I’ve already shared with you that the people who have contributed to this process are also part of a community that is taking it as seriously as we would want them to,’ Lopez argued about the errors made in the research process.
Lopez said that she did not believe Lincoln was a person she would ‘admire or see as a hero’.
It seems like we are well on our way to making George Orwell’s “1984” non-fiction.