The last few weeks have been pretty crazy with the controversy surrounding Mozilla’s initial CEO selection of Brendan Eich.
The outcry and firestorm came about because Brendan Eich donated $1,000 in support of California’s Proposition 8, a referendum back in 2008 that amended the Californian constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. The referendum passed, but was later struck down by the courts. From these ashes, the L.A. Times published a searchable database with all the donors who supported and opposed the ban, and that is when Eich’s name popped up in 2012.
However, it was Mozilla’s announcement of making Brendan Eich CEO a few weeks ago that caused the uproar:
“Some employees revolted and openly called for him to step down. A dating site called for a boycott of Firefox.”
And don’t forget about the news articles and blog posts fueling commenters, commentators, and social media streams. The writing was on the wall, so it was no surprise when Eich resigned after ten days of being the CEO of the organization that he cofounded.
What If It Was You?
I have been thinking about this controversy since it first erupted. It is easy to get lost in the politics, religion, and emotions surrounding this story; but I kept coming back to the same question:
What if it was me?
- What if I tithed to a church that believes that marriage is between a man and a woman?
- What if I donated, voted, or supported something (and in Eich’s case, democratically passed) that would be deemed radically wrong 8-years later?
- Sure. I will never be made CEO of anything near the size of Mozilla, but don’t the same rules apply?
Clearly, technology is not insulated from today’s culture wars.
What do you think about it?
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