Maxwell Rohlfs is a friend of 3rd Law. Below is part of his Op-Ed for The Hill.
Silicon Valley prides itself on being open-minded and diverse. But this year’s election showed us that when it comes to politics, the Valley expects rigid conformity.
In 2016, the tech world largely united behind Hillary Clinton. Silicon Valley employees gave 60 times more cash to Clinton than to Trump. 100 tech leaders signed a letter calling Donald Trump a “disaster” for innovation. Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz donated a stunning $35 million to groups supporting Clinton’s campaign.
The few in Silicon Valley who had the audacity to support the other major party candidate for president were treated like blasphemers. When billionaire investor Peter Thiel gave $1.25 million to support Donald Trump’s campaign, the backlash was swift.
Catherine Bracy, former Director of Community Organizing for Code for America, was one of many tech figures who demanded Facebook oust Thiel from its board of directors. Bracy even tweeted, “Would like to see no women or people of color — heck, maybe white men too — accept jobs at Facebook until Thiel is gone.”
Continue reading at The Hill.