About Time: A Black Woman Is Heading Inclusion & Diversity At Twitter
— CandiCastleberry (@Candi) June 25, 2017
Lord knows Twitter has had its fair share of struggles when it comes to issues of diversity. Most clear in my mind was the way George Zimmerman was allowed to terrorize the community, posting pictures of Trayvon Martin’s dead body, with no repercussions or the way Milo Yiannopoulos taunted Leslie Jones for weeks on end with no consequences.
But thankfully, they’ve recognized that something’s got to change.
And the company has hired Candi Castleberry-Singleton as the new vice president of diversity and inclusion for the social media company.
The hire is an attempt for Twitter’s workforce to better reflect its user demographics. And y’all the power and relevance of Black Twitter cannot be overstated.
Until Castleberry-Singleton was hired the position was occupied by White men.
According to USA Today, Castleberry-Singleton comes to Twitter having occupied a similar position at Motorola and Sun Microsystems.
In regards to the new gig, Castleberry-Singleton said, “I’m so excited to join the team at Twitter to lead inclusion and diversity efforts for employees and the Twitter community. I look forward to bringing what I’ve learned to Twitter.”
With Twitter’s users being 28 percent Black and dominating so many of the internet’s conversations, we’re happy Candi is stepping into the party. She’s long overdue.
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