If this doesn't scare you, it should.
Jonan Diaz, a LEGAL Cuban immigrant, has spoken out and accused AT&T for firing him over his opinion about black lives matter.
Diaz NEVER posted his opinion privately.
These were thoughts that he texted privately with a friend.
During the private text conversation, things got heated and Diaz's friend got angry.
She took to Twitter and tagged AT&T and asked them if they supported "racist" employees? She then posted a screenshot of one of Diaz's messages out of context.
And boom… Diaz was fired.
Jonan Diaz called into the Glenn Beck program to tell his frightening story.
What's even scarier is that his friend eventually retracted her Twitter post.
Not only did she retract her Twitter post, but she also wrote to AT&T begging them to ignore her early message.
She claimed that she acted out of anger.
But it was too late.
Jonan Diaz was fired for having the "wrong" opinion about Black Lives Matter.
Unfortunately, stories like this are all too common.
A dean at University of Massachusetts-Lowell was allegedly fired for posting that black lives matter, but also that "all lives matter."
Isn't that true?
Yet... somehow that comment was deemed inappropriate.
Fox News has more details:
Leslie Neal-Boylan, the dean of the nursing school at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, was allegedly fired after she received backlash from a student about an email to the campus community saying "EVERYONE'S LIFE MATTERS."
Neal-Boylan, who held her position with the school for 10 months before being dismissed on June 19, wrote an email to the nursing school community addressing the ongoing protests across the country against police brutality and racial inequality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
"I am writing to express my concern and condemnation of the recent (and past) acts of violence against people of color," the email provided to Campus Reform, dated June 2, said.
"Recent events recall a tragic history of racism and bias that continue to thrive in this country. I despair for our future as a nation if we do not stand up against violence against anyone. BLACK LIVES MATTER, but also, EVERYONE'S LIFE MATTERS."
“No one should have to live in fear that they will be targeted for how they look or what they believe," the email continues, urging the nursing school students to "care for everyone regardless of race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, ability or gender preference."
A nursing student took issue with the dean's choice of words and posted the email on Twitter saying, "including the statement ‘all lives matter’ was uncalled for and shows the narrow minded people in lead positions."
The university responded to the student on Twitter and said "Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The university hears you and we believe black lives matter," redirecting her to a statement by the chancellor of the university addressing the Black Lives Matter movement.
After her termination, Neal-Boylan reached out to UML Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney, Provost Joseph Hartman and Provost Julie Nash, accusing the university of using her email regarding Black Lives Matter as an excuse to fire her. She said she had spoken up about other, unrelated school issues in the past, according to emails reviewed by Campus Reform.
Her firing was "attributable to one phrase in my initial email that otherwise was very clearly a message to NOT discriminate against anyone," Neal-Boylan said.
It appears that the thought police are coming after anyone who doesn't kneel before their agenda.
However, it appears that the widespread virtue signaling may be backfiring.
Consumers are getting sick of corporations jumping on social media bandwagons for the sake of good PR.
Even the apparently far left Vanity Fair admits that corporations are getting blowback:
In early June, the artist Shantell Martin received an email from the McCann ad agency asking her to paint a mural in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The mural was supposed to go on the boards covering the storefront of McCann’s client Microsoft, and the agency wanted the work done within days, “while the protests are still relevant.” Instead, Martin found out that other Black artists had also been approached by the agency, and together they published a statement excoriating the shortsightedness of a branding strategy that considered the protests—and, by extension, their concerns—to have an expiration date. (Both Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer, and Harris Diamond, head of McCann, apologized to Martin on Twitter.) For a storied agency the message was a rare fumble, but it was symptomatic of the kind of P.R. failures that have stressed out executives and dogged much of the communications industry in the weeks since George Floyd’s killing.
As protests against police brutality and systemic racism swell across the country, corporate America has scrambled to address what has become a national reckoning. In public, major brands have issued statements proclaiming solidarity with Black Lives Matter, to questionable effect. In private, executives have fretted about how to position their companies publicly and address their employees internally. In some cases, that worry has been so extreme that it has led to inaction as corporate leaders balk at making a misstep or putting themselves in an awkward position.
With leadership often out of practice with having conversations about race, not to mention taking real steps to address problems, turmoil has beset the boardrooms. “There’s a sense of panic because of the temperature of our country right now,” said Alexis Davis Smith, president and CEO of Atlanta–based PRecise Communications. “Companies are panicking because...they don’t know what to do. And a lot of times when people don’t know what to do, they don’t do anything.”
Across the P.R. industry, messaging that leverages the national conversation around social issues has become de rigueur, to mixed effect. Go to any corporate social media account, and the replies to bland statements in support of Black Lives Matter are eviscerating. That has put executives on edge about stewarding their companies through. “Clients come to us with examples, like, how do we be like these people and not like these?” said LaTricia Woods, founder and president of Mahogany Xan Communications. “Brands are watching other brands and companies are watching other companies to see who’s doing it right, who’s making missteps and how they can avoid it, because everybody wants to be right and nobody wants to step into a minefield.”
There’s also “the brand legacy element,” explained a strategist at a boutique employee-communications agency. “Because when you have a larger brand that’s been around, say, over 100 years, so much of the fear is rooted in being one of the people at the table who made a decision that toppled the legacy and history of the company.” Some of the companies that the strategist’s agency works with have tried to start a conversation internally, holding focus groups or listening circles to understand how their own workplace cultures affect employees of color—only to stall with results, unsure of how to begin making systemic changes that could topple power structures established over decades.
The sad reality is most companies likely sent out pro-BLM emails and marketing simply because they were afraid of getting "canceled" by the mob.
They wanted to virtue signal to avoid getting called out on social media.
Yet... as in the case of Jonan Diaz, this can go on too far.
And when it does, it will be dangerous for all of us, the First Amendment, and our rights as American citizens.