Tesla CEO Elon Musk often takes to Twitter to comment on “in-place asylum orders” or other events, but he seems silent when his employees really want him to say something — particularly about Black Lives Matter, especially when it comes to Black Lives Matter, according tomedia CNET. That was enough to allow a group of employees at Tesla’s Fremont plant to protest Musk’s silence and mark juneteenth, a June festival celebrating the end of slavery in the United States, by holding a rally at the Fremont plant, according to a report released Thursday by Protocol.
Other senior Tesla employees have also made internal statements, such as Valerie Workman, its North American head of human resources. Workman published a letter to Tesla employees, followed by an article on LinkedIn called “Bringing My Whole Self to Work at Tesla” about the reality of being black in the United States.
“Fearing for the lives of my husband and sons is an undercurrent that I’ve been struggling with, and I’m holding it down so that I can live my life (just as my mother, my grandmother, and my great-grandmother learned to live with this fact),” Workman wrote. “Even though I’m a person who advocates bringing my whole self to work, I’ve never discussed this part of my life in the office. “
Despite this openness among executives, Tesla’s employees of color want CEO Musk to give them some assurancethat that he is not only anti-racist, but also standing with them. For now, it seems doubtful that they will be able to obtain such assurances.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.