When exactly is the foreseeable future? That’s how long we’ll have to wait to see an African-American on the board of Facebook.
According to a report in The Hill, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg told members of the Congressional Black Caucus that the company is committed to hiring an African-American to its board of directors “within the foreseeable future.”
Facebook and other tech companies have been under fire for their lack of diversity. Facebook has a global director of diversity and some initiatives in place to encourage diversity, but it still has no black executives. Is it really that hard?
The Congressional Black Caucus isn’t likely to forget Sandberg’s statement and be waiting to see action behind the words. According to The Hill, Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), a former caucus chairman who was in the meeting said, “We got a commitment today from Ms. Sandberg that an African-American will be appointed to the board of directors in the future.”
We’ll all be waiting to see how long the “foreseeable future” is. Hopefully, not when hell freezes over.