AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson Defends The Black Lives Matter Movement
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has come out to enthusiastically defend the power of the #BlackLivesMatter movement during a recent employee resource group conference for the company. Stephenson speaks out on the movement and how race is discussed in America following the murders of unarmed Black men via CNET:
“Our communities are being destroyed by racial tension and we’re too polite to talk about it,” AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said last Friday at his company’s employee resource group conference.
“Tolerance is for cowards,” he said in his speech, which was posted to YouTube on Saturday. “Being tolerant requires nothing from you but to be quiet and not make waves.”
The CEO later discussed his friendship with a Black doctor who shared his experiences in this country with an all-white congregation. Stephenson says the ‘All Lives Matter‘ rhetoric does nothing to help the racial discourse:
What drew one of the largest reactions from the audience of hundreds was when Stephenson quoted Chris: “When a parent says, ‘I love my son,’ you don’t say, ‘What about your daughter?’ When we walk or run for breast cancer funding and research, we don’t say, ‘What about prostate cancer?’ When the president says, ‘God bless America,’ we don’t say, ‘Shouldn’t God bless all countries?’ And when a person struggling with what’s been broadcast on our airwaves says, ‘black lives matter,’ we should not say ‘all lives matter’ to justify ignoring the real need for change.”
Watch the AT&T CEO defend the #BlackLivesMatter movement and speak on race below: