AT&T CEO: “Tolerance is for cowards”   ◆

Randall Stephenson, speaking to a group of AT&T employees:

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,” Stephenson said.

I’m not asking you to be tolerant of each other. Tolerance is for cowards. Being tolerant requires nothing from you but to be quiet and not make waves, holding tightly to your views and judgments without being challenged.”

“Do not tolerate each other. Work hard. Move into uncomfortable territory and understand each other.”

Unexpected for the (white, cis male) CEO of a major American corporation to express these sentiments. I’d like to see other CEOs step up and say similar things.

The entire eleven minute video is worth watching.