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April 24, 2005

Dissapointment with Microsoft

I am sure many of you have read of Microsoft's decision not to actively support an anti-discrimination legislation in Washington's legislature.  The NY Times has an article about it, Steve himself penned a memo on it and Scoble has coverage on it.  Having met both Steve and Bill a few times, I believe them when they say that they personally support this legislation.  I can also see why there could be many corporate reasons for Microsoft not to take a stance on this issue (For the record - they are not opposing this legislation but rather not actively supporting it).  However Microsoft is not just a corporation, its one of the world biggest companies and one that actively sets the agenda for the world technology growth.  Whether it likes it or not, its decision not to actively support "anti discrimination" will be viewed by the bigots and the Religious Right as a victory. 

Ever since I was a kid I dreamed of coming to America.  My uncle once told me about something called the "Bill of Rights."  He said in America people have "Rights" - they can speak freely and the people who founded the country believed in "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." I have lived in this country for over 15 years, my wife and kids are American.  The America I believe in welcomes people who work hard and play by the rules.  The America I believe in does not discriminate people on the basis of color, race, gender or sexual orientation.  The America I believe in is a open and welcoming society.

I am not going to let the Religious Right determine my America.   Let us not forgot what Pastor Martin Niemoller said:

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the communists
and I did not speak out — because I was not a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out — because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me —
and by then there was no one left to speak out for me.

Does anyone know how I can financially support this legislative initiative?

Posted by Venky Ganesan at 02:08 PM | Permalink

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Comments

Venky,

As an Indo-American immigrant, I had a very similar experience to yours. I believe in a very similar America. Fortunately, lots of people inside Microsoft expressed their displeasure and Steve & Bill have reversed their stance. See the article below.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/aptech_story.asp?category=1700&slug=Microsoft%20Gay%20Rights

BTW, the full text of the poem by Niemoller is:

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—
and there was no one left to speak out.

Posted by: ppk | May 10, 2005 12:53:13 PM

Just makes me wonder if Indo-Americans took the same interest in influencing the political process in India, wouldn't India be a much better place as well? After all, it's not like India doesn't have an equivalent to the Bill of Rights.

Not trying to be a troll...just a fleeting thought.

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