Fired Developer Evangelist Adria Richards Speaks Out, Calls For Inclusion and Change

March 29, 2013  |  

She sparked a major debate over the issue of privacy and tweets. And now developer evangelist Adria Richards, who was fired from SendGrid after tweeting pics of of other techies she overheard making what she says were risque innuendos, has finally issued a statement.

As we reported, SendGrid said they fired Richards because, “Her decision to tweet the comments and photographs of the people who made the comments crossed the line. Publicly shaming the offenders – and bystanders – was not the appropriate way to handle the situation.”

Richards seemly shut down all communication about the incident. Now she finally has, as Black Enterprise reports. Although she says she can’t go into specifics, Richards’ statement, which was published by All Things D, says, in part:

Development is about innovation, creativity, and in a grand sense, the betterment of human society through technology. So, it stands to reason that everyone should have a seat at the table, and everyone involved in this vital community should feel welcome, safe and respected. 

…Debate and recrimination can and must give way to dialog that explores the root causes of these issues in the tech industry. As developers and members of the startup community, we can welcome newcomers, women and people of color who, as of now, are under-represented in our ranks…We can solidify the values of our workplaces (yes, conference spaces are workplaces!), and set new, positive and inclusive examples for other professional disciplines.

…I do not, at this time, wish to concentrate on the fallout of the last several days. Instead, I want to be an integral part of a diverse, core group of individuals that comes together in a spirit of healing and openness to devise answers to the many questions that have arisen in the last week. Together, we can work to make the tech world a better place to work for everyone, and in doing so, we make the wider world a better place for all.

What do you think about Richards’ statement?

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