July 9th, 2014 | Published in Uncategorized
Last night after Scott Kveton resigned, I agonized over how to fit all of the hurt I’ve heard from friends and the impact on our local tech community into a tweet.
I rewrote the tweet several times. So much rewriting that when I look at it now, I see fragments of previous incarnations still in the tweet.
All that rewriting was for naught. I failed to convey what I meant. The tweet came off as tone-deaf at best and at worst could contribute to an environment that makes women who have been assaulted feel that it is unsafe to come forward.
I’m very sorry. Too many people I care deeply about have been victims of sexual assault. The fact that I might have contributed to an environment that makes it harder for women to speak up, even inadvertently, is inexcusable and saddens me immensely.
One factor that contributed to how my tweet landed was the fact that it was included in an Oregonian article under a sentence that said that “the decision to step down received immediate, sympathetic responses from within Portland’s tight-knit tech community.”
This framed my tweet in a much more negative way than it was intended. In no way does it excuse my mistake, but it did contribute to a more negative portrayal.
To be clear, I meant my tweet as support for the employees and families at Urban Airship that I know who have had nothing to with this matter. I condemn the actions that Scott Kveton is accused of. And I support the victim in what must have been a difficult and painful experience.
I hope people can accept my apology. And I promise to more conscious of the message that such ambiguously-phrased support sends to the people in our industry and community. These are complex and often painfully-personal issues that deserve a more careful and considerate effort.
I want to continue trying my best to help make ours a more inclusive and supportive community, especially for those who need that most.