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Cathie Lesjak

Jesse Jackson's Silicon Valley Shakedown

Last week, civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson showed up at Hewlett-Packard's (NYSE:HPQ) annual shareholder meeting. His mission: to call out H-P, Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), and other leading technology companies on the lack of diversity among their leadership teams, among other things.  While I would never even think of suggesting that Jackson seeks to profit from his actions, or that companies he shakes down – I mean "protests" – in this manner usually end up buying him off with donations and contracts, somebody should provide some facts to go along with all his colorful accusations.After all, the politically correct media seems comfortable being led around by the collar, mimicking talking points about discrimination and "all-white" syndrome in Silicon Valley. Meanwhile, spineless executives who are terrified of being labeled racists kowtow to self-serving activist bullies like Jackson. It's truly pathetic.What's even mo...

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