If Michael Dell Doesn't Leave Trump Group, Startups Need To Leave Dell

The tech world is supposed to be a world of diversity and acceptance of people of all races, religions, and sexual orientations. We all used to admire Google's 'do no evil' mantra, and nearly every Silicon Valley company has championed LGBTQ rights.

Sadly, however, with the arrival of Trump, we've seen a movement away from tolerance. And even after all of the horrible things Trump had done before this weekend, several major tech companies remained connected with him. Those included Intel, GE, and Dell.

But things changed this weekend. After Trump's horrible response to the Charlottesville white supremacist terror attack, Intel realized that it couldn't remain involved with Trump's manufacturing initiative. CEO Brian Krzanich pulled out of the group -- even though he had considered holding a fundraiser for Trump in the past.

Still, one major tech company continues to work with Trump. That company is Dell.

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When asked about their involvement in Trump's manufacturing initiative, a Dell spokesperson said this:

While we would not comment on any member's personal decision, there's no change in Dell engaging with the Trump administration and governments around the world to share our perspective on policy issues that affect our company, our customers and our employees.

So CEO Michael Dell, some of whose biggest customers are tech companies and startups, has no interest in even condemning Trump's actions regarding white supremacy.

The thing is, unlike some of the other companies that remain on Trump's team, Dell has A LOT of competitors, and those of us in the startup world have a lot of choices regarding where to get hardware and software.

If we really believe in equality, it's time to take a stand. If Dell wants to continue to get our business, and sell us hundreds of millions of dollars in servers, they need to stop supporting racism.

And if they continue to support racism, we're going to put our money where our mouth is and stop buying anything from Dell.

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