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Apple's Tim Cook accepts award at Auburn, pushes for equality

updated 05:01 pm EST, Sat December 14, 2013

Cook speaks on gay rights, racism, immigration at alma mater

On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from Auburn University, his alma mater, where he earned his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. In his acceptance speech, the Apple CEO addressed a number of issues, but he dwelt for a time on equality. A video of the speech has been posted to the Internet, and in it Cook speaks out on gay rights, racism, and immigration. The United States should move toward equality, Cook says, because movement toward such issues is "right and just."

Cook gave a 13-minute speech, touching on his childhood in Alabama, the need for increased equality, and immigration. On Alabama, Cook said that he vividly remembered witnessing a cross burning while living in the southern state.

With regard to gay rights, Cook said that "now is the time to write these basic principles of human dignity into the book of law." Cook in the past has championed legislation to end gender- or sexual orientation-based discrimination.

On immigration reform, Cook said that the economic benefits of such action were plain. That, though, was not his primary motivation for supporting such efforts.

"Do not do them because they are economically sound - although they are," the Apple chief said, "do them because they are right and just."

Cook was not the only person honored at the ceremony, and he did not have top billing on the University's press release. That honor went to Auburn's "quality of life laureate": Howard Buffett, philanthropist and son of Warren Buffett.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Makosuke

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    Joined: 08-06-01

    Watching that, the huge advancements in accessibility technology in iOS over the last few years makes a lot of sense. I wonder if it hasn't been Cook pushing for the focus on Accessibility in the background all the while.

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 07-13-09

    And yet, he is fine with having secret, illegal agreements with other large corporations to stop trying to poach employee's from each other, in an effort to keep salaries down.

  1. Inkling

    Senior User

    Joined: 07-25-06

    Ah yes, we must not discriminate against gays, whose income is typically higher than most people, But it's apparently OK to abort babies by the millions because they're 'not human. But what are those like Tim Cook going to do where the two overlap? What if homosexuality turns out to be either genetic or something that can be easily tested well before birth? Abortion has already resulted in tens of millions of girl babies being aborted in countries such as China and India. Does he really think the same isn't going to happen with homosexuals and probably in even greater ratios?

  1. GopherAlex

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 06-23-06

    @Inkling: What are they going to do? They're going to sweep it under the rug, deny it, and make all discussion of it taboo, if not outright illegal, of course. Just as they've done with race and sex. Where have you been?

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Good grief.

  1. davoud

    Junior Member

    Joined: 01-14-05

    @inkling: Why are you blathering on about abortion in this forum? Take it to your holy-roller church.

    @GopherAlex: Do you realize that you wrote that it is illegal to discuss race and sex? Really?

    @Tim Cook: Your salary is a bit over $1 million PER DAY. Equality?

  1. climacs

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 09-06-01

    holy non-sequitur, Inkling.

    let me guess, you are a MALE.

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