Skip to comments.Where Are The Black Internet Workers? Civil Rights Bigs Weigh In
Posted on 07/23/2014 11:20:20 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League.
Jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are projected to grow by 17 percent by 2018, compared to 9.8 percent for jobs in other fields, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Thats good and bad news for women and minorities, who are barely represented in one of the nations fastest growing job sectors.
Its potential good news because it represents an abundance of opportunities for the American workforce, which as of 2012 was 47 percent female, 16 percent Hispanic, 2 percent Black and 12 percent Asian, according to numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Further, the technology sector could help reduce the outsize unemployment rate among Blacks in the U.S., which was 10.7 percent in June 2014, compared with a white unemployment rate of 5.3 percent. As National Urban League president and CEO Marc H. Morial noted in an interview with NewsOne, There is no doubt that opening the doors much wider to technology jobs and technology opportunities is, in fact, a key to dealing with unemployment and the underemployment problem in the community.
But the bad news is that the door to jobs in the burgeoning sector has been firmly shut to Blacks and Latinos, so much so that civil rights leaders such as Morial are putting pressure on giants in the online technology industry to diversify their ranks.
Under pressure, Google released diversity numbers in May after going years without revealing the figures. An estimated 1 percent of its tech staff is Black and 2 percent Hispanic. Meanwhile, Asians make up whopping 34 percent of the companys workforce, while 83 percent of its workers internationally are male, according to USA Today.
Given such numbers, a concerted effort by Internet giants to diversify could be game-changing for excluded minority groups, said Morial. It could be very powerful. Google and Apple and others are creating lots of new jobs all the time. Their companies are on the upswing. There is no doubt that given the importance of the industry as a job creator, we must as civil rights organizations push to open the door wider.
While Morial commends Google for releasing its diversity numbers, he said more work needs to be done. The next step will be for the leadership of Google to acknowledge the work ahead of them, he said. Like so many leading American companies, he added, they must map out a plan for diversity in hiring and supplier participation, as well as to align their interests with those of a very broad and diverse customer base.
I would compliment Google for releasing the information, but I would also express a great deal of disappointment that the numbers are certainly not where they should be given Googles importance and value as an American institution, Morial continued. I hope that what Google has done is going to encourage other companies in the tech world to be more transparent about all issues related to diversity, employment, supplier diversity, the composition of their boards and the philanthropy that they do. These are publicly-traded companies and publicly-traded companies owe some transparency to the country.
Twitter has also found itself in the crosshairs of other civil rights activists and groups, such the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and Color of Change, who are pushing the company to release the gender and ethnic breakdown of its employees. The activists are also pushing the organization to host a forum on how it plans to diversify its staff, according to USA Today.
Along with Morial, Jackson and others have been successful at getting other major Internet companies Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Yahoo to release diversity numbers, revealing that the technology industry is overwhelming male, white and Asian.
Twitter, however, has remained silent, Jackson told USA Today last week. For the same report a Twitter spokesman told the paper that the company had nothing to announce at this time.
It is ironic that Twitter is still resisting releasing this information, Jackson said. [Minorities] are over-indexed on Twitter as users, and we are under-indexed as employees.
Twitters silence is perplexing, given that Blacks, Hispanics and Asian Americans account for 41 percent of U.S. users, making the platform more racially diverse than most social networks, including Facebook. Black people account for 18 percent of Twitter users, compared with 10 percent of Internet users overall, the Wall Street Journal recently reported.
So popular and powerful is it among some Blacks, that it has spawned its own name Black Twitter. As NewsOne previously reported, Black Twitter has been credited with helping to sideline a book deal for a juror in the trial of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in the death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
Black Twitters voices also turned up the heat on celebrity cook Paula Deen, whose racial slurs inspired the #paulasbestdishes hashtag featuring recipes such as Massa-Roni and Cheese and Dont Know Nothin Bout Birthin No Baby Carrots, USA Today reports.
No doubt diversity education is key to improving hiring practices in the tech industry and the National Urban League recently released a report, Diversity Practices That Work: The American Worker Speaks [PDF], which provides a blueprint to help prime workers for the challenge. Morial notes that the National Urban League can assist American businesses in developing the skills necessary to manage and cultivate diversity and inclusion programs.
Additionally, Morial said that Internet companies wont need to reinvent the wheel as they diversify; in fact, there are job-training models in the telecom industry, which has worked hard to diversify its own ranks over the years.
During my public speeches at the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, I stress that we stand ready to work with, continue to push and encourage everyone, he said. If you look at telecom companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, they have diverse boards, philanthropy and diverse executives. Certainly, they are not where wed all like them to be, but they have demonstrated the power of diversity. Its one thing to talk about Apple and Google and others, but you have to talk about those that have embraced diversity historically and have made tremendous strides, underscoring that no one is where we want them to be. But its a start and thats whats important. Thats where were need to be in the tech world.
Heaven forfend that someone should go to school and learn enough to qualify for those jobs
Really? Jobs heavy in science and math have less blacks and this is due to RACISM? Barking up the wrong tree here. Or maybe not. Urban classrooms are more about love of tribe and diversity than science and math.
I’ve done a fair amount of professional coding. I’ve never seen code where you could tell the race or gender of the coder - it either works or it doesn’t.
It just takes a dumptruck load of hard work.
Why cant we talk about IQ?
in software and mathematics, a lack of understanding is painfully obvious to experienced devs
it takes many thousands of hours to become mid level (ie: good enough to charge)
it has absolutely nothing to do with race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or any of that crap. it’s personal. it boils down to whether or not you have the patience and discipline
I started writing software when I was 11. through high school I wasn’t doing drugs or hanging around wasting time while trying to look ‘cool’.
few have the drive to advance in the field
If the triggering statement of a BEFORE statement trigger is an UPDATE or DELETE statement that conflicts with an UPDATE statement that is running, then the database does a transparent ROLLBACK to SAVEPOINT and restarts the triggering statement. The database can do this many times before the triggering statement completes successfully. Each time the database restarts the triggering statement, the trigger fires. The ROLLBACK to SAVEPOINT does not undo changes to package variables that the trigger references. To detect this situation, include a counter variable in the package.
What? If that is a real sentence of instruction, then I feel as dazed and confused as Madam Shrek here. That sentence was never meant to be diagrammed, IMO.
But . . . . But . . . . We was told dat dat Bell Curve books was nots tru an is raceist besides. An it aint kools to be acting likes whitey and learnings stuff in school.
The doors haven’t been closed to blacks. They’ve been closed to people like me who barely know how to turn a computer on.
“Where Are The Black Internet Workers?”
Step 1 - pull up your pants
Step 2 - learn how to talk
Step 3 - learn math
Step 4 - learn how to program
Step 5 - show up to work on time and put in long hours
The numbers are exactly where they should be. They reflect reality.
The people are not where they should be to affect the numbers. When your people are ready for the jobs, they will reflect in the numbers - and it's not Google's job (or ours) to make them ready. That's up to them.
Are you speaking in cursive?
I don't know how many people here can understand data base terminology (DBase II here)) but they don't have to be coders to understand juxtaposition... That was brilliant!! I am still smiling. Am I bad?
The problem is you cannot apply AA to the Internet because it has to WORK after you've done tech stuff on things. The average entitlement black can use the technology, but does not understand it. They're like the native cargo cults of the Pacific Islands that still are trying to attract all those airplanes and ships that brought mountains of stuff to their islands in World War 2.
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Yup, its real. Lots of technical documentation is written just like that for the techies that consume it. There’s no way to write it much simpler in many cases.
Agreed. That's crappy documentation for what is probably a crappy system. Oracle sucks.
I would recommend Ms Jeantel start here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACID
Bell shaped curves are reality. Blacks and Hispanics simply do not have the same aptitude for technology as Whites and Asian.
Politically correct desires do not change reality.
Why didn't you just do that in the first place? Sheesh! :)
I'm guessing Moebius...
Can you recommend some way to get a child started in coding? I have a twelve year old who I think would be good at it.
Maybe they are too lazy to pursue careers in those fields.
They are under represented for sure but, overly represented in criminal activities.
maybe it’s a culture thing.
Better work on understanding cursive writing before you try tackling nested ifs.
This is not like road construction where you can give certain people a flag to direct traffic and thereby meet your quotas.
Writing software is extremely enjoyable (when it works) and extremely frustrating when it doesn’t. I’ve had situations where it took me days to figure out a problem—most of that time making no apparent progress. But you have to keep at it. Patience and discipline indeed.
Here’s the deal. The computer does not care about your color, sex, height or weight. It’s relentlessly logical. You can code systems that work or you can’t. Unlike in politics, you can’t get your way with a computer by whining or guilt tripping. A computer is a pure color-blind judge of a person’s ability.
Try Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/)
Oh here we go again....
The race-hustlers are never at rest until every Whitey and Jew and Asian is subjugated.
5 Tools to Introduce Programming to Kids
The National Urban League understands reality. They want tech companies to hire blacks who are totally unqualified for the positions they hold, and who are there solely to satisfy quotas.
They want to maximize the number of people who understand that their jobs and economic status are totally dependent upon the Democrats continuing to have the power to force companies to keep them around.
Make sense now?
are there any family members that have developed software? it can be very helpful to talk about it with others
software development is a series of incremental successes built on prior successes. i call them little victories. little functions providing a capability that when combined with others produce something interesting.
goals help. projects and challenges are useful. being able to conceive of the idea properly is usually the major hurdle. few people can develop successful systems off the cuff without a full(ish) design.
one thing i’ve noticed is unlimited game play can eat into development time, which could keep a promising developer from developing their skills.
that being said, for a kid, game development can be exciting enough to keep them focused on the task over time.
as another milestone, if they’ve shown interest and have developed for a while, consider a weekend project to buy the parts for a new computer. then spend the weekend together assembling it and then figuring out how to get the software installed and the system functioning as they’d like. it’s a very good parent-kid project and allows the kid to feel a sense of real world accomplishment once completed.
btw, some of today’s kid friendly tech would be:
2. c/c++ (core application dev language)
3. java (cross platform dev language)
4. windows (main operating system to learn/understand)
5. linux (primary operating system for most embedded systems)
6. raspberry pi and arduino (very cheap single board computers)
7. ogre (one of the many game dev toolkits)
one of my first projects was a lunar lander program. fairly simplistic game of weaving back and forth to avoid ‘canyon walls’ during a landing. after that, i developed other basic dungeon crawlers like rogue. these systems provide an interesting end goal while yielding some useful technical hurdles. basic graphics, disk i/o, user i/o, timing, database, and AI are just some of the things the dev would touch on while developing such a game.
i hope that helps. drop me a note if you’d like more.
Horsefeathers. The number of "Blacks and Latinos" qualified to knock on that door is miniscule, that's all. I'm a software developer who is regularly involved in hiring. It's brutally hard to find qualified candidates at all, in any color or ethnicity. It's not like we would turn someone away for a dumb reason like race, even if we could get away with it legally.
How many great technical minds are going to come from a culture that only uses math in drug deals and determining who has the biggest wheels on their car?
I can’t even find good sales and marketing people. There’s a reason technical companies recruit from India, China, Pakistan and Russia and it’s not the cuisine.
Excuse me? The only one cutting themselves off from these jobs are those who see getting a good education as acting white.
I don’t understand this either. I thought they taught computer skills in prison.
Guess the Urban league hasn’t gotten the message....blacks are being replaced by “hispanics” you idiots...reap what you sow
Internet companies appear to be almost universally liberal in their political leanings. If there are qualified minority candidates out there I am sure that they are gobbled up quickly by Google, Apple, et al.
Either there are few qualified candidates, or these companies are hiding their true racial views.
This black dude gets it. Of course it would also work with mysql and say databases as well. Strange as I am on a plane, I was still doing code review while waiting to get on the plane. I have written on this subject before...
Thanks! That matchbook exposes the major problem that stopped blacks from entering the high tech field. The Labor Dept. should have put a young black man and woman on those matchbooks they were giving out. That way the message would have gotten out every time a black person fired up a Kool menthol. Instead, those matches were being used by whites to light up their Marlboro cigs. Once again it is a case of discrimination! LOL!
Is it impossible to get through the skulls of some people that doors aren’t “firmly shut” for them? If you do not have the skills, you will not get hired. How difficult is that to understand? It is not a case of businesses refusing to hiring minorities. It is a case of businesses refusing to hire unqualified people who happen to be minorities.
I fail to understand why it is Google’s, or Facebook’s, or Twitter’s or any other company’s responsibility to ensure that Marc Morial (who can’t program his way out of a paper bag) is satisfied with the number of “minorities” they hire. If “minorities” want to be hired as scientists, or engineers, or software writers, or other well compensated technical occupations they can bloody well do it the old fashioned way. They can EARN it.
I’ll bet these race hustlers feel these companies should provide free training, at a premium wage, for their poor fellows.
Apparently, many people, like the writer of this article, believe all jobs are cases of people being placed there without working hard for those jobs. Somebody just wants to be a rocket scientist and voila!...they're qualified rocket scientists. The real world doesn't work that way.
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