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Jesse Jackson Takes on Tech's Lack of Diversity
Scientific Computing/AP ^ | Wed, 03/19/2014 - 9:50am | Jesse Washington and Martha Mendoza

Posted on 03/27/2014 10:01:29 AM PDT by null and void

Edited on 03/27/2014 12:25:29 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson led a delegation to the Hewlett-Packard annual shareholders meeting on March 19, 2014, to bring attention to Silicon Valley's poor record of including blacks and Latinos in hiring, board appointments and startup funding. Jackson's strategy borrows from the traditional civil rights era playbook of shaming companies to prod them into transformation. Now, he is bringing it to the age of social media and a booming tech industry known for its disruptive innovation.

"We're talking about a sector that responds to future trends," says Ronald C. Parker, president and CEO of the Executive Leadership Council, a group of current and former African-American Fortune 500 executives who work to increase diversity at the top levels of American business. "He's speaking at one organization. I'm sure the people at Hewlett-Packard have and will continue to put some focus on it. Whether it will accelerate is to be seen. But it's a start."

Earl "Butch" Graves Jr., president and CEO of Black Enterprise magazine, says Jackson is shining a light on the fact that technology companies don't come close to hiring or spending what is commensurate with the demographics of their customers.

"Hopefully, what Rev. Jackson is doing will bring attention to the 800-pound gorilla in the room that nobody wants to talk about. It's high time that gets addressed," Graves says.

It's widely recognized that the tech industry lacks diversity: About one in 14 tech workers is black or Latino both in Silicon Valley and nationally. Blacks and Hispanics make up 13.1 and 16.9 percent of the U.S. population, respectively, according to the most recent census data.

"Technology is supposed to be about inclusion, but sadly, patterns of exclusion remains the order of the day," Jackson wrote in a letter released March 17 to Apple, Twitter, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard, Google and others.

Jackson said March 18 that he isn't singling HP out, he's just using the company's annual meeting to highlight the broader issue.

"This is not exclusive to Hewlett-Packard," he said.

As recently as 2011, Allstate, in alliance with Jackson's RainbowPUSH organization, recognized HP for its commitment to diversity.

"While we certainly agree that diversity is an important issue in corporate America, we're puzzled by Rev. Jackson's sudden interest in HP," said HP executive vice president Henry Gomez in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press. "Today, HP is the largest company in the world with both a female CEO and CFO and nearly half of our leadership team and Board of Directors are women and minorities. Additionally, nearly 50 years ago, HP established the first Minority Business Program in the United States."

Gomez also points out that in 2013, HP spent nearly $1 billion with almost 500 minority business enterprises in the U.S. and an additional $500 million with businesses owned by women.

"We look forward to seeing Rev. Jackson at our shareholder meeting," Gomez says.

Apple and Google declined to comment on Jackson's grievances. Facebook and Twitter didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Of course, the technology industry isn't without a handful of high-profile black executives. Microsoft named John Thompson, an African-American, as chairman of its board last month after he led a search that culminated in the appointment of Satya Nadella as the software maker's new CEO. Thompson, the former CEO of security software maker Symantec, joined Microsoft's board in 2012.

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Maybe this wouldn't be such a problem if studious black kids weren't quite so frequently beaten up for "acting white" by studying and paying attention in class?
1 posted on 03/27/2014 10:01:29 AM PDT by null and void
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Math is notoriously racist and sexist.


2 posted on 03/27/2014 10:03:14 AM PDT by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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If Hewlett-Packard hand any sense they would have had security summarily throw that race baiter out the door and threaten to charge him with trespassing if he again stepped foot on their property...
3 posted on 03/27/2014 10:04:49 AM PDT by apillar
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to bring attention to Silicon Valley's poor record of including blacks and Latinos in hiring...

Maybe, Jesse, it's because THEY DROP OUT before graduating?

OR they major in BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL if they do?..................

4 posted on 03/27/2014 10:05:19 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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When is Je$$e Jack$on going to complain about the lack of diversity in the NFL and NBA?

Not enough white boys there. Thats racist.


5 posted on 03/27/2014 10:05:59 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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perhaps the geniuses at “Level Playing Field Institute “ should get out a news release to inspire students to stop whining and “act white” ?


6 posted on 03/27/2014 10:06:58 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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HP needs to do what Toyota did when Jesse Jackson brought his reparations-road-show to town.

Toyota sat Jackson down in a room, and laid out page after page of private investigator research about how he was shaking down companies for cash payments.

Without a word, Jesse left the room. Empty-handed.


7 posted on 03/27/2014 10:08:52 AM PDT by Old Sarge (TINVOWOOT: There Is No Voting Our Way Out Of This)
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To: Responsibility2nd

This is right up obamas alley.

maybe MICHELLE can launch an ACT WHITE/GET AHEAD program?


8 posted on 03/27/2014 10:08:53 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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It's widely recognized that the tech industry lacks diversity: About one in 14 tech workers is black or Latino both in Silicon Valley and nationally. Blacks and Hispanics make up 13.1 and 16.9 percent of the U.S. population, respectively, according to the most recent census data.

I'd say that "diversity" is one of those dog whistles that Chris Matthews keeps hearing.

In tech industries, there are plenty of Asians (Asia-Pac and India), but that's the wrong kind of "diversity."

To Jackson, "diversity" only means Black, and grudgingly, Hispanic.

-PJ

9 posted on 03/27/2014 10:09:35 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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“Technology is supposed to be about inclusion, but sadly, patterns of exclusion remains the order of the day,” Jackson wrote in a letter released March 17 to Apple, Twitter, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard, Google and others.

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I wonder whay Jesse doesn’t practice what he preaches? Why didn’t he direct his own son into the high-tech field?

Instead of becoming some low-life politician in prison?


10 posted on 03/27/2014 10:09:56 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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Maybe if idiots like Kanye West weren’t considered the smartest black person on the planet. But really, the cause of all the problems in the black community is lack of fathers. I wonder what the percentage of tech workers know fathers.


11 posted on 03/27/2014 10:10:44 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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I thought that he already did shake them down?


12 posted on 03/27/2014 10:11:10 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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this photo is reputed to have been taken at a Democrack Convention

Id be willing to bet it was taken in the Toyota Parking Garage after the meeting...fiasco


13 posted on 03/27/2014 10:12:03 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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What a stupid idiot. There is something called IQ. It is a valid measurement of intelligence. To work in IT you need high intelligence. That’s why so many people from India excel in IT.


14 posted on 03/27/2014 10:12:10 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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Maybe HP could institute a new Telecommuting Program? They could call it the WFP or “Work from Prison”


15 posted on 03/27/2014 10:12:14 AM PDT by Autonomous User
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I’m not for any form of affirmative action, but if the rest of us are stuck with it, the liberal IT sector should be too.

On the other hand, the real discrimination is in the funders of IT: the liberal VC world is openly sexist, with gender ratios far outside of women and women’s success in the industry more generally.


16 posted on 03/27/2014 10:12:16 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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Jesse J to Silicon valley: “Show Me the Money!”


17 posted on 03/27/2014 10:12:52 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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It’s not just effort, it’s talent too.


18 posted on 03/27/2014 10:13:17 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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I have mixed feelings on this. The Silicon Valley liberals at Google etc. help elect politicians who support Jesse Jackass and his ilk. Maybe they should hire and pay incompetent friends and relatives of the democrat race baiters. The Silicon Valley executives should cut their salaries so they can pay for the “diversity.” The Silicon Valley liberals made their bed. Let them sleep in it.


19 posted on 03/27/2014 10:13:51 AM PDT by forgotten man
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“If Hewlett-Packard hand any sense they would have had security summarily throw that race baiter out the door and threaten to charge him with trespassing if he again stepped foot on their property...”

The better thing to do was for the CEO of HP is to challenge him with all relevant facts regarding problems within the black community and then ask Jessie what is he doing to try and curtail it.


20 posted on 03/27/2014 10:13:55 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Exactly. the sick part is they do go after the NBA and NFL, for not enough coaches and executives all while ignoring the blatant way-over-representation on the playing field.


21 posted on 03/27/2014 10:14:19 AM PDT by Phillyred
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Next Up:

Jesse protests snow being 100% white. Insists it should be dyed to match the racial makeup of individual Congressional Districts.


22 posted on 03/27/2014 10:15:11 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: Dr. Ursus
Maybe he moved past shakedown to protection? Keep up the payments so that bad press doesn't suddenly appear and hurt your reputation?

-PJ

23 posted on 03/27/2014 10:15:47 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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“That’s why so many people from India excel in IT”

Eh, not so fast. Most are very adapt at theory but when challenged to produce real-world solutions the projects usually are over designed and overly complicated trying to implement “book smarts” and need to be re-designed or scrapped altogether after months/years of work. Only after a good exposure to proper US techniques does their stuff work.


24 posted on 03/27/2014 10:16:52 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: silverleaf

25 posted on 03/27/2014 10:17:44 AM PDT by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: cdcdawg
Math is notoriously racist and sexist.

Yep. That's why "they" tried to get "black math" and "feminist math" accepted as recognized practices and disciplines to be able to recruit more members of those demos in to the technical disciplines.

26 posted on 03/27/2014 10:19:10 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Responsibility2nd

Spent 30 years in IT. I managed 30 people in my section. Not one of them was black. Not one. Does that make me a racist? Nope.

In those 30 years I never once had a black applicant for any position - never. Contrary to Affirmative Action, it’s a field in which you have to produce. You don’t just hire someone in order to meet racial quotas, they have to have game.

So, Jesse, my man, how could I have hired a diversity-person when no such person presented as a potential candidate? I’m at a loss as to how I do that. Were I to go out and forcibly herd in diversity candidates Jesse would have showed up to protest my trampling of their minority rights.

Logic escapes these people.


27 posted on 03/27/2014 10:19:17 AM PDT by RonInNaples
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That's just the fear factor coming from when they see him," Graves says, "because they know he's not going to go away going to make them PAY."
28 posted on 03/27/2014 10:21:35 AM PDT by PGR88
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When worked in IT, we always reveled in the fact that all the network admin folk, and our IT dept was a conservative. No libtards at all!

We always joked about how it was because it took brains to do IT work. Just sayin'...

29 posted on 03/27/2014 10:21:43 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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I’ve got my tin foil hat on. Weren’t there stories this past week on “internet access as a right” and “ObamaCare numbers aren’t good because people are too stupid to use the BHO care website”?


30 posted on 03/27/2014 10:22:19 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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I hope T.J. Rogers jumps in this little fray. Jackson tried this with Cypress Semiconductor 10 or 15 years ago and Rogers slapped Jesse down, in the press and on TV, and called him out for what he is, a shakedown artist.


31 posted on 03/27/2014 10:23:11 AM PDT by Ribeye (Protective headwear courtesy of Reynolds Aluminum Products- Extra-cranial RF Suppression Division)
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Jesse, Jesse, Jesse,

Neither you, nor any of your sub-IQ minions, could qualify to clean the toilets at Apple.

However, Google may have room for you ...to help design one of their politically correct laughable daily logos.

Oh, I have the pleasure of knowing a number of African-American STEM workers...all of whom have the very well deserved term “Dr” preceeding their names.


32 posted on 03/27/2014 10:23:30 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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How about the discrimination at some firms against workers older than 35?


33 posted on 03/27/2014 10:23:59 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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The better thing to do was for the CEO of HP is to challenge him with all relevant facts regarding problems within the black community and then ask Jessie what is he doing to try and curtail it.

Good idea. Here's more. The CEO could show Jesse Jackoff ALL the misspelled applications and resumes received from "his people". Show him the pre-hire drug test results. Show him the absentee and efficiency reports. Etc. Etc.

I know.. I know... that'd be racist.

34 posted on 03/27/2014 10:24:19 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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Alternate headline...

“Jessie Jackass runs headlong into the Bell-curve”


35 posted on 03/27/2014 10:24:20 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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Weren’t there stories this past week on “internet access as a right” and “ObamaCare numbers aren’t good because people are too stupid to use the BHO care website”?

Are you suggesting that Democrats are hypocrits because from one side of their mouth they say that people are too stupid to use the computer and internet, and from the other side of their mouth they say that not enough minorities are hired into IT?

-PJ

36 posted on 03/27/2014 10:27:48 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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Blacks and Hispanics make up 13.1 and 16.9 percent of the U.S. population

That statistic doesn't equate to 13.1 & 16.9 percent that are qualified for tech positions.

I'll bet these tech companies already hire every qualified minority that can along with the required diversity training for their White employees.

37 posted on 03/27/2014 10:27:54 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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I hope T.J. Rogers jumps in this little fray. Jackson tried this with Cypress Semiconductor 10 or 15 years ago and Rogers slapped Jesse down, in the press and on TV, and called him out for what he is, a shakedown artist.

I wish I had seen that. TJ does not suffer fools lightly, and his neurons fire off at an amazing speed.

38 posted on 03/27/2014 10:28:32 AM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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39 posted on 03/27/2014 10:30:55 AM PDT by PaForBush
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At what point does it become high tech industry's problem when Black kids choose to stay in bed and not to go to school, knowing their parents won't do anything, or are too afraid of the kid, to do anything about it? When did it become high tech industry's problem about all of those Black students who majored in African-American or women's studies because they don't want to have to think, or solve quadratic equations? At what point did it become high tech industry's problem because the national Black leadership chooses to lead from a position hiding behind the title of reverend rather than a legitimate academic degree in something other than religious studies?
40 posted on 03/27/2014 10:32:27 AM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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‘Zackly!


41 posted on 03/27/2014 10:32:30 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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“That’s just the fear factor coming from when they see him,” Graves says, “because they know he’s not going to go away.”

Well not until the rent a mob money runs out then presto JJ is gone onto the next paying protest scam.


42 posted on 03/27/2014 10:33:37 AM PDT by chiefqc
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Why wont JJ and his buddies start up a semiconductor design & manufacturing company and see how many of his people of color apply for the positions,,,
Put your money up b*tch !
43 posted on 03/27/2014 10:35:47 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd
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In 2009 NSF statistics, blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians/Alaska Natives accounted for 12% of students enrolled in graduate science and engineering programs.

Jesse is complaining that just "1 in 14" (= 7%) are black or Hispanic.

Out of 51,161 computer science grad students in 2009, 2,088 (4%) were black, and 1,371 (2.7%) were Hispanic, or a little under 7% total.

44 posted on 03/27/2014 10:36:06 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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Dittoes.

I wonder. If those people can’t even read or write cursive; what make Jackson think they’re good to go with Java or C++?

Hmm???


45 posted on 03/27/2014 10:38:16 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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Earth to Jesse, one of the best IT people I have ever known just happens to be black. His secret: he stayed in school, studied hard, and works hard - he didn’t depend on poverty and race pimps to get him into college or to get him a job.

I think the example might work for others as well, but I don’t hear you saying anything about that approach.


46 posted on 03/27/2014 10:43:24 AM PDT by jda ("Righteousness exalts a nation . . .")
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What lack of diversity? Silicon Valley is loaded with Asians and Indians. JJ only wants his minorities.
47 posted on 03/27/2014 10:44:56 AM PDT by Renkluaf
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No, but another good point.

I neglected to tie my thoughts together and suggest that it's all part of a coordinating scheme to create a demand to waste more tax dollars on yet another contrived "equality" issue.

48 posted on 03/27/2014 10:49:15 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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“What lack of diversity? Silicon Valley is loaded with Asians and Indians. JJ only wants his minorities.”

Put bluntly, Jackson demands HP to hire unqualified workers instead of qualified ones. I am sure they would jump at the chance to hire a “qualified minority” if they could find one.


49 posted on 03/27/2014 11:01:54 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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Jesse Jackson Takes on Tech's Lack of Diversity

Race Pimp Jesse Jackson Identifies Tech Industry As Next Extortion Target


50 posted on 03/27/2014 11:02:29 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The future ain't what it use to be -- Yogi Berra)
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