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Twitter's Diversity Numbers And The Mystery Of Black Twitter
Forbes ^ | 7/24/2014 | Tim Worstall

Posted on 07/24/2014 1:05:09 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom

I find myself getting very confused in this ongoing series of arguments and revelations about how white and male Silicon Valley seems to be. Companies are being castigated, castigating themselves even, for things that aren’t really under their control. Perhaps it’s simply because I’m not American and therefore am observing a culture different than my own. But then I see the arguments being made about “Black Twitter TWTR +2.38%” and find myself not just confused but perplexed. For the evidence being offered is the very refutation of the contention being made. This isn’t a cultural matter, this is a logical error.

The latest installment of this is Twitter releasing their workforce diversity numbers:

"We are keenly aware that Twitter is part of an industry that is marked by dramatic imbalances in diversity — and we are no exception.

"By becoming more transparent with our employee data, open in dialogue throughout the company and rigorous in our recruiting, hiring and promotion practices, we are making diversity an important business issue for ourselves." [...]

(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...


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1 posted on 07/24/2014 1:05:09 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom
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2 posted on 07/24/2014 1:06:53 PM PDT by dfwgator
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"There’s no particular reason, even in theory, to think that a workforce must match the customer base. The potato farmers of Idaho are, I’m reasonably certain, distressingly pallid in appearance but no one is going around insisting that the French fry industry is going to collapse unless diversity increases there."
3 posted on 07/24/2014 1:07:16 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: dfwgator
ROTFL!
4 posted on 07/24/2014 1:07:44 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: dfwgator

Man that is some hillarious shiz


5 posted on 07/24/2014 1:10:33 PM PDT by showme_the_Glory ((ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government))
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To: ConservingFreedom

according to this page, http://www.math.buffalo.edu/mad/computer-science/cs-peeps.html

only .25% of computer programmers are black. That might be part of the reason.


6 posted on 07/24/2014 1:12:59 PM PDT by MNDude
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Yes, and the ones who are sure don’t speak “ebonics.”


7 posted on 07/24/2014 1:21:08 PM PDT by livius
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only .25% of computer programmers are black.

The solution is obvious: Twitter should be maintained and upgraded not by programmers but by rappers.

8 posted on 07/24/2014 1:36:43 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: MNDude

Not in the movies....

Remember Samuel L. Jackson in Jurassic Park?


9 posted on 07/24/2014 1:38:40 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ConservingFreedom

The potato farmers of Idaho are, I’m reasonably certain, distressingly pallid in appearance but no one is going around insisting that the French fry industry is going to collapse unless diversity increases there.”

Careful you don’t give “somebody” any ideas!

Think about what happened to the white farmers in Zimbabwe!


10 posted on 07/24/2014 1:46:47 PM PDT by bluedogpdx
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To: MNDude

Would help if blacks stopped accusing their ethnic peers of “acting white” whenever one veers too far from “black culture.”

The article did mention something else interesting, that engineers (and males) are more likely to have autistic qualities. I wonder if blacks are less susceptible to autism and if so to what degree?


11 posted on 07/24/2014 1:55:20 PM PDT by John Robinson
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http://www.autisminblack.com/

Apparently the same ratio but black children are more likely to be diagnosed years later than white. Dunno if that means anything.


12 posted on 07/24/2014 1:58:45 PM PDT by John Robinson
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To: ConservingFreedom

Our educators need to explain why there aren’t many black and hispanic kids graduating with tech skills...
Why?


13 posted on 07/24/2014 2:14:33 PM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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>> Our educators need to explain why there aren’t many black and hispanic kids graduating with tech skills... Why?

I’m beyond certain that student personal responsibility plays absolutely no role.

Therefore the only possible explanation is the heavy jackboot of white society on the minorities’ necks.


14 posted on 07/24/2014 2:22:06 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: ConservingFreedom

The tech marketplace is extremely unforgiving.

Products that don’t work are quickly abandoned, and the companies that produce said products get a bad name equally as quickly and are shunned.

As such, most tech companies require employees that can actually do something, which leaves out a lot of the sexual/racial grievance and transgendered Aleutian folk dance majors.


15 posted on 07/24/2014 2:37:46 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Rope. Tree. Politician. Some assembly required.)
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LMAO you are bad

I see you never hear of gizgoogle


16 posted on 07/24/2014 2:56:06 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: ConservingFreedom

What kind of vile racists insist on pointing out that certain groups haven’t managed to keep up. So hateful. And racist. Did I mention racist?


17 posted on 07/24/2014 3:19:32 PM PDT by all the best
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To: ConservingFreedom

how many of the twitter employees are homosexuals ? the answer may surprise even governor cuomo


18 posted on 07/24/2014 3:52:24 PM PDT by Understand the stimulus
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Idaho potato farmers? lol What about those dairy farmers in Wisconsin and Minnesota? Mostly Germans, Dutch, and Scandinavians - very, very white.

Seriously, when I was in high school (in the 1950’s), it was mandatory for at least 2 years of math. Then in the 3rd and 4th years, you could choose to take advanced math classes. As soon as we reached the junior year, the gender imbalance kicked in and it was about 2:1 male vs female. I suspect it was 2 reasons: a lot of the gals thought math was hard and why bother because they would not need math if they got married, & perhaps it was actually not a subject they liked - maybe boys really were better at math?

I have one niece who is/was a wizz at math, and now when she is older, she is still obviously just a tad above her sisters and cousins in most subjects. She is not only very bright, but she is super confident. Her three sons are all into engineering fields.

Why is it that no one actually put into print another area of racial inequality - the NBA!!! NFL???


19 posted on 07/24/2014 5:47:19 PM PDT by Gumdrop (~)
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To: ConservingFreedom

I’m not for all the hand-wringing about the far greater numbers of men than women in the tech world, but to chalk it up to women not having the aptitude for it is stupid and insulting. But do they nearly as often have an interest in it? No.

Meanwhile, where there is substantial evidence that aptitude is involved, the differing numbers by race, this writer manages to miss again—bypassing aptitude and explaining it away by quality of schools. (Though yes, I expect there is some of that involved.)

On his larger point, I do believe he is correct.


20 posted on 07/24/2014 5:56:17 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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