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PROFESSOR: Self-Segregation Is What's Keeping African Americans Out Of Silicon Valley
TBI ^ | 3-5-2012 | Vivian Giang

Posted on 03/05/2012 11:14:54 AM PST by blam

PROFESSOR: Self-Segregation Is What's Keeping African Americans Out Of Silicon Valley

Vivian Giang
March 5, 2012

And it's all because of self-segregation, says Maya Beasley, author of Opting Out: Losing The Potential Of American's Young Black Elite and an assistant professor of sociology and African-American studies at the University of Connecticut.

Beasley, who is bi-racial, noticed the trend as a graduate student at Stanford University in Palo Alto, the heart of Silicon Valley. Beasley told Joseph Walker at the Wall Street Journal's FINS that she witnessed a "fair amount of Asians and South Asians and a lot of white people, but there really weren't any African-Americans. You'd pick up the paper and find out about a new start-up but they were never founded by African-Americans."

Beasley says:

There's a danger in completely segregating yourself. When black students only interact with each other it really inhibits the information they're getting. White students are getting advice from their parents and summer jobs through their connections. If you're limiting the number of times you're spending with white people, you're also limiting the types of information you have available to you.

Black students need to learn to interact with white people and have some amount of comfort with them and I don't think that's asking a lot. I'll say freely that black students face lots and lots of racial antagonism on campus, but that's not the only thing they're going to encounter, and that's not the only type of white person they're going to encounter on or off campus.

Since there is already a lack of African-Americans in the tech sector, it makes others more weary to join. Instead, African-Americans are going into social work, education and government administration in large numbers,

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1 posted on 03/05/2012 11:14:57 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

“Since there is already a lack of African-Americans in the tech sector, it makes others more weary to join. Instead, African-Americans are going into social work, education and government administration in large numbers,”

In other words—taxpayer funded diversity payrolls. Nothing where individual initiative or responsibility counts.


2 posted on 03/05/2012 11:19:08 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: blam

An average IQ of 85 explains this. C++ compilers doesn’t give racial preferences. Code either works or does not.


3 posted on 03/05/2012 11:20:14 AM PST by reaganaut1
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To: blam

I know a Silicon Valley electronics company that was founded and is still run by an African American to the best of my knowledge. They’ve carved out a nice niche for themselves in a particular area of instrumentation technology.

I don’t want to give their name because I don’t have permission to do so and because they may not want attention drawn to the minor detail of the ethnicity of their senior management. I’ve personally dealt with the son of the founder and he’s a good guy; was very helpful to me on a project.


4 posted on 03/05/2012 11:20:18 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: reaganaut1
C++ compilers doesn’t give racial preferences

It don't?

5 posted on 03/05/2012 11:28:05 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: blam

The “hip hop” culture is a plague where ever it strikes. Born in poor Black neighborhoods, the self segregated Hispanic, Asian and White youth are falling ever more under its spell. Drugs, sex, and hanging out are more exciting than work although a lot more dangerous. Legalized drugs would only increase the pool of slackers and force them into other criminal enterprises that the already have something of a monopoly on (robbery, pimping/prostitution, protection). Tribal in nature, people quickly adapt to it.


6 posted on 03/05/2012 11:28:20 AM PST by JimSEA
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To: Steely Tom

I don’t think anybody believes that blacks CAN’T do it.

But it’s another case of appearing too “white”, so they WON’T do it (by and large).


7 posted on 03/05/2012 11:30:21 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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8 posted on 03/05/2012 11:30:21 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: JimSEA
The “hip hop” culture is a plague where ever it strikes. Born in poor Black neighborhoods, the self segregated Hispanic, Asian and White youth are falling ever more under its spell. Drugs, sex, and hanging out are more exciting than work although a lot more dangerous.

Very well said and you strike at a principle cause of the problem.

9 posted on 03/05/2012 11:30:25 AM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: blam
Beasley, who is bi-racial,

So only half of him will work in SV?

10 posted on 03/05/2012 11:35:42 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
C++ compilers doesn’t give racial preferences

It don't?


I bet you is right about that.
11 posted on 03/05/2012 11:36:06 AM PST by crosshairs
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To: blam

Here’s an article from “National Black Newspaper” SF Bay View last year. The question “why?” is asked, and the completely unrelated answer, of course, is, more government handouts.

http://sfbayview.com/2011/black-population-drops-to-3-9-in-san-francisco/


12 posted on 03/05/2012 11:40:59 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: blam
Not so fast there-

1. A young 19 year old black man was mfg and selling the first RAID racks in the 1980`s out of Buffalo NY - met him at the first computer convention in San Francisco.

2. In Late 1980`s the first computer PC clone manufacturer in the East Bay north of Oakland was a black man and his son.

3. The biggest retail PC clone dealer in the East Bay in late 1980`s - early 1990`s Fruitvale district was a black man.

They were out there making there dough right in their own backyard monopoly markets.

The India/Chinese/Taiwan/Vietnamese clone makers in Fremont/Silicon Valley couln`t compete with them coz they didn`t have any grasp of the black PC market at all.

These American black PC dealers/mfg`s got first bids on all the govt [schools, county etc.] computer contracts vs. the foreign India/Chinese/Taiwan/Vietnamese. They had so much biz they couldn`t keep up with it. They all retired multi-millionaires.

The only hard disc recovery company at the first computer convention in San Francisco was owned an 18-year old black man from Sausalito, CA.

YUP.

13 posted on 03/05/2012 11:57:23 AM PST by bunkerhill7 (Black clones? Who knew?)
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To: bunkerhill7

Correct.

I have worked with several extremely competent black people in tech, there is no good reason there shouldn’t be plenty more.


14 posted on 03/05/2012 12:09:35 PM PST by buwaya
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To: blam
The one’s who suck the Maxine Waters “don't sell out to the man” toxin, will be forever left behind in any industry.

Skin color doesn't matter either; it's the culture. Blacks can be just as successful as anyone if they want to be.

Maxine and friends do not want that to be the case. They need slaves to stay dependent with money flowing; so Maxine can skim off her cut.

15 posted on 03/05/2012 12:16:52 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: bunkerhill7

I know some that as well, but they are the exception. There is no technical reason they should not go into high tech, but they certainly are not.


16 posted on 03/05/2012 12:18:24 PM PST by Starwolf
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To: blam

I wonder if Maya Beasley knows her days as an assistant professor of sociology and African-American studies are numbered. Since she is bi-racial, she probably will be thrown out of the the African side of her African-Americanism. Poor thing, now all she can be is an American. No more affirmative action. No more points added to her test scores. No longer able to attend rap concerts and get shot at. Lord knows this poor woman is in deep trouble. However the good news is, she will still be able to get free contraceptives under Obamacare.


17 posted on 03/05/2012 12:26:42 PM PST by Tupelo ( 2012 TEA PARTYER but no longer a Republican)
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To: Steely Tom

You have to have the permission from a black owned company to mention the company? Now that is a touchy outfit.
Get in the real world. If the company exists name it. I don’t think it is a secret within the tech industry that it is black owned. Tech doesn’t give a damn about color.


18 posted on 03/05/2012 1:43:10 PM PST by em2vn
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To: em2vn
You have to have the permission from a black owned company to mention the company? Now that is a touchy outfit.

Get in the real world. If the company exists name it. I don’t think it is a secret within the tech industry that it is black owned. Tech doesn’t give a damn about color.

I do live in the real world, and speaking as someone in the real world, where do you get off ordering me around? And who made you a spokesperson for "Tech" ?

And if you are the official spokesperson for "Tech," why don't you name it?

19 posted on 03/05/2012 2:03:16 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Steely Tom

I am challenging you to support what your claim. If you can’t meet the challenge you are a fabricator.
I don’t claim to be the spokesman for anyone. Furthermore, your last sentence doesn’t make sense.


20 posted on 03/05/2012 3:29:22 PM PST by em2vn
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To: em2vn
I am challenging you to support what your claim. If you can’t meet the challenge you are a fabricator.

And by ordering me to tell you what I want to keep private you're what? Trying to save me from being a fabricator? Who gave you that job?

I don’t claim to be the spokesman for anyone.

Then why are you making the statement "Tech doesn’t give a damn about color." How do you know that? Have surveyed the innermost thoughts of every decision maker in every technology company? If not, you're the fabricator.

Furthermore, your last sentence doesn’t make sense.

It doesn't make sense to you. That fact alone is not proof that it doesn't make sense. It is proof of something, however.

21 posted on 03/05/2012 4:02:36 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: reaganaut1

Well, having studied both Engineering and computer science, I did notice that most of the African-American students encountered significantly more challenges than the white or Asian students.

This phenomena repeated itself again during MBA studies when subjects such as Econometrics, advanced statistics and managerial accounting were on the slate...

I understand that in Detroit, less than 20% of this demographic can actually complete the dumbed-down ghetto high schools. Disturbing information.


22 posted on 03/06/2012 1:42:39 AM PST by Bon mots ("When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...")
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To: blam

The culture of made-up names can’t help, either.


23 posted on 03/06/2012 1:56:32 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: blam

tech ping


24 posted on 03/06/2012 3:34:56 AM PST by Democrat_media (China is destroying all our jobs and manufacturing ability. China makes everything.)
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To: Steely Tom

You made the claim. I didn’t. The burden of proof is yours not mine. Try as you will to obfuscate the issue, a challenge to your statement is a challenge and nothing more.
Making the claim in a public forum and then relying on a claim of privacy about a public enterprise is senseless, and makes your claim questionable when it need not be.
A reading of publications and press releases concerning tech R&D, deployment and promotions will make it clear that color is not a factor in Tech. Ability is the driving factor in hiring and promotion in Tech.
No matter how you seek to spin it your last sentence is without understandable meaning.


25 posted on 03/06/2012 6:06:27 AM PST by em2vn
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To: em2vn
You made the claim. I didn’t. The burden of proof is yours not mine. Try as you will to obfuscate the issue, a challenge to your statement is a challenge and nothing more.

Making the claim in a public forum and then relying on a claim of privacy about a public enterprise is senseless, and makes your claim questionable when it need not be.

A reading of publications and press releases concerning tech R&D, deployment and promotions will make it clear that color is not a factor in Tech. Ability is the driving factor in hiring and promotion in Tech.

No matter how you seek to spin it your last sentence is without understandable meaning.

You need to get your medication adjusted. Do it for the people who care about you, if there are any.
26 posted on 03/06/2012 10:13:34 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Steely Tom

A poor example of dodging an uncomfortable question.


27 posted on 03/06/2012 3:41:17 PM PST by em2vn
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To: em2vn
A poor example of dodging an uncomfortable question.

An interesting claim. Got any proof to back it up?

28 posted on 03/06/2012 4:36:12 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Steely Tom

Your lack of substantive response.


29 posted on 03/07/2012 9:39:00 AM PST by em2vn
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To: em2vn
Your lack of substantive response.

We're covering old ground here. You've already demonstrated that you don't get what I'm saying.

Let me put it this way. I can get a magic marker, write E = mc² on the skin of a banana, and toss the banana to a blue-butted baboon. The baboon will peel the banana, toss the skin aside, and enjoy a snack. The famous equation written on that peel won't have any "substance" to the babboon... but that doesn't mean it is without substance.

This metaphor applies to you too, in a way. Except that the baboon probably doesn't have emotional problems and a deep-seated need to demonstrate its intelligence.

30 posted on 03/07/2012 11:12:10 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Steely Tom

Are there no extremes you won’t go to do avoid answering a simple question?


31 posted on 03/07/2012 7:11:25 PM PST by em2vn
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To: em2vn
Are there no extremes you won’t go to do avoid answering a simple question?

I'm not avoiding giving you an answer to your question, I'm refusing to answer your question. I gave the reason for that refusal in my original comment. That's not good enough for you, for some reason.

And as for my "going to extremes," I simply sitting here typing on my keyboard. Any extremes involved are entirely within the confines of your head. But you already know that.

32 posted on 03/07/2012 11:31:51 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: reaganaut1

>> An average IQ of 85 explains this.

You’re not serious, are you?


33 posted on 03/07/2012 11:33:21 PM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: reaganaut1
Code either works or does not.

That's harsh!

LOL!

34 posted on 03/07/2012 11:34:11 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: Bon mots

>> such as Econometrics, advanced statistics and managerial accounting were on the slate...

Walter Williams, Herman Cain.

Going off on a sin/cos...

I get it, I understand the tendency to generalize the academic plight of Blacks, but if we’re serious about the numbers, there’s no intellectual deficit among Blacks the prevents the rise of the individual, without affirmative action.

Let’s forget about the arrogant bigots that parade the flag of contempt for “white man’s knowledge”. They’re assholes, and they don’t deserve to carry the banner of Ignorance & Stupidity for the young Black kids that are starting their lives anew. And not to forget the hopes of the parents that want nothing but a healthy and happy life for their child.

To think Obama cut off voucher initiatives that help the children primarily in Black communities. What a jackass.

This another topic that really bugs me.

cos/sin


35 posted on 03/08/2012 12:03:24 AM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: bunkerhill7

Excellent theory busters.


36 posted on 03/08/2012 12:06:54 AM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: em2vn; Steely Tom

>> Now that is a touchy outfit.

Not at all. ST is extending professional courtesy.


37 posted on 03/08/2012 12:35:28 AM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: freeangel
In other words—taxpayer funded diversity payrolls. Nothing where individual initiative or responsibility counts.

Easier majors than Electrical Engineering or math and the hard sciences, too.

38 posted on 03/08/2012 12:56:59 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: reaganaut1

you said it truth!


39 posted on 03/08/2012 1:05:30 AM PST by dennisw (A nation of sheep breeds a government of Democrat wolves!)
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To: Lancey Howard

>>The culture of made-up names can’t help, either.

On that note, you must see this. South African comedian Trevor Noah on Leno. He has some pretty choice comments on the subject. The whole thing is quite funny overall.

http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/clip/1377327


40 posted on 03/08/2012 1:07:44 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

Thanks for that!


41 posted on 03/08/2012 1:14:01 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Gene Eric

A professional courtesy by declining to identify a public business he claims to be aware of? I don’t think that qualifies as a professional courtesy.


42 posted on 03/08/2012 6:38:54 AM PST by em2vn
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To: Steely Tom

Your smart ass personal attacks can carry on for as long as your wish. I am a man of unlimited patience when dealing with someone such as you. I would think by now you would have the common sense to ask permission, which is an asinine claim, to identify the firm.


43 posted on 03/08/2012 6:41:47 AM PST by em2vn
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To: em2vn
Your smart ass personal attacks can carry on for as long as your wish. I am a man of unlimited patience when dealing with someone such as you. I would think by now you would have the common sense to ask permission, which is an asinine claim, to identify the firm.

Why? Why would I do that? To satisfy you? Who do you think you are? I'm supposed to call up the president of a company I haven't talked to in almost six years to get permission to do what? Tell you his name? You must think I'm as nuts as you.

Honestly, you should be under the care of a minder. You need professional help. You are trapped in fantasy-land. I don't care whether you believe me or not. If you don't believe me, fine. What does it matter?

Personally, I think you have a couple of screws loose.

44 posted on 03/08/2012 8:04:48 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: blam
Probably more due to only 90 black high school seniors in the entire US scored 750 or higher on the math SAT in 1992.
45 posted on 03/08/2012 8:19:05 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: PapaBear3625
Facts?

Gotta be racist.

46 posted on 03/08/2012 10:55:35 AM PST by blam
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To: PapaBear3625
Facts?

Gotta be racist.

47 posted on 03/08/2012 10:55:55 AM PST by blam
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To: PapaBear3625
Facts?

Gotta be racist.

48 posted on 03/08/2012 10:55:58 AM PST by blam
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To: Steely Tom

One would infer from your original post that you were on a personal basis with those who head up the enterprise and chose not to mention their name out of respect for that relationship.
If that is not the case, you willfully stated a relationship that did not exist. Therefore, one must question the existence of the firm you alluded to.
Perhaps I should suggest that you don’t lie on Free Republic, if you don’t want to be found out, if in fact the firm does not exist.


49 posted on 03/09/2012 11:10:45 AM PST by em2vn
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To: em2vn
One would infer from your original post that you were on a personal basis with those who head up the enterprise and chose not to mention their name out of respect for that relationship.

"One would infer?" Which one? Who, besides yourself, has drawn this inference? By saying "one would infer" you try to make your nonsensical assertion sound like it has weight of the crowd behind it, instead simply the benumbing quack of a solitary intellectual pifflestamp. It would have been more accurate if, instead of the words "One would infer," you had said "An idiot would infer."

If that is not the case, you willfully stated a relationship that did not exist. Therefore, one must question the existence of the firm you alluded to.

I "willfully stated" precisely what I stated. I'm not responsible for what you infer. If you wish to infer that I'm not telling the truth, you are free to do so. I would no more try to dissuade you than I would try to convince a committed believer in onanism that he's in danger of developing an embarrassing hairy palm.

I've always said there's noting more pathetic than a fool who has convinced himself he's smart. You're a pitch-perfect example of that.

If you're really bothered by what I say, why not report me to the Admin Moderator?

50 posted on 03/09/2012 3:04:56 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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