The Unbearable Whitemaleness of Apple’s Executive Team

Matthew Yglesias, Slate, September 4, 2012

Apple promoted a couple of people recently and rejiggered the senior executives page on their website, leaving us with the above tableaux of white dudes. {snip}


{snip} Obviously nobody’s going to be as reckless enough with a multibillion dollar enterprise to hire someone at the senior vice president level simply because you want to add a woman to the team. You want to hire the best possible candidate. But if you start with an all-male team of senior executives in an industry that’s dominated by men, then like magic nine times out of 10—if not 99 times out of 100—you’re going to discover that the best possible candidate just so happens to be a man. To get serious about breaking the cycle, you do need to find some specific space where you say, “guys we need to pick more women.”

A great place to start, in my opinion, is with the board of directors. That’s because nobody has any idea what makes someone qualified to serve on a board of directors and nobody knows how to measure board of directors’ performance. At a failing company, board slots can become important pawns in investor power struggles. But the board of a successful firm is just a mix of whimsy and patronage. Absolutely nothing is stopping you from adding women to your board other than a lack of desire to add women to your board. Apple currently has eight directors of whom two are women. It would be child’s play to shift that to 50/50 if you wanted to. {snip}



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  • ed91

    even though the movies try every now and then, it’s very hard to find a black computer genius.

    • alkoholika2010

       What? You mean the media lies?

  • Boereseun

    Why do businesses need to pick more women? Why don’t women start more businesses and make a success of them?

    • Oil Can Harry

      Because. They. Can’t.

      Blacks, hispanics and (to a lesser degree) white women know they can’t create a Fortune 500 company themselves.

      They instead look for successful companies run by white men and harass them about their hiring policies.

      •  Amen to that brother. Cry cry and cry some more. And if that does not work, call in the feds to implement affirmative action.

      • Rocky Mountain

        John H. Johnson

        • Oil Can Harry

          I applaud John H. Johnson and the few other successful black entrepreneurs. Sadly, they’re the exceptions that prove the rule.

    • Athling

      You have hit upon a very important principle. Now expand that outward and the reason this nation is losing its prominence and becoming a diversified Third World cesspool is revealed.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    Only a self-hating anti-White male would write such nonsense and only a leftest rag would publish it. Our indoctrination stations, I mean schools are working hard to create these brain dead fools. The real enemy is Matthew Inglesias and other NWO types. I suggest that Mr. Inglesias give up his job to a woman if he is so enlightened.

    • Church_of_Jed

      The words are important.   “Unbearable” means you are supposed to agree that it is unbearable and demand somebody do something about your agony of knowing that Apple’s board is “too White”.

      A year from now, it will be “almost unbearable,” because you will see one very light skinned black promoted from within to sit on the board.

      She will come from the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Fairness, Inclusion, and Improved Climate, which means she has a thick file of “discrimanatory practices” that can be opened at any moment for the plaintiffs attorneys.  Board seat will be hush money.

  • a “tableaux of white dudes”

    A snide dig if ever I read one.

    You want to hire the best possible candidate. But if you start with an all-male team of senior executives in an industry that’s dominated by men, then like magic nine times out of 10—if not 99 times out of 100—you’re going to discover that the best possible candidate just so happens to be a man. To get serious about breaking the cycle, you do need to find some specific space where you say, “guys we need to pick more women.”

    Why do we want to break a successful cycle? The formal works.  

    What special skills and insights do women possess that men lack or will increase the bottom line? 

    • Church_of_Jed

      As an Apple shareholder, I’ll sue them for fraud and misrepresentation.

      They must be cooking the books, because any company that is unbearably White just can’t be successful in today’s multicultural global economy.  Apple clearly doesn’t have enough “perspectives” on the Board of Directors, so it must be a ponzi scheme. Short the stock and sue.

    • Rocky Mountain

      Seems like a couple of white women did run Fortune 500 high tech firms and I think we know what happened to them.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Matty’s earlier claim to fame. What a cool “guy!”

  • anmpr1

    Interestingly, Ron Johnson, former Apple Store whiz, not too long ago moved to J.C. Penny.  He changed the name to JCP, and began featuring black male/white women miscegenation in their ads, plus marketing to same sex couples.  The stores featured large posters of blacks, and mixed race folk having “fun”  in colorful clothes.  The result–sales plummeted and no one seems to know why.   Wonder if Apple will take him back when the board cans him.

    • The__Bobster

      He also had the “brilliant” idea of getting rid of sales. It didn’t help matters.

    • IstvanIN

       He is ruining JC Penney.  They did well when they emphasized good quality at fair prices, such as their St. John’s Bay brand.  Sort of like Bambergers and Strawbridges were back in the 70s/early 80s. My favorite store for clothes (yes, I am a boring white, middle aged male).  Next he wants to do away with cashiers and make us swipe something or other.  When that happens I am gone.  I’ll shop on-line.  If I can not pay cash I’ll shop on-line.

  • Puggg

    Al Gore is on the Apple board of directors.  Why didn’t he get in front of this issue?

    • Cuz he’s too busy trying to build up his scam of charging all mammals for breathing and particularly cows for farting.  When he isn’t chasing down ManBearPig that is…

  • Ulick

    What percentage of the high tech industry is female?  I’d imagine that the percentage of female engineers, designers, programmers, manufacturers, and so on is quite small.  So if the percentage of women in that particular field is small, why must the Board of Directors for companies in that industry be a 50-50 male-female split? 

    • Vil

       What percentage of the high tech industry is female?

      Duh, from my experience at least 99% are male. You just need to take a look at any site about computers. You´d rather find a needle in a haystack than a woman there.
      They just aren´t as good with high-tech stuff as men. Well, maybe they just don´t care 😉

  • Church_of_Jed

    Because they might hire and perpetuate White privilege, which is a crime.

  • I wonder if all of these White guys were a mixture of gays and Jews, would they still be guilty
    of White privilege?
    I just can’t remember what cancels out what in the hierarchy.

    And seriously would what adding a brown face really bring to the table other than window
    dressing, you might as well have a chair with a black crash test dummy in a cupboard of each board room to wheel out for photo ops.

  • extragirl666

    Actually I was given a lesson on how great diversity in management can be. We were given  a lecture by a member of our management team. Her job involves being able to speak and understand english and or spanish in the united states. She happens to be vietnamese that could barely speak english.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    Meanwhile, tech companies do things like this to ensure that everyone else enjoys the horrors of diversity:

    Apparently it’s not enough for the moronic marxists at Slate.

  • WhiteGuyInJapan

    “That’s because nobody has any idea what makes someone qualified to serve
    on a board of directors and nobody knows how to measure board of
    directors’ performance.”

    Really?  How about past performance, innovative ideas and quarterly reports?

  • Church_of_Jed

    Are you watching afrovoodoo John Lewis at the DNC?



    He’s moaning about the “angry white mob” that
    beat him, and one came to him recently and apologized, and they hugged and
    cried, and that White man and N’gro Lewis “doesn’t want to go back, but
    wants to keep moving forward.”




    “Your [Diversity] vote is best tool we have to
    create a more perfect Union.”




    “In 2008 we showed 
    the world the true [Diversity] promise of America when we elected Barak
    Obama!’   (You could hear the
    dangerous  guttural jungle hate Whitey in
    his voice with the zulu way he pronounced “Baahh-rak”.)



    He says that we have to remind young people about the
    sacrifices made by those who bled and died so they could have the vote.



    We need to remind our White youth about all those of us
    who have bled and died because we gave Diversity John Lewis the vote.

    • ed91

       I remember steny hoyer taking lewis by the hand and walking him …………  somewhere…….  pathetic on both their parts…….

      steny hoyer is a very masterful crook and lewis is a typical racist crybaby…

  • sestamibi

    I’m guessing that a couple of the others are too.

  • If only the hipster, disingenuous, liberal, white, Occupy losers could see that the board of their favorite company in the world was a bastion of that which they hate most : White Males!

  • The__Bobster
  • pc must go

    No East Indians on the board? So many East Indians in computer industry.

    • IstvanIN

       They are not as smart as everyone pretends they are.

      • Sherman_McCoy

        Some are, most aren’t.  But they ARE cheap.

        •  Not so cheap when you have to redo their (cough) coding effort.
          That comes from a lack of inventiveness that is innate.
          Plus some think that the only way to get ahead is by sneaking behind the back of the more competent and stab them in the side.
          Experience talking.

          • Sherman_McCoy

            Sigh.  Yes, I know EXACTLY that of which you speak.

    • Ingsoc

      You mean like these East Indian “computer programmers” imported as cheap labor replacements for American engineers?

      Quark Inc.:  Almost destroyed by con man Alluka Kamar until the Board of Directors canned him.

      Indian outsourcing firm Satyam Computer Services:  inflated its earnings and assets for years before being caught. The result was a collapse on the Indian stock market similar to Enron’s. 

      Computer Associates CEO Sanjay Kumar:  sent to prison for 12 years after he pled guilty to charges including conspiracy, securities fraud and obstruction of justice. He has been sentenced to 12 years and fined $8 million.

      Windows Vista:  produced by Microsoft’s 30,000 Indian workers and an utter flop for the company.

      Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit:  led the company while it lostnearly $19 billion in 2008 and fired 73,000 employees.

      For good measure, Obama appointed Vivek Kundra, a past shoplifter who claimed a biology degree that he did not earn, Federal Chief Investment Officer.

      Maybe there’s a good reason there aren’t any Indian faces on Apple’s executive board.

      • Very informative post. Didn’t know so many Indian guys were fake to the marrow.

      •  There are qualified Indians.  I know several highly intelligent, honorable Indians.

        Intelligent, honorable men do not get promoted to advance diversity.  Con-men do.

        That’s why the diversities hired for diversity reasons are con-men.

  • The__Bobster

    The same people are telling health insurance companies how much profit they’re allowed to earn.

  • Marc Girouard

    You mean that the most successful corporation today has a completely non-diverse leadership? How is this possible? I thought that diversity was a great strength.

  • Church_of_Jed

    Africans in the jungles invented cowboy hats, and White privile John Wayne stole the idea from them.

  • If there is a big job that needs to be done, send for white Americans to do it.

    • Church_of_Jed

      Right- send White Americans to get killed while trying to save non white countries for the Democracy that will always fail; send White Americans to Africa to save the starving Diveristy that will then be resettled in our backyards; send White Americans to Haiti to gamble away our money on “rebuilding”.

      White Americans are the worst dupes in world history.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

     Absolutely nothing is stopping you from adding women to your board other than a lack of desire to add women to your board  

    Right. And absolutely nothing is motivating this writer’s concern for exactly the right gender mix at Apple other than an utter contempt for the free enterprise system and for white males and a desire to enforce gender quotas based on political correctness. We need to call these shams for what they are.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    That’s because blacks keep encroaching on white areas. As they plunder one urban area after another, they move on and spread the blight elsewhere, forcing whites to move farther and farther away.
    The next batch of successful retailers will be names we’ve never heard of, and they will succeed by setting up shop in the new majority-white exurbs, with the current big-name retailers joining K-Mart and Montgomery Ward in the ranks of has-beens.

  • David Ashton

      See if you can find Steven Goldberg’s excellent “The Inevitability of Patriarchy” (London: Temple Smith, 1977) in a library or a s/h book service.  Like John Baker’s “Race” it seems to have been thrown down the “Orwellian” memory-hole.

  • NM156

    Lord & Taylor? Lord & Taylor is for rich people. It’s the counterpart to Harrod’s in London, selling $250 polo shirts and $200 silk ties.

    • CoweringCoward

       I thought Lord & Taylor was on par with Needless Marcups (Roger the Alien).

  • IstvanIN

    GM is hemorrhaging money and it seems every other Cadillac and Buick bigwig is black.

    • Carney3

      Actually, GM is profitable.  Profitability is down compared to last year, but last year was an all time record.

  • APaige

    Apple went from an after-thought in the tech world to a company that transformed the entire industry, and then some. An industry based on intelligence, creativity, hard work and risk. There is only so much room for affirmative action hires. [Note to other companies-if you really want to emulate Apple please do not READ the article, just LOOK at the pictures.]

    • Sherman_McCoy

      And if they want to remain profitable, there is NO room for affirmative action hires.

  • Larry Klein

    “White males” can’t catch a break. They’re either getting discriminated against by AA, or they’re called “overrepresented” or otherwise vilified for their abuse of power by the MSM, when in reality the executive panel above is full of white impersonators. i.e. Jews, Latinos, Middle Easterners etc. who’ve anglicized themselves in order to fit in to the ideal of corporate culture. Think about  it,  the unimformed assume most all the banksters who’ve looted the country and destroy the economy look like Patrick Bateman from American Psycho fame.

  • CoweringCoward

     They are longing for the .com gold-rush  bubble that made the Clintons seem competent.

    • A Human in the NW Region

       Exactly. Americans must not be fools who ‘play up politicians’ as the facilitators of our good times. It is the business leaders and inventors. The IT explosion was nothing of Billy’s doing.

  • Ingsoc

    Looks like the comments section has been disabled.

  • Bad_Mr_Frosty

    He’ll probably close the comment section and delete all the non-liberal posts. Then he’ll congratulate himself on silencing all those evil nazis. 

  • Barrack Osama

     Doesn’t everyone leave comments in these articles? Let them close all the comments they can. Each time it happens they alienate more people.

  • Sherman_McCoy

    They can read?

  • whiteyyyyy

    I might as well say it as think it. Yglesias is half jewish. Only a jew would have the balls to pull a stunt like that. No need to remove this comment, this article invited the comment.

  • Long Marcher

    Ironic thing is, Steve Jobs was an Arab

  • Ed_NY

    I guess I will forfet about getting an Iphone 5.

  • Shawn_thefemale

    I knew there was a reason I love my Macs.

    • Major


  • KD_Did

    With the recent passing of a great white american, Neil Armstrong, a cable channel ran a couple specials about the space program in its beginning.  Nothing but strong, capable, brilliant, brave white guys… far as the eye could see.  It made me literally cry.

    • A Human in the NW Region

       Absolutely. Thank you for sharing. We all strive for the gallant Gentleman archetype in some way or shape. As we should! White Pride Worldwide.

  • Testing 123

  • America First

     So that somehow detracts from their competence, education or intelligence?

    • plaintruthforidiots

       No, but it does mean they have a paraphilia.

      • Rocky Mountain

        They’re plants?

  • MekongDelta69

    Coming from Slate (which is owned by the Washington Post), this is as hypocritical as all leftists are about every aspect of race.

    The ‘unbearable’ whiteness of Slate:

  • You are substantively correct. However, RICH white people will exist for some time yet, because (like Mitt Romney) they can ‘preach diversity’ and not worry about it affecting them- they are the ‘new royalty’ in the US equivalent of France 1790. As someone once said, ‘The rich can always afford their own apartheid.’

    • Church_of_Jed

      Our job is to force them to spend even more protecting their Diversity Free lifestyles.

      If We Can’t Have Whites Only, then neither should they.

      The coming chaos will substantially jack up their costs of protection.  They should pay more for the illusion of safety. 

      During the integration “crisis” enterprising Southerners would bus black indigents into the neighborhoods of Yankee agitators up North.

      We need to repeat, and repeat, and repeat. 

      They are sitting targets for enrichment.

      • sarah stein

         lol There is nothing the rich hate more than paying someone to stand around all day waiting for something to happen and not being able to force them to polish the silverware.  And you’re right, it’s just the illusion of safety. 

    • Rocky Mountain

      Well, if you were rich – I’m only assuming you aren’t – wouldn’t you prefer to “apartheid” yourself?

  • So an all White Executive Team that is excellence personified is an example of inequality; but an all black Executive Team would more than likely be a testament to the notion that black people can be successful?

    The modern liberal mind goes against just about every principle of reason and rationale.

  • The great thing about allowing writers like this to display their hypocrisy and insanity is that they don’t try and hide it or mask it too much. They wear it like a crown. This guy is probably better at waking people up and instilling a sense of urgency than most of the pro-White people I’ve seen.

    When you’re able to find someone to speak on your behalf who is charismatic, you get out of their way and allow them to speak. Conversely, when you find someone speaking against you who is brazenly irrational, hypocritical, spitting, stammering and stuttering, you allow them to speak.

    I say someone buy Matthew a new iMac, and then get out of the way and let the fool wear the crown as long as he wants.

  • Divide et impera. They’re trying to put WW against WM.

    • Persephone Gray

      Clarity. You are exactly right.

  • So one minute we “are all the same” and “bleed the same blood” etc, but the next minute – especially when white males get together and succeed with something – we need ethnic diversity and more women etc.

    I guess that all blacks must have the same monolithic view which is different to whites, and all women have the same unique monolithic view that is different to men, and that blacks need black role-models to look up to and women need women role-models to look up to, neither of which things are “racist” or “sexist” of course….. and making an issue out of the teams racial make up is of course not “racist” or the mind of a “racist” either.

    Good, I am glad we cleared that one up. The wibbly wobbly world of liberal ‘equality’ can be a pretty confusing place.

    • They are all kind of funny that way. Institutionalized kind of funny, I should say.

  • ncpride

    My question is this: If this is about more women being hired, what does White have to do with it? Exactly ZILCH. Another attack on White males that has nothing to do with the subject at hand.

  • Church_of_Jed

    They can take your money, and then cut off your head when you run out.

  • Church_of_Jed

    Let’s see them embrace the black buck Diversity boyfriends that their beautiful White daughters bring home from college.

  • Church_of_Jed

    J-words must be tolerated, or else!

  • Let’s put it into proper perspective:  Steve Jobs was a successful entrepreneur & businessman, not some technological visionary. When we’re talking about real deal, it’s someone like Dennis Ritchie or Ken Thompson (UNIX, C).

    Jobs is someone like Westinghouse, not Tesla. I admire his business acumen, but let’s be realistic about whole stuff.

    Second- women are not treated as they deserve here. Many of the original articles are shamelessly promoting radical anti- (White) male agenda & not a few posters have, due to their bitter personal marital experiences, been manipulated into stereotyping White females as in most unpleasant & shallow cardboard cartoons.

    It’s just what our enemies want.

    • Persephone Gray

      Bless you, Bardon, you really are a voice of sanity in the wilderness. From a loyal white woman — thank you.

  • Apple was created and founded by an Arab American ( Steve Jobs)-hardly a “white man” by any conservative standards! Steve Jobs biological father was one Abdul Fattah Jandali, a Syrian Muslim man. Steve Jobs was culturally East Indian, his inspiration of creative ideas from Vaishnavite Hinduism ( Hare Krishna), Vedantic Science and philosophy led him to become a follower of Swami Karoli Baba in an Ashram in Northern India. In addition, he later became a devout Buddhist ( another religion invented in North India). He even converted his white blonde Christian wife into the eastern religion of Buddhism and wed in a Buddhist ceremony! He has admitted that most of his creative ideas of design and perfection came from the eastern philosophy he attained from India. He was also a big supporter of Indian and east Asian scientific talent and engineers here in the west. In fact, he was rather annoyed by  President Obama’s reluctance to hand out green cards to all Asian science graduates upon completion of their degrees here in the United States.  Before creating the Apple Macintosh in the 80’s, he himself admitted that his fascination & inspiration for the culture and ideas he found in Asia ( India & later Japan) which he thought was more superior to that of the west is what drove him to excellence! 

    Steve Jobs- the creator and founder of the most valuable company on Earth was himself a non white, both racially and more so culturally!  

    •  Jobs was half Syrian Arab. HALF. Most Lebanese and Syrian Arabs are counted as White ( ).
      His “religion” was actually Californian Zen which is not religion at all.

      His “inspiration” from Asian cultures is seen nowhere his business career. And- he had invented nothing. For true inventors, one most go elsewhere.

      • A Human in the NW Region

         Steve did in fact engineer much of the early Apple computers. You’re wrong Bardon.

        He was a Zen Buddhist in spirit if not in hard practice. Somewhat fake, yes agreed.

        You are correct regarding his “Caucasian Credentials” as most Arabs are very white, in fact many have Green and Blue eyes.

    • A Human in the NW Region

       Aidan, the history is useful and on the whole helpful, however no one would walk past that man and call him anything but White. I mean, be serious if you’re going to critique the dead. Some semblance of respect sir.

    •  I’m pretty sure converting to Buddhism and talking about the greatness of Eastern culture is a pretty common characteristic of the upper middle class white hippie culture he came from, but thanks for playing.

  • A Human in the NW Region

     Indeed. Nor the unbearable blackness of rap groups, R&B groups, the NFL, …

  • GM (Australia)

    Do they have a diversity target over at Samsung? 

  • Puggg

    Unbearable non-whiteness:  I’m waiting for AR to post the news for today, and one of the banner ads was for Microsoft Office.  Clicking the ad leads to a link that shows a light skinned black boy, an Asian boy, a South Asian girl and an Arab girl as stock photo models.

    •  Their hypocrisy and agendas run as deep as their pockets.

  • A Human in the NW Region

     No, your analysis is false because you include India. Why? India is a basket (and basket case) of a bunch of weird ethnic groups, derivations, re-combinations, and segregations, indeed that is why it is such a miserable and faulty place in every way. Abject failures formed from the frothy melting pot of Dumb-Versity University. Have a glance at a picture of any Indian city, it will look like the craziest carnival ever invented. However, it’s a REAL PLACE!

    • Persephone Gray

      India is a perfect example of what happens when people attempt to maintain a segregated multiracial society for a few thousand years.

      • Carney3

        It would have become a hell hole far sooner without the segregation.  But yes I agree with your implication that geographic separation is better.

  • Persephone Gray

    Best comeback here. Really, that is an excellent — and barbed – point!

  • Apple fell backasswards into success by facilitating the theft of music via MP3 format. They produced a pretty container to hold all your ill gotten music. When the iPod landed on store shelves less that 5% of all MP3 downloads were purchased legally. 

  •  Slightly OT:

    GOOG wants to install fiber in KCMO for gigabit tiers, but it doesn’t want to install it where nobody is interested in it, to keep infrastructure costs down.

    Guess what this means.  It’s the good ole “East of Prospect West of Prospect” deal again.

    Besides, why are we in a big damned hurry for gigabit wired anyway?  For one, there’s Say’s Law:  When most people got megabit-tier broadband, it didn’t result in webpages loading instantly, it resulted in webmasters loading down their websites with junk.  Supply creates its own demand.  When gigabit penetration is majority to universal, every website will auto-load a 3D-HD hologram video.

    Also, why does KCMO west of Prospect want gigabit anyway?  Are mahogany mobs not being organized quickly enough on megabit tiers?

  • Persephone Gray

    Sometimes that “look” is just the sign of a socially-inept beta-male Asperger’s nerd.

  • Puggg

    The part of the Steve Jobs narrative that I mind the most is that he rose to success after a working class white upbringing in the Silicon Valley.  Can’t have a working class white upbringing in the Silicon Valley today:  The cost of living is too expensive.  A good chunk of the SV working class (white or not) live in cars and on buses.

    • Carney3

      Yeah, that was California’s Golden Age, of middle class white families, tinkering with cars and more in their suburban garages, pretty blonde girls watching handsome blond surfers, with Spanish placenames being no more than ancient history and local background, like French placenames in the Old Northwest (Detroit, Des Moines, etc.).

  • God, why does America HATE sucess??

  • Ingsoc

    Also the British Isles (my bloodline).

    We didn’t just make these devices, we created them, all the way back to Charles Babbage.

  • Carney3

    Yeah, how is China, which is basically 100% Oriental and 90% Han, exporting to the rest of the world?

  • Carney3

    Or, put another way, “stop giving ammunition to the neo-Nazis by behaving like their stereotype of Jews.”

  • Carney3

    Nothing to do with race, I guess, but it bugs me that none of them are wearing suits and ties.  A holdover from the 60s counter culture.