Jesse Jackson Protesting Tech Industry’s Lack of Diversity

Martha Mendoza and Jesse Washington, CNS News, March 18, 2014

Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to lead a delegation to the Hewlett Packard annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday 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.

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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 the 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 Monday to Apple Inc., Twitter Inc., Facebook Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Google Inc. and others.

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

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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 emailed 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.

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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. {snip}

Another African-American, Denise Young-Smith, runs Apple’s human resources department, which oversees the personnel policies governing the iPhone maker’s nearly 85,000 employees and contractors. She reports directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

And Google’s chief legal officer, David Drummond is an African-American who has been one of the company’s top executives for the past 12 years.

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In the past, Jackson’s critics have accused him of profiting from similar protest actions. These critics say that after Jackson targeted companies over diversity issues in the financial sector and other industries, some have ended up donating large sums to Jackson’s organizations. In other cases, the targeted companies gave contracts to minority-owned firms that paid Jackson for referrals.

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  • sbuffalonative

    Q: How does an Affirmative Action computer work?

    A: It doesn’t.

    • Dave4088

      It would in a movie directed by Spike Lee or produced by the Weinstein brothers.

      • Perhaps, but not even Spike Lee or Danny Glover would be enthusiastic about being injected with “medication” invented by a black tech worker, or flying in an airplane that one had designed.

    • JohnEngelman

      Laughing out loud.

    • Luke N

      Whites are the only race capable of advanced reason, logic and creativity. So, it is not surprising that all the most innovative companies are started by the white man.

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      News flash, Jesse:
      You cannot BS the compiler.

      • Brian

        The whole African race is a giant core dump.

  • Whitetrashgang

    Well there goes the death star and the American tech Industry, I guess the 800 lb gorilla wins this round.

  • Diversity Fatigue

    Inclusion didn’t put a man on the moon.

    • Bobbala

      … but it did put an end to it!

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        More diversity means less scientific and technological progress. Diversity will destroy western civilization.

  • Dave4088

    Well, Jesse, technology is also about brain power and aptitude in the hard sciences and your people just don’t measure up.

    • Malgus

      Ouch!

      You keep this up, they’re going to burn you at the stake for heresy.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “Hopefully, what Rev. Jackson is doing will bring attention to the 800-pound gorilla in the room that nobody wants to talk about.”
    ———–
    The real 800-pound gorilla in the room that nobody wants to talk about is not the tech industry’s alleged lack of diversity, it’s the fact that the reason blacks and Hispanics are not as prevalent in intelligence based professions is because they are, on average, not as intelligent as the whites, Jews, Asians, and Indians that dominate the tech industry.

    • JohnEngelman

      Guards! Seize that man! He is guilty of political incorrectness.

      • Caucasoid88

        Eh.

  • thomas edward

    Jackson: “Technology is supposed to be about inclusion.”
    _______________________________________________
    Who told him that???

    • JohnEngelman

      He made it up.

  • MekongDelta69

    Hi-Jackson: “Technology is supposed to be about inclusion.”

    Me: “Technology is supposed to be about… technology. What a novel concept.”

    • slash345

      I said that same exact thing in my head when I read that piece.

      Great minds think a-like. 🙂

    • Olorin

      Technology is the means by which really really really smart people make life better for those who aren’t smart at all, many of whom are hangers-on who would never survive in a truly egalitarian society (one that demanded everybody pull weight, with no excuses for categories).

      The inclusionistic philosophy (democratization of ease) has been the reason people in the tech industries are a major player in all this fuxxated nonsense which generates nothing but more demands for more ease from people descended from people who STILL haven’t invented the wheel and think pointed sticks are for shoving in other people’s bodies to jack they bling.

  • dd121

    Short answer to Jesse why negroes aren’t programmers: they’re too stupid.

  • Jesse’s single functioning brain cell sees only one thing: $$$$$$$$. Why doesn’t HE finance a black tech startup? It’d be fun to watch it fail, like so many of Obama’s pet companies, Solyndra, etc. Gibsmedat, you didn’t build it. Obammy said so.

  • CelestiaQuesta

    Wat….I try ta gets ah job at da iPod stor an da neber call me.
    I tod dem I nos how ta use it buts da donc care.
    Naw I gots sta find me ah cracker ta gets me ah new one.

  • ncpride

    “While we certainly agree that diversity is an important issue in corporate America, we’re puzzled by Rev. Jackson’s sudden interest in HP,”

    For heavens sake, REALLY? No idea, eh? Prepare for the financial shake-down, nitwit.

    • dukem1

      Gomez?

  • DaveMed

    In a sane world, Jackson’s demands would be seen, effectively, as an admission that Blacks and Hispanics are unable to gain these positions based on the merit of their own capabilities. In this imaginary world, Jackson would be embarrassed to tout his own people’s inadequacies.

    Of course, the world is such a festering swamp of shameless grievance-mongering that non-Whites see Affirmative Action as a right. Suitability for the job is such an old-fashioned notion… a relic of racist, pasty-White America.

    So, you see, there’s no place for shame.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    “Technology is supposed to be about inclusion”

    Shows that what Jackson knows about technology he could write on the back of a microchip…if he knew what one looked like.

    • Keep Honkin, I’m Reloading

      You’re assuming he knows how to write.

  • libertarian1234

    “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.

    Yes it is.

    And I hope when it is addressed they’ll tell the truth that blacks are not smart enough to effectively learn high technology.

    And, I hope Gates is forced to take on some of these retards so his bottom line will begin to shrink.

  • jane johnson

    When did an extortion crew become a “delegation”?

  • r j p

    Make fun of me and my people, I don’t care.
    But how about the DOJ and Hollywood allowing blacks and hispanics to be portrayed ACCURATELY?

    • Malgus

      They already do.

      It’s called First 48 and COPS.

      I like First 48 better…

  • So CAL Snowman

    Notice how NONE of the africans in high position is a creative force for the company they represent? They are not engineers or scientists. They are all just AA pencil pushers. No creativity, no imagination, and no technical ability to innovate. Africans and latinos are incapable or producing high technology which is why there are virtually no african or latino tech start ups.

    • Malgus

      You mean that Last Man On Erf movie with Will Smiff as the brilliant Army Colonel who saves the world by hanging on in ruined NYC, just to come up with a vaccine for the deadly virus is a load of shyte??!?!

      SAY IT AIN’T SO!!!

      • RisingReich

        The Book of Eli is another stretch. Black dude kicks butt and totes around the last Bible on Earth as it’s ‘protector’ HA!

        • Malgus

          Yeah, I saw that mess… no way “suspension of disbelief” was going to enter my mind… Gary Oldman’s talent was wasted in that movie. And, of course, just about every white man in the movie was a ‘bad guy’… let’s not forget his ‘love interest’, the whyte wimminz who helps him escape…

          Hollyweird portrays them as they wish they were, not as they actually are…

          However, I was intrigued by the idea of Alcatraz being transformed into a modern day Skellig Michael. (Skellig Michael was a monastery off the coast of Ireland considered so marginal, it was never bothered by invading armies. But the monks who lived there collected, preserved and translated most of the important works of antiquity all through the Dark Ages.. and when the world was ready, they gave them all back.)

          • PvtCharlieSlate

            Have you read Issac Asimov’s “Foundation” novels? IIRC, there are four of them but the last one was written decades after the others and was a disappointing wimp-out.

          • Malgus

            It’s been decades since I’ve read anything by Asimov… really.

            Not that I don’t like his work, it’s just that my interests branched off in a different direction.

            I’ll look over the series and see if I like what I see. Thanks for the recommendation..

        • Olorin

          Um, yeah. But note:

          He wasn’t toting around Schaum’s Outline of Essential Computer Mathematics, was he?

          That is Jesse Jackson’s problem in a nutshell. He tawk ta GAWD. (So he tells us.) He know what GAWD think. (So he asserts.) So think he GAWD.

          Thus he thinks that being a techwizard requires the same capacities as being a GAWD man–an admixture of narcissism and pompousness, with constantly reiterated claims to be attached to the big juju man. This is what he’s saying: “Big Juju Men, let mo brothas in yo hut!” It is beyond his comprehension that those big juju men got there because, you know, they are really smart and good at what they do. THAT is how clueless he is, and he honks his one note because it’s all he has.

          When it hits the fan, little minds reach for storybooks from the past. Smart people sigh, dust off their pants, and start reconstructing their tools.

          I thought The Book of Eli was just fine. It depicted black maleness in a nutshell–blind, wandering through devastation, with no capacities but memory. And that’s fine. It’s what the Eli character had, and he stuck with it, and in that, it was remarkably subversive. And in the end, all he was was some tiny crumb in Malcolm McDowell’s fortress of the finest minds. (Also the Bible was written by white men. Heh.)

          All us techno types well knew that the real ruler of that hellish bartertown was the old guy who owned the post-apocalyptic Radio Shack.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Blacks and hispanics have the typical 3rd world cargo cult mentality. They think that because they have AA degrees in medicine and engineering, they’re automatically doctors and engineers. For blacks, a piece of paper is a magical thing that confers special powers. They think they’re doctors, but in reality they’re AA recipients who leapfrogged over whites into jobs where they can play dress-up and masquerade as doctors.

    • The whiter latinos are pretty good. A Mexican named Mondragon designed the world’s first successful self-loading rifle. Of course most Mexicans being what they are, the weapons themselves had to be made in Switzerland by SIG.

      • Max

        I don’t think so. Browning patented the Rem. Mod. 8 semiauto in 1905 and had a full-auto in 1895.

        -but I’ll listen to better info

        • The Remington 8 used a lower-powered cartridge. It was also recoil-operated, which is rarely a good idea in a rifle. The Mondragon was gas operated and used a rotating bolt – very familiar today.

          John Browning was an absolute genius and the best firearms designer of all time, but even he occasionally got a few things wrong. I am now looking around hopefully to see that I am not struck by lightning for writing that.

    • Brian

      The most that can be done is to stick a few NAMs in ‘community outreach’ to hand the big novelty checks to charities, and maybe have a few tokens in HR or on the board. If there were some huge pool of untapped NAM talent languishing, some company somewhere would snap them up on the cheap. But they don’t, because there isn’t.

  • Easyrhino1

    Blacks are consumers of technology services?

    • r j p

      Yeah, Twitter, MySpace, and BBM.

    • Bossman

      Well, they do like to talk and they just love cell phones. They also love loud music and videos of big booty women.

      • Greg Thomas

        So do mexicans.

      • r j p

        blacks don’t use cell phones, they use sail foams.

      • DudeWheresMyCountry?

        Twerk it.

    • Keep Honkin, I’m Reloading

      Are Dre headphones considered technology?

  • Luca

    All of a sudden I am thinking about that scene in Godfather II, where Don Fanucci, the neighborhood gangster, forces the grocer to give his useless, spoiled nephew a job or suffer the consequences. As a result, Vito Corleone loses his job.

    I don’t know why that thought just popped into my head.

    • HamletsGhost

      Maybe because of how Fanucci met his end?

  • What exactly has Jesse done by himself to make blacks less useless for tech work? Distilled down, the critter is really saying “We gots ta be haben dat, gnome sayin’?”

    I used to work as a laboratory chemist, until my managers had driven me almost insane. I liked the work, but not the working environment. We had deadlines, and it got me a blood pressure of 175/105 by my 30th birthday. I loved the lab work but I just can’t go back. Today I run at about 88/45. No medication but also no bosses.

    They could pretend to hire some negro to do that, but they aren’t stupid. I would want $150,000 a year if I was going to go back into that misery.

    I was so exhausted after each workday that after driving home I slept until about 8:00 PM and then woke up and cooked something for dinner.

    Jesse and his Afritards can have the tech jobs.

  • Martel

    “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”

    The black janitor?

    He is not qualified to program or analyse data, he can get a raise but promoting him will be tricky. Another thing is that he is apparently always in the same room, his job requires he fixes stuff around the building.

  • HJ11

    Are any sane Whites even listening to Blacks anymore? Screw them. They are not our kind. Who the hell cares what they want?

  • OhWow

    Blacks want to sit at the adult table. The only problem? They only have kid table skills.

  • RisingReich

    Technology has and always has been about increasing productivity, you stupid a$$!
    Besides, HP hires a bunch of know-nothing Indians to read scripts to me when we have HW issues anyway, so we’re not talking inclusion, just this dipsh!t’s version of inclusion.

  • mobilebay

    Is there anything Jesse won’t protest if he thinks it will bring in the big bucks?

  • JohnEngelman

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

    – Martha Mendoza and Jesse Washington, CNS News, March 18, 2014

    Says who? Technology is about excellence.

    On my first job as a computer programmer a fellow programmer was black. He was not doing his job. He was paid twice what I was. When I mentioned this to my boss he told me that when he got his supervisor’s job he was told that he would be evaluated by his ability to attract and keep black programmers, and that he was required to expect less from them.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to lead a delegation to the Hewlett-Packard annual shareholders meeting…

    I assume after the meeting, Jesse Jackson now owns a LARGE amount of HP stock.

    Technology is supposed to be about inclusion…

    Great! Then start up a tech company that hires only blacks who specialize in Java and Ruby. Blacks could make a fortune from selling black only tech-created products and from buying their stock.

    Jokes aside…

    Go get ‘em Jesse, HP deserves it…

    HHS dumping Verizon for Hewlett-Packard to host HealthCare dot gov

    http //www washingtontimes com/news/2013/nov/27/hhs-dumping-verizon-hewlett-packard-host-healthcar/

  • Luca

    Because technology is a “White thing” and we know blacks don’t want to act White.

  • RHG

    There is plenty of “diversity” in the tech industry, this race hustler just wants a bunch of “make work” jobs created and then filled with blacks.

  • MBlanc46

    “Technology is supposed to be about inclusion”

    Where does he get this horsebleep? And as far as the 800 pound gorilla that no one wants to talk about, I’d love to talk about why blacks aren’t able to do work that requires logic and mathematics.

  • Alexandra1973

    I have a brilliant idea, “Reverend” Jackson.

    How about have all your “bruthas” and “sistas” boycott any technology? You know, like cellphones, iGadgets, and the like.

    Have them boycott cars, and credit card scanners too.

    • Max

      And booze and firearms.

  • BonV.Vant

    The “lack of diversity” in the tech industry is the tech industry protesting the lack of ability of blacks and hispanics

  • Rhialto

    The Rev. Jackson is trying to help the group he belongs to, at least in the short term. I don’t know why he’s including Hispanics in his bitching, but I guess he’s got some reason.
    Compare this to White Neo-Con leaders who do nothing to help White men. They mouth off about helping all Americans by lowering taxes and removing governmental restrictions. They say and do nothing about White men becoming unemployed because of Diversity and immigration.

    Jackson is my enemy, but an enemy that I respect.

    • Alexandra1973

      I really don’t think it’s out of altruism. I think this is how he makes his living.

    • itdoesnotmatter

      Do not want to burst your bubble, or anything, but Jesse is not about altruism. He is an extortionist and race hustler.
      The “reverend” bit is a joke. Everyone knows he has never held an honest job.

    • Max

      Jackson is interested in one thing only – Jackson. He is a swindler just like everyone else in his criminal fambly who steal even from their own “peeps”. There is nothing worthy of respect.

  • Don’t high-tech companies already have enough faux make-work “diversity-coordinator” jobs for black and brown diversitards?

  • IKE

    Just riding the white man’s coat tail . . . . that’s the easy way . .

  • “Technology is supposed to be about inclusion…….”

    No it isn’t. Case closed. Next!

  • Vito Powers

    Have you noticed that Jeese Jackson doesn’t pout and whine about the lack of “Diversity” on Wall Street, especially on the trading floors. That’s because Jeese’s Wall Street Project is being paid by the Money Trust to look the other way. When the Mob uses such tactics, it’s called Hush Money.

    • r j p

      Jesse knows that only one of 1000 is intelligent enough to work on the street.

  • archer

    If you have any stock in HP it may be time to get rid of it.

    • r j p

      The time to get rid of HP was when Meg Whitman was named President/CEO.

  • PvtCharlieSlate

    Permanent settlements on the Moon and exploring Mars.

  • PvtCharlieSlate

    If Jesse Jackson had one more brain cell he would have his first synapse.

    • Max

      It seems to me that he may actually have two neurons which are coupled back to each other in a loop such that it has created a race condition (the other kind of race condition) which has no stable state. He just keeps jabbering on the same noise endlessly.

  • rebelcelt

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

    Really, I thought technology was about manipulating knowledge of electronics, physics,etc. Technology is what we use to keep from being stone age men. It exists whether it is shared or not.

  • DJ

    ““Technology is supposed to be about inclusion,” (—Je$$e)

    Now there’s a logical disconnect for ya!

    But what do you expect from the likes of Je$$e? Quotations from Aristotle? …. Hayek?…. Ayn Rand? …………..

    HEH!
    .

  • Puggg

    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.

    Meaning that since black people can (ab)use Facebook and Twitter, that this magically somehow gives them the ability to work for Facebook and Twitter.

    • Brian

      Wait– are you saying that when you turned sixteen and got your driver’s license, they didn’t hand you your mechanic’s certification as well? U wuz robbed!

      • Slayer88

        Doesn’t this demographic steal most of it’s hardware?

  • MooTieFighter

    There goes tech. So now America has to take a back step in technology to appease blacks. Send these complainers to China to get a tech job.

  • Max

    “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.

    Well, you see Mr. Graves, they don’t need 800 lb. gorillas in the tech industries. They can continue to play baksabawl an’ footbawl; tasks more suited to their mentation.

  • SFLBIB

    “Technology is supposed to be about inclusion, …”

    Where is the proof of that? Here in Arizona, the construction business is heavily Hispanic. So what? As Sowell observes, ethnic groups to not spread themselves out evenly throughout the vocations, never have; never will. Whenever reality does not agree with liberal ideology, it is reality that must change, not the ideology.

  • Brian

    “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.
    ===
    Is he talking about Precious or Rachel Jeantel? They both already had their fifteen minutes.

  • Slayer88

    HP should hire some very large “security” guards and use then to “breakup” the march, kinda like the Unions try to do…

  • Slayer88

    What a financial boon it would be for any company that tells Jackson to shove it up his arse…

  • Such hateful people…. Very primitive thinking…. Definitely the American way!

  • Perhaps the black diversitards and brown incompetoids should start up their own high-tech companies without expecting us to do all the work for them. More tools arrived today, and I spent my own money to order these for my basement workshop. Jesse Jackson is rich; surely he could afford to outfit a decent workplace of any nature, run and staffed by blacks.

    That’s a silly idea. Never mind.