White, Asian Men Rule the Roost at Twitter

Elizabeth Weise and Jessica Guynn, USA Today, July 23, 2014

Succumbing to growing public pressure, Twitter released the gender and ethnic breakdown of its work force Wednesday, showing that it looks like most other major technology companies: overwhelming male, white and Asian.

In the U.S., nearly 90% of Twitter’s workers are white or Asian. And more than 90% of technology jobs in the U.S. are held by whites or Asians.

Men make up 70% of all staff but 90% of technology staff, according to figures released by the company’s vice president for diversity and inclusion, Janet Van Huysse.

Twitter pledged to take steps to diversify its staff.

“We want to be more than a good business; we want to be a business that we are proud of,” Huysse said.

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Of Twitter’s U.S. employees, 3% are Hispanic and 2% Black. Yet Blacks, Hispanics and Asian Americans account for 41% of U.S. users, making Twitter more racially diverse than any other social network, including Facebook.

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“The numbers are pathetic but this is a step in the right direction,” Rev. Jesse Jackson said in an interview Wednesday.

His Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the civil rights organization ColorofChange.org last week began campaigning on Twitter for the company to share demographic information and host a public forum on plans to increase the diversity of its staff. They gathered more than 25,000 signatures with an online petition.

Jackson called on Twitter to begin setting targets and a timetable.

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  • The diversitarians are going to be so mad at Twitter over this that they’re going to start a Twitter hashtag.

    • propagandaoftruth

      White and Asian men rule the roost at Twitter while…

      All other groups spend way too much time tweeting.

      • #BringBackOurAffirmativeActionHires

        • propagandaoftruth

          I always knew I was in for a treat of a year when I’d look over the information sheets I’d hand out to the students at the beginning of the year. I’d include a section on what they liked to do for hobbies, to pretend I cared about them and stuff I guess.

          Talkin’ wit my friends. Hangin out. Chillin. Getting crunk. Textin. Talkin wit my friends online. Cell phone.

          Seems like all they do is jibber jabber with each other about inanities. Probly think working at Twitter means they get paid to tweet idiotic messages to their friends all day.

          • antiquesunlight

            lol @ getting crunk. Some high quality students you got there, Prop.

          • I tie fishing flies and make my own lures.

          • propagandaoftruth

            Little things are important.

          • It probably would not have done you any good to break the news to them that gossiping is not a hobby. I mean, did any of them have enough sense to list rap and basketball as their hobbies?

          • propagandaoftruth

            Sure, but even when multiple pastimes were listed, those things were almost always near the top.

            Know what I hate? Those Bluetooth ear cell phone things. Always some loud negro strutting about trying to look sophisticatedly important – or just yammering all their stupid business to the whole world…

            I need one of those things. Doesn’t have to work – just want an excuse to go around talking to myself in public…

            “The Truth is primary and fixed, neither relative nor altered by the perspective conceit of time…”

            Someone stares at me, point at the Bluetooth and scowl like I’ve been violated…

            Nah, not gonna do that after all. Maybe in the car…

          • Erasmus

            “The Truth is primary and fixed, neither relative nor altered by the perspective conceit of time…”

            First off, there’s your problem right there. The word is “troof”. (It rhymes with “toof”.) You keep speaking that highfalutin English, of course the babies aren’t going to understand you.

    • APaige

      #truthhurts or #whitesandasiansarediverse or #IQ.

    • Garrett Brown

      Hashtag twitter is RACIS! Hashtag irony, because I’m posting this on twitter 🙁

      • Erasmus

        For the umpteenth time, it’s spelled r-a-y-c-i-s-s. But I bet you slept the entire time you were in high school ebonics, didn’t you? Or, were you just tired after maf class?

        • AndrewInterrupted

          That’s “wayciss”. I just Googled it on my free sail foam.

    • Martel733

      How to know you made it in tech:
      Hiring an illiterate crack addict that counts as black, hispanic,& female is the biggest cost saving measure you can think of.

  • D.B. Cooper

    So, if I’m the owner of “Brand X” tech company, what better way to bring down the competition with some Trojan horse style diversity? There is NO defense. Once you are accused of being too white, it’s over for you. Meanwhile, my here-today-gone-tomorrow company is not profitable enough to draw attention. I can hire those laid off white boys who now need another job, watch my company grow, and retire once Al Sharpton comes sniffing around. Nice scam, isn’t it?

  • MekongDelta69

    What a horrible way of doing business.

    Hiring the most qualified people, as opposed to bowing to the ‘colored’ [PC] guards.

    Who would have EVER thought of THAT novel idea?

  • ncpride

    The reason doesn’t matter… it’s still all Whitey’s fault. Racism, and all that jazz, don’t ya know?

    • JohnEngelman

      * sarcasm on *

      Blacks tend to score lower on IQ tests because of institutional racism.

      * sarcasm off *

      • Alucard_the_last

        Wrong: the score MUCH lower in IQ tests.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        Skipping record “ON”.

  • Truthseeker

    “We want to be more than a good business; we want to be a business that we are proud of,” Huysse said.

    So creating and developing one of the most popular, successful websites on the internet means nothing to you unless your company is “diverse” enough? This is the kind of insanity you see from a directionless society: “Diversity” becomes a goal, regardless of any purpose it might have, and actual achievements are devalued.

    • JohnEngelman

      Diversity should be voluntary and based on merit. Hi tech firms hire many people who were born in other countries, who speak English as a second language, who are eccentrics of various sorts, and so on. On one characteristic they are not diverse, however. They have very high IQ’s.

  • Diversity Fatigue

    What up with no Africans at twitter or any of the other high tech outfits? Sounds raaaacist to me.

    • Pro_Whitey

      I say de Asians stole der jawbs! Get de Asians!

  • NoMosqueHere

    Jackson called on Twitter to begin setting targets and a timetable.

    ———————————-
    I tend to agree with Jackson on this, but only to the extent Twitter’s corporate whites and asians — all good PC liberals I assume — are made to feel real reverse racist pain. How about an anxiety ridden firing lottery — such that 20 percent of the whites and asians, including management, are fired and replaced by blax’n’browns? Whites in particular need to feel more pain — maybe it will wake some of ’em up.

    • bubo

      I like that idea. I’d love to see some arrogant liberal programmer get fired and land at the Walmart electronics section.

  • bubo

    I wonder what the next industry to be deemed “too white male” will be?

    I’m betting it’s commercial fishing. Did you know there are NO transgendered black crab boat captains? It’s totally UN ACCEPT ABLE!!

    • Oil Can Harry

      If blacks, hispanics and femiNUTS had the brains or talent to start up their own tech companies, they would.

      But they don’t. And it’s because of genes.

      So they go begging for handouts from the White and Asian men in Silicon Valley. Pa-thetic!

      • Alexandra1973

        I know the basics of how to build a computer, I know some HTML and some BASIC (I was messing with that when I was 11), but beyond that…forget it.

        I had to have someone show me on a message board how to make name templates for Sims 2 so when the game generated a new Sim they didn’t have some weird (read: non-White) name. Once I got it figured out it was easy, but if you don’t know what you’re doing (I use SimPE, a package editor for Sims 2) you can really mess something up.

    • By an amazing coincidence, I am making my own bamboo fishing rod. I will machine the parts for the reel out of brass and stainless steel. These rods can be had in Scotland and Japan for about $2500, exclusive of reel, but I can not afford that. Blacks and Mexicans don’t do this. Since the rod will be completely traditional, I won’t put a modern, factory reel on it.

  • WR_the_realist

    90% of the techies are white or Asian. So? The media keeps acting like this is a problem.

    It isn’t. It’s only a problem that the left thinks it’s a problem.

    • Ograf

      They are free to take their computers to the crack dealer down the block.

    • Alexandra1973

      Yeah, really, especially since there are non-Whites! Guess that’s not diverse enough for them.

      What if it was all Asians?

      • M.

        No, leftists always side with the lowest in terms of race, ethnicity, and national origin. Asian is superior than Hispanic and black, therefore these two are more important.

        When a Hispanic shoots a black teenager, they side with the black. Make no mistake, they know the hierarchy of races just as well as any AmRen regular over here, and they pick sides accordingly.

  • bubo

    Of Twitter’s U.S. employees, 3% are Hispanic and 2% Black. Yet Blacks, Hispanics and Asian Americans account for 41% of U.S. users

    I see. Well, you just can’t argue with this statistic. It’s racism. It’s the only answer.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Too many of dem dam Asians!

  • IstvanIN

    I am not computer savvy, I took one programming course circa 1979 and had to write a program that alphabetized things and another that did basic arithmetic. Had to type my own punch cards. And wating for those giant green print-outs to see if the program actually worked, boy! The whole process seemed pretty tedious to me. Thank goodness it was only a core requirement and I didn’t have to take another. Maybe blacks and browns aren’t good at tedious tasks.

    • dd121

      I never thought of it as tedious. I thought it was like Chess. A mental exercise. I just couldn’t believe they’d pay my so much to do something so fun.

      • Adolf Verloc

        It certainly is a mental exercise, and a tough one requiring great patience with logical thought and some language savvy. I am very good at advanced math and my career was spent in the physical sciences, but I am a godawful programmer. I have great respect for them.

        • dd121

          Guess we all have our strengths and weaknesses. I always hated math. I always enjoyed the detail part of programming.

          • antiquesunlight

            I am only a student with little experience, but it seems to me that being good at math =/= being good at programming, although the powers that be seem to think so. Could be wrong. I’m way better at programming than I am at math, but I guess that could just be due to interest level.

      • IstvanIN

        I prefer things I can see and touch or apply to the real world. Plant science, general agriculture and economics courses I enjoyed. But then everyone has different interests and not everyone is cut out for programming. I will say this, in my dealings because of work, with Hindu programmers are not all that great. You get what you pay for I suppose.

        • dd121

          We had a few Indians from India, and the ones I worked with were quite good.

      • That sounds like me being paid to play with chemicals. I loved it, but eventually hated the people for whom I worked.

        • dd121

          It really makes it easy to get up out of bed and go to work, if you like what you’re doing. Shame it didn’t work out for you.

          • I like it better this way, but I would also like to go shooting again. I will only do that legally.

    • I wrote a Dungeons & Dragons character generation program in Basic in 1983. It worked very well. When I needed a bunch of people, anything from members of an angry mob to potential henchmen. I just used one of those.

      • WR_the_realist

        Ah yes, a classic early programming experience if ever there was one.

  • Bossman

    Computer programming is a very tedious and nerdy occupation. I’ve met and worked with such people. They’re very boring.

    • Alexandra1973

      As opposed to blacks and Hispanics who have very exciting lifestyles, right?

      • Garrett Brown

        Poppin gringos and sipping grape drank is very exciting ill have you know!

        • Ashley Johnson

          lol

      • willbest

        How many youtube polar bear hunts have you seen?

        How many youtube videos of a guy programming have you seen?

      • Wholly Unconvinced

        Now now, your Newspeak vocabulary is lacking, what you meant to say is “my goodness, why can’t they be more vibrant like all the wonderfully diverse Hispanics and African Americans!”

      • dd121

        Notice how the guy throws his bomb in the room and then doesn’t defend what he said?

    • dd121

      For being such an open and loving liberal, you’re being a bit judgmental and making generalizations, aren’t you, Bossman?

    • That work requires a lot of focus, just as laboratory chemistry does. I loved my old work in the microelectronics industry, but grew to loathe the people for whom I worked. When I was still allowed firearms and ammunition, I made my own cartridge cases for discontinued calibers and then loaded them myself. Working up a load for 6.5mm X 50SR Arisaka was a pain, as there wasn’t much load data published. I made the cases by blowing out, reforming and shortening .220″ Swift brass, and then worked up a load using Hornady 140-grain bullets and H-4895 powder in order to replicate the original military load, so the sights would work properly.

      If you go to Wikipedia and look up various military rifle cartridges, I wrote most of the sections there about case-forming. Shooting and reloading was my real work, and chemistry was just what I did to pay the bills. Now my hobbies are vegetable gardening and wood and metal working.

      The only person active on this site I have met is Mr. DD121, and after lunch last spring, we hiked around Palmer Park here in Colorado Springs for a few hours. He didn’t think I was boring.

      I believe you are unfairly stigmatizing people who have more focus than you do. I don’t watch sports. My wife and I don’t go to concerts. Her hobby is sewing.

      • Bossman

        The old mainframe programmers are boring but the industry is changing and coding itself is becoming easier. A lot now has to do with building websites and maintaining networks.

        • Chip Carver

          Now we know for sure this is a troll or trolls with little real-world knowledge of the world of IT – or anything else. It never ends. Maybe it’s the eternal college student under another monicker.

          • Bossman

            Most people who now work in IT are just monitoring and maintaining networks or helping users solve their problems. Companies no longer pay programmers to develop programs. They rather buy what is called a software package usually developed by a bunch of Indian programmers working in shed somewhere in India and working for peanuts.

          • Chip Carver

            Wish I had been back in town sooner.

            The creatures who crawl out from under various bridges almost never fail to demonstrate a stunning lack of knowledge of the real world.

            Here and there they provide hilarity, especially when they toss in a a term or two that they believe are cool, and they think they understand. Is the term “libtard” used on this site?

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Boring is not a performance metric. Great nation-making doesn’t require drama.

    • Ellis Kurtz

      “met and worked with”, but not actually done the job yourself? Just on the outside looking in?

  • Garrett Brown

    Huh, so that’s why they became so successful so quickly.

  • Garrett Brown

    #IQrulestechnology

  • JohnEngelman

    “The numbers are pathetic but this is a step in the right direction,” Rev. Jesse Jackson said in an interview Wednesday.

    – Elizabeth Weise and Jessica Guynn, USA Today, July 23, 2014

    Jesse Jackson, you are pathetic. Very few blacks have the IQ power for high tech work. Go back to telling your people to stop committing all those crimes, and to stop having all those illegitimate children.

    • LHathaway

      He didn’t actually visit a school and sit on on students hard at work, did he when he said ‘this is a step in the right direction’?

  • JDInSanD

    How many are White versus Asian? Why are Whites and Asians grouped together here?

    Could it be the Asians are way over represented and whites way under? Don’t Asian workers count toward diversity “goals” even if it makes blacks and hispanics look incapable?

    How many better qualified white technology workers are out of work so a Chinese or Indian can be used by Twitter to satisfy a quota?

    • antiquesunlight

      A great many, I imagine.

      “Why are Whites and Asians grouped together here?”

      It seems that Asians are very rapidly becoming “the other white people.”

      • Martel733

        they did evolve under similar conditions to YT

    • M.

      Asians are indeed overrepresented as per the chart shown in the original article. But leftists just love to side with the least achieving and the most useless, since, to them, underachievement can only be the result of external factors.

      Most of ideology is based on wishful thinking rather than proven principles.

    • WR_the_realist

      Asians are invariably overrepresented relative to their share of the population in such jobs. When the percentage white techies at Google was slightly below their percentage of the population (60% vs 65%) and the percentage of Asian techies was much higher than their percentage of the population all the mass media focused on there being too many whites at Google.

  • willbest

    I almost feel like if I worked in the tech industry the first thing I would do if I was hired is find the black or Hispanic doing the closest job to what I was doing and then sue the company for racial discrimination because the odds they are paying them more than me would be substantial since they would have to fend off poachers trying to make their stat sheet look good.

    • LHathaway

      Reminds of the story of the US Marines who couldn’t keep enough black officers, and other than racism, the Corps and the news writer seemed to be mystified at the lack of black officers, meanwhile every employer in the nation is scrambling to find educated black men to meet diversity quotas.

      • JohnEngelman

        A black person who is reasonably intelligent, reasonably likable, reasonably attractive, and who has no illegitimate children and felony convictions will have doors opened that remain securely shut for an equally worthy white person.

        • Martel733

          Is there such a black person in reality?

          • AndrewInterrupted

            They are rare. And tend to be “Caribes” (Caribbean) with higher than normal European DNA levels. The Eric Hold-em-up/Obama Bin Laden types. Just enough Europe to be dangerous. Not enough to be honorable and positive.

        • AndrewInterrupted

          I normally ignore you, but that was almost refreshing. I worked with a Black woman like that. She was a Caribbean, so she had a sizeable European DNA booster shot in her genes. Maybe close to half. Just enough to be consistently below average, but not offensively so. Those types are coveted.

  • dd121

    When I was a programmer, most of the women who were in programming did everything they could to get out of it. Mostly, they hated it.

  • willbest

    race, sex, and orientation are only social constructs perpetuated by the ciswhite patriarchy.

    sorry… I can’t even type that without giggling.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    NAMs are overrepresented on Twitter, but it didn’t require NAM input to create the service. It’s safe to say that NAM diversity is not required after all.

  • Eddie Lutz

    Guess they better add Yelllow Privelage when they mention White Privelage — otherwise known as Good Parenting.

  • Epoche

    Maybe we can build a coalition with asians as being against diversity. Do the asians care about Jesse Jackson and his historical grievance mongering?

  • Jon Doe

    Work that requires substantial mental abilities are overwhelmingly White or Asian:

    A. Medical

    B. Tech
    C. Financial

    D. Industrial

    So logically.. (to Blacks/Mexicans) it must be racist? or.. could it be these field required those who were qualified? Lets see..

    1. Blacks in control = Detroit/Haiti/Africa aka Bottom

    2. Mexicans in control = Mexico aka Bottom

    3. Whites and Asians in control = Top of everything, Economy, Science, Technology, Innovation, Medical, Military, Industrial.
    Coincidence?

    • JohnEngelman

      It is not a coincidence. Unfortunately, both of us are racists for noticing the correlations.

  • Magician

    If the workforce at Twitter does have a sizable number of Asian employees that means the company is diverse. How is it not a diverse company when there is more than one ethincity that significantly constitutes the workforce of a company.

    This is not calling for “diversity”. This is calling for “Affirmative action, and f u Asian men and white men”

    By the way, speaking of which, I would love to see more white players in NBA because I want to see some more diversity.

    • JohnEngelman

      Blacks look good on the basketball court and the dance floor. What else can they do?

      • Magician

        Sorry John, I doubt I will enjoy watching muscular black men dancing on the floor in speedos.

        Maybe Barrack and Michelle will.

  • IKUredux

    You know, these leftists are absolutely genius. Insist on A.A., and, without a whimper, crash capitalism to its knees, by forcing corporations to hire stupid black savages. The AA hires predominate in government positions, thus, providing fodder for comedians everywhere,ie.: the DMV Angry Black Lady. You know what? The Angry Black Lady in a government job, is the NEW ACCURATE stereotype. Here’s what I think about capitalism, private/public companies and hiring: NO ONE hires anyone WILLINGLY who they don’t think will be an asset to their company. The gov. has decided they know best. The gov. knows, that businesses want to hire bright, hardworking people who will be an asset to the company. The gov. also knows, that is one eighty of what Blacks provide. Trust me, if a company thought that having stupid naggers as the best possible work force to do business, than they would never have to be forced to hire them (because earning money, is the goal). Meanwhile, as this country starts its slow slide into communism, does everyone believe that Zuckerberg and Spielberg are going to live like proletarians in the coming communist “utopia”? Yeah, right. I can personally guarantee, they will NOT be shopping at a GUM simile.

  • LHathaway

    At what point will the media note that whites are underrepresented at these tech companies, and that evil Asian’s are somehow taking advantage of them? Or will it be never and is this a West Coast version of the media not noticing the dearth of whites employed in some urban regions?

  • Ashley Johnson

    Oh no! Twitter lacks diversity, this is sooo awful we need to do something about this.

  • dd121

    “want a business we are proud of”. Can’t be proud of the accomplishments of white people?

  • Rhialto

    Note how the Rev. Jackson is so focusing in on Twitter, where few additional Blacks will possibly be employed. Jackson has no interested in the millions of young Blacks who are unemployed and in many cases unemployable.

    The Black unemployment situation has two causes: Massive immigration of Hispanics and others who qualify for Diversity status, and Liberal controlled schools that do not teach marketable skills or inculcate good work ethics.

    Why doesn’t Jackson focus on these serious problems??

  • JohnEngelman

    I wish some of these companies would stand up, fight back, and explain why it is that they hire few non Asian minorities.

  • Brian Cooper

    Why is it that these minorities need to be represented in any company at all? Apart from lack of ability, what is stopping blacks or browns starting their own high tech company and hire whoever they like? They would be assured of a customer base as minorities like to support people of their own kind.

    How many whites does Jesse Jackson employ in his shake-down operation, if any?

    I can’t understand why any company has to employ people of certain groups/races. It is beyond me to understand this. As an employer myself (now retired), I had a very good reason why I never employed any person from any minority group here in Oz. The reason I didn’t employ any minority was simply because not one minority person ever answered any advert I ran when I had work available. In 26 years, not one person from a minority group ever replied to any ad I ran. Maybe it was because I often ran my ads starting with “Hard work available…..”

    So if Twitter has the same issues with minorities not responding to their recruiting efforts, how can they be blamed for not having enough blacks or browns as employees? It’s not Twitters fault if blacks and browns don’t apply for work that they can do at Twitter.

    • dd121

      You’re luck you didn’t have the Federal Thought Police on your ass.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      “…Apart from lack of ability, what is stopping blacks or browns starting their own high tech company and hire whoever they like?…”

      They do. Well, the gummint does. There are “female-owned” and “minority-owned” quotas for dealing with the federal government. Some companies pay a Black and/or female to act as the token to meet the requirement. I know of a technology company that has a Black male figurehead for that purpose.

  • Magician

  • Alucard_the_last

    Only 1% of negroes possess the intelligence to work at a high tech company (excluding janitors).

    • dd121

      How do you figure it’s that high?

  • slash345

    Ugh…this is bad news because now they’re going to force high tech companies to hire less whites and more blacks, and if they don’t comply then they’ll hit them with the race card and destroy twitters reputation.

    How the f*ck do people let blacks or just minorities in general hold them hostage? Why did people start caring about blacks crying “Wacism!” ? Should have just told them to stfu and sit down and that no one gives a sh*t and offered them a one way ticket to africa.

    • dd121

      It started out that by capturing the black vote completely, it permanently put the socialists in power. Now the importation of millions of mexicans is solidifying that power.

    • Martel733

      As long as they have a product that works it cant hurt twitters reputation. They will be #HireMoDumbAxxNiggs

  • JohnEngelman

    On the first computer programming job I had there was a black programmer who was hired after I was. When I learned that he was paid twice what I was earning, this bothered me, because he could not do didly squat, and did not even try.

    When I discussed the matter with my boss he told me that when he got his job he was told he would be evaluated on his ability to attract and keep blacks, and that he was directed to expect less from them.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    It’s the obvious conclusion, that gets repeated regularly (also by me), to the same social engineering deaf ears. Women don’t gravitate to IT, but it never matters. It’s not about reason, right, or wrong with the Left. It’s about taking versus making. Only multiple secessions will get Americans out of this Marxist mess. The Marxists in North America are driven sociopaths.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    Wow! USA Today is Hogwash Central. Look at all this tired garbage they’re recycling:

    “….research shows that more diverse teams make better decisions, and companies with women in leadership roles produce better financial results…”

    Utter hogwash. When a legitimate study is done on such a topic, it is found that companies obsessed or forced into demographic preferences do much worse than those who don’t have the diversity guns to their heads. This was proven by a right wing think tank some years ago. Utter Marxist hogwash.

    Twitter is a perfect example that, when left alone, White males reign supreme in technology companies. There’s nothing an anti-white-male social engineer hates more than the sight of a round peg in a round hole. Those people are just plain haters.

  • I would be leery of using anything other than stainless for a salt water reel.

    • Pat

      He mostly river fishes and some reservoirs. Has sea fished in the past so he would prob agree with you. He is currently out in the garage making a net! Out of my depth on this.
      Regards.

  • LHathaway

    This story reminds me a little bit of a major story also out of California about the education system. Test results in California were in and everyone was wringing the hands about what could be done to reduce the gap between white students and everyone else.

    No where was it mentioned what could be done to reduce the gap between Asians (those who actually scored the highest on placement tests) and everyone else in the state.

    If reality were an angle to this story they would probably decide to congratulate Asians on their performance and make note of all of their hard work.

  • James Gonzalez

    I NEVER would have guessed!