A Tree Shaker and a Jelly Maker Try to Fix Tech

Joe Garofoli, SFGate, December 6, 2014

Two civil rights leaders–one old-school, the other half his age–are attempting to tackle Silicon Valley’s diversity problem with different tactics.

Former NAACP head Ben Jealous, 41, wants to change the industry from the inside, embedding himself as a venture capitalist with Oakland’s Kapor Capital and the Kapor Center for Social Impact. He serves on boards, networks with founders, and funds companies in a bid to steer more people of color into the tech world.

Meanwhile the Rev. Jesse Jackson, 73, is using his trademark bullhorn activism to attack an industry that is two-thirds male and overwhelmingly white and Asian. He uses his media savvy to publicly shame companies, and he hints at calling for a boycott of the products that have made Silicon Valley one of the wealthiest regions of the country.

Their approaches match a metaphor Jackson has previously used to describe vital players in any social movement. Jackson is the “tree shaker,” who agitates an entrenched institution. Jealous is the “jelly maker,” who picks up the fallen fruit and transforms it into something a wider audience can enjoy.

“I have chosen to cross the threshold from being tree shaker to jelly maker,” Jealous said. “But I also understand that tree shaking is important to the jelly-making process. And Rev. Jesse Jackson has done an effective job of adding volume to lots of other people’s ongoing, long-standing complaints at just the right moment.”


On Thursday at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters, Jealous was the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for a Kapor Center for Social Impact program aimed at helping youths of color get involved in tech.

The event was co-sponsored by Google and other tech firms, which have been criticized for poor records of hiring people of color and women. But Jealous didn’t try to shame the executives from Google, Twitter or Yahoo in the audience. Instead, he appealed to their business sense, saying America will not remain competitive if its workforce does not include ideas from people of all backgrounds.


Jealous, who left the NAACP last year after turning around the flagging civil rights organization, doesn’t believe Silicon Valley lives up to its aspirations of meritocracy. He wants to see the tech world consider applicants who didn’t go to top schools like Stanford. Early next year, the Kapor Center for Social Impact will release interactive graphics showing the “leaks” in the science and technology education pipeline–where low-income and minority candidates fall off the path to tech. The reports also aims to highlight which educational approaches work and which don’t.


Jackson’s operatives buy shares of stock in the offending companies so they can gain access to stockholder meetings and blast the companies publicly for their lack of diversity.


Jackson will step inside the valley’s gates Wednesday to lead a discussion at Intel’s Santa Clara headquarters where 20 tech companies will explain their plans to hire more people of color and women.

Some tech leaders are listening to their message. At the fundraiser Jealous spoke at Thursday at Twitter, Janet Van Huysse, the company’s vice president of diversity and inclusion, said, “Tech companies, as everyone in this room knows, have really struggled to build a truly diverse workforce. And Twitter is no exception.”

Jealous’ new employer is building a relationship with Twitter. Kapor Klein has visited Twitter several times and offered suggestions on how to diversify the firm’s recruiting and promotion process.


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  • MekongDelta69

    Watch as Silicone Valley turns into Sili-con Valley.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Blacks will “fix” Silicon Valley the same way the Three Stooges used to try fixing a clogged sink with their plumbing equipment and ended up reducing a mansion to rubble.

    • Anna Tree

      Silly-con Valley lol
      The upper middle class whites didn’t care when working and poor class of whites lose their jobs to the vibrant diversity they and the elites love so much that they want millions more to come, as long as it’s not in their gated communities: they didn’t care when the poorer neighborhoods were swamped by those thugs and gangs or when the poorer schools bused ghetto blacks or when drug resistant
      tuberculosis illegal aliens sit next to those whites.

      Let’s see if now they get it, when it is their jobs and their neighborhoods and their kids who are sacrificed to the god of diversity. Let’s see if their are still pathological altruists.

      I fear they are. It’s not only sadly a defect of our white DNA when applied to non-whites, but it is also what religion (this one secular) does to the minds of its followers.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “A Tree Shaker and a Jelly Maker Try to Fix Tech”

    What ever happened to, “If it isn’t broke don’t fix it”? Let’s see, Big Tech is highly innovative and highly profitable so what exactly needs to be fixed in this flourishing field? Oh, that’s right, not enough blacks. The percentage of black employees is far more important than profit or innovation in business. How silly of me to think otherwise.

    • Jacobite2

      Much of the rest of the US has been dealing with this for 40 years. And we’re talking about police, firemen, and doctors.

      • joanofamerica

        you forgot government, it used to be halfway well run until affirmative action.

        • Jacobite2

          That was a fluky period between the Civil Service Act and Reagan’s abolition of the PACE Exam, which made all the AA programs possible. BTW, an excellent example of ‘conservative’ ideology gone wrong, wrong, wrong. Only the Right has the answers.

  • Neither the tree shaker nor the jelly maker have ever written a functional line of code in their lives.

    • dukem1

      I’d guess that most of “Big Tech” has enough cash stashed away to buy off these hustlers.
      I suppose a gaggle of AA hires could add value…enough high-paid window dressing to keep the mau-maus and DOJ from the door.

  • I haven’t worked in the tech industry in over 14 years, and it still feels good. If the industry can find other guys to red-line their blood pressures doing that $#!& to make other people rich, more power to them. I’d rather be fishing.

  • What the hell is a “vice president of diversity and inclusion”? And does this also mean that there is a “president of diversity and inclusion”????

    Excuse me while I go drink myself to sleep.

    • Rhialto

      What the hell is a “vice president of diversity and inclusion”?

      I don’t know what it is, but it’s
      Not a White male!

      • AndrewInterrupted

        They are the “Demographic Gods”, as they were called at the defense contractor where I worked for ten years.
        The Gods weren’t happy with me and I was eventually purged: too white, too male, too hetero, too qualified.

        They are the “quota keepers”. (But, no quotas exist–of course…Shhhhhhhhh).

      • archer

        It’s an excuse to pay some people an exorbitant amount of money for knowing little and doing less. The job requires that you find like minded people and put them in positions that they are utterly unqualified for.

    • evilsandmich

      I think that it was Steve Sailer who had equated “diversity” with fascism in that Nazis wouldn’t edit the content of “cat fancy” magazine, but would inquire why no national socialists were on the editorial board. These diversitards are little more than ideologcal enforcers for elite mores.

  • Leave it to liberals to try and “fix” something that isn’t even broken. The “fix” is in, for sure.

  • DLRisVH


    • dd121

      Anybody got a Green Card handy?

  • David Ashton

    “Africa must take its place in the global science stage, says Thierry Zomahoun…CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. He leads the Next Einstein initiative, which aims to create a premier scientific network across the continent… ‘You just need paper and a pencil and you are good to go… Do you realise that in 2050, 40 per cent of the world’s youth will be African. If the energy of this youth is not harnessed positively, it will be a disaster for Africa and also the entire world… There are not many young African scientists who are able to get a visa to travel to Europe of the US for big. It doesn’t matter how smart they are, they get turned down’.” – New Scientist, December 6, p.29.

    • Who Me?

      Africa is an exceptionally rich, rich continent. The range and diversity of plants and animals is (was) unmatched by any other place on the planet. It is a land where you can literally walk outside and pick up diamonds from the ground. But even with all these and other myriad riches at hand, the humanoids living there never invented reading and/or writing, never even invented the wheel. And they NEVER developed the gene that allows them to adapt to anything beyond a hunter/gather, sporadic herdsman lifestyle. No matter how long they have been in another place, no matter how much education and opportunity they are offered, no matter how much they are given, they are still primitive at the core. They still need somebody to take care of them.

      • David Ashton

        Personally I am inclined to agree with James Watson, J.C. Carothers, Richard Lynn, J.P. Rushton and J.R, Baker about this, but there are a small number of black Africans with higher IQs, and the proof of the pudding will be in the eating, Meanwhile, the population explosion there is a world danger,

      • saxonsun

        “Never dreamed a sail.”

    • rebelcelt

      There will not be so many if we would not give them food and medicine and dig their wells for them. It seems that Aids has been pacified there. So, we must be giving them medicine to treat it. Just let them be and their population will implode.

    • RationaliseThis

      New scientist, like Scientiffic American, is a left wing propaganda rag. I don’t know how they got infected and when but they are.

      • David Ashton

        Agreed. It becomes increasingly obvious, e.g. their recent article on the benefits of immigration.

  • Ograf

    I mean silicon valley can only use so many janitors and dishwashers etc.

    • none of your business

      They have illegal hispanics for that.

    • Reynardine

      Didn’t you see Day Without a Mexican? White Californians are incapable of eating, cleaning, doing yard work, or pooping without the help of illegal aliens.

      • Alexandra1973

        I understand the freeways didn’t have such an issue with gridlock that day.

        • Urbane Neanderthal

          Hit and runs were also down 587% that day.

  • superlloyd

    Minorities, people of colour, diversity etc. really means blacks as they are the only demographic that can’t compete on merit in high tech, due to their feeble bellcurve profile. Their participation will only increase if high tech wants to self destruct.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Meanwhile the Rev. Jesse Jackson, 73, is using his trademark bullhorn activism to attack an industry

    Jackson’s trademark is a form of bull, all right, but not the kind this writer is thinking of.

    Kapor Center for Social Impact program aimed at helping youths of color

    Oh God, please have mercy. “Youths of color?” Is that the newest politically correct term now? Besides, in modern-day America, isn’t that a redundancy? If the news mentions “youths, then it’s going to be youths of color.

    I have an idea: if tech is “broken” and hiring more “youths of color” is the way to fix it, why is it that they always want to inject these “youths of color” into white companies?

    Why don’t the “youths of color” start their own companies, let the whites keep theirs, and then we’ll see who does best?

    Oh, that’s right, the leftists don’t want that, because then they know that the “youths of color” won’t be able to compete and the whole farce will be exposed for what it is.

  • Simonetta

    I’ve tried to be in the high-tech industry for about 30 years. I’ve been to school and got the various degrees. I dabble a bit in repairing dumpster discard electronics and do Arduino programming as well as old-fashioned nano-second stepping assembly language programming of various microprocessors. I believe that I am/could/would be the type of employee that the STEM industry is always claiming that they are ‘looking for’.

    But I rarely work and I doubt that I’ll ever get hired again. Many if not most jobs in STEM below the Master’s degree level are perma-temp positions. Where you get ‘hired’ for a six-month or one-year ‘contract’ so that Microsoft/Intel/Tektronix/Google doesn’t have to pay any benefits whatsoever and can toss you away like used kleenex when your ‘contract’ is finished. There is never any or systematic skills upgrading or classes offered to keep up with what is the fastest changing profession on earth. Nor is there ever any organized training in the position that you have been ‘hired’ for. It is not uncommon to have to take much or most of the contract period to simply learn what you are supposed to be doing. The only good thing about being an American electronics technician that if you manage to get a 1-year contract, then you can get unemployment benefits when its over, usually.

    Employment when it does happen is always ‘at whim’, which means that you can work for a company for 15 years, be the most productive employee, double their profits, master every detail of their product line, and get fired for having a 15th century art picture of the Virgin Mary on your PC, or telling the secretary that there is no country called ‘Cordoba’ in South America (both sexual harassment), or blowing all the fuses in the office because the emergency eye-wash station drained directly onto a power strip on the floor instead of being connected to the plumbing. All have happened to me. I know, cry me a river, etc… The point is that high tech is not a normal mature industry. It is run morons and spoiled children. And nerds….

    Only two kinds of people work in high-tech: nerds and the people who service their needs. African-Americans mostly want to be Africans; some want to be Americans. But none of them want to be nerds. Which is the real reason why you don’t find any of them working in high-tech. High intelligence and low social skills are needed. Basically any black person smart enough to get a job in STEM is smart enough to realize that the last thing any smart black person wants is a job in any STEM field.

    This is what Jesse Jackson doesn’t understand.

    • Reynardine

      Where are you located? C’mon out to KC, we got plenty of jobs. Just don’t live anywhere between 75th and the River.

    • JohnEngelman

      The time to get a job in high tech was right after the IBM mainframe was introduced in 1964. All one needed to know was COBOL, and OS or DOS job control language. In addition it helped to learn Assembler. These could be learned in six months to a year by someone with an IQ of 115 or above. That is to say, by the upper one third of the range.

      That lasted with a brief intermission during the recession of 1974 until the recession of 1982. Now the field is very competitive and very specialized. Ten years of experience in any speciality is likely to be obsolete. Knowledge of that specialty is unlikely to be transferable.

      Employers are looking for “the perfect candidate who can hit the ground running.” The field is so crowded they can find him.

      • bigred0721

        Yet companies like Google, Facebook and Apple continue to threaten, bribe and cajole politicians for more H-1B visa employees.

        • JohnEngelman

          Indeed they do. Immigration is one of several areas where the interests of American employees is at variance with the interests of American employers.

          The Republican Party has always been dominated by the business community. That is why I do not expect Republican politicians to do anything to stop amnesty other than to complain loudly enough to be heard by the Republican rank and file.

          Republicans love to lose on social issues. They manage to win on economic issues. That is why the rich get richer while most pay checks lose ground to inflation.

          • bigred0721

            I have read with great dismay that Ted Cruz wants to greatly increase H-1B visas for tech workers. I had such high hopes for him.

          • JohnEngelman

            Follow the money. The Republican Party has always been dominated by the business community. Businessmen want more immigrants so that they can lower wages. If you keep that in mind, you will never be surprised.

    • Sheik Yerbouti

      ” It is not uncommon to have to take much or most of the contract period to simply learn what you are supposed to be doing.”

      I’ve seen this. It’s usually an AA hire who is packed off to a cubicle with a few very easy tasks. People who can actually do the job carry far more value.

  • dd121

    You can stuff all the blacks you want into tech companies and they can be carried as non-functioning overhead. That’s largely what corporations do it now. But you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

    • Jacobite2

      Unfortunately, minorities aren’t just hired and retained by quota; they also get promoted by quota. Yeah, it’s fun to smirk at the Zulu in the next cube, but one day you all get called into the office to meet your new supervisor. Life does not improve.

      • none of your business

        In every field AAs do a lot of damage as supervisors. They can destroy a department.

        • Jacobite2

          Well, I sure wish I was finding that out from you, instead of from 25 years of experience. I will say there were normally stupid ones, who just sat behind a desk and signed everything I threw in front of them. The real dregs didn’t understand that they didn’t understand, and started telling us all what to do. That was catastrophe.

  • Adolf Verloc

    “Early next year, the Kapor Center for Social Impact will release interactive graphics showing the “leaks” in the science and technology education pipeline–where low-income and minority candidates fall off the path to tech.” That would be about nine months prior to birth.

  • Yves Vannes

    The clown who wrote this article for the SFChron usually takes dictation from media matters and then adds his byline to the piece.

    The only jobs NAMs are going to get are positions that are one step above the contributions made by office furniture. NAMs are more or less absent in upper lever tech and science courses. In grad schools they don’t exist – DESPITE a lot of recruiting and money offers. Every incoming freshman math dept. class at Berkeley has about 10 to 12 black American kids. Usually, kids don’t get assigned to the dept until their junior year, but if they are black they get a little extra attention so they can get up to speed. Most math majors at Bkly start out with 3rd semester calc. Some of these Diversity math students need to start out in precalc. Math Majors! By the time they are officially accepted as members of the dept in their junior year there are only 1 or 2 – and often none left. The ones left are typically from Trinidad or from Africa. The same holds true in computer sci and in all hard science depts. Doesn’t matter if it’s Berkeley or San Francisco State or the USA or Japan or Austria. When it’s crunch time you will find only white and asian males.

    The race jockeys will get a few bananas thrown their way. If they get too pushy and demand too much – well these companies already have a lot of real estate overseas, they will just add to it and kiss this place sayonnara.

    • kikz2

      not to mention the headhunter side of the equation…. NAM’s don’t exactly fit the ‘purple squirrel’ demographic… 🙂

  • JohnEngelman

    I wish a few CEO’s who are pressured to hire more blacks and Hispanics would have the courage to stand up and explain why they don’t.

    Jesse Jackson could call for a boycott of the products the companies of these CEO’s produce. I doubt it would matter. Blacks and Hispanics have less money to buy that stuff. Whites and Asians are getting tired of this nonsense.

  • Blacks do not have the patience to be good at detail work. That old jungle energy gets in the way and they go wandering down the hallways looking for a secretary to “muh dik.” Microsoft already has a reputation for crappy products. Unleashing black programmers to develop Windows 10 is going to spell disaster for them.

    Looking on the bright side, Bill Gates will have less money to donate to keeping Africans alive via vaccinations and whatever.

    • none of your business

      Amen to that. I consider myself a victim of windows 8-1. There should be a class action lawsuit. I didn’t realize what I was buying. i assumed it would be like Vista windows 7. But windows 8-1 is insane, basically 2 or 3 steps added to what was done in windows 7.

      • Who Me?

        And it apparently has no word processor, included. I refuse to pay $69.99 a month for “Office”. The tech support sux, they told me my old printer wouldn’t work, wasn’t compatible–well it’s working just fine… I REALLY don’t need Microsoft Mahjong… but would like to be able to copy/print a recipe.

      • 1G25

        And Windows 7 hypercomplicated what was easily done with XP.

        • Alexandra1973

          Vista’s a memory hog. I can run Sims 2 with all expansions on 2 or 3 GB of RAM with no problem on Windows 7. On Vista it lags big-time.

          I’m currently running Sims 3 and most expansions on Windows 7 and 3 GB of RAM. It does all right. I can’t imagine running it with Vista. *shudder*

  • Jacobite2

    Getting the hot ideas from a race of people who never figured out the wheel ought to be awesome. I have to say that getting stuck with mobs of non-functional, but highly litigious employees couldn’t happen to a nice bunch of Gods’ Chosen People.

    • none of your business

      Media,music,entertainment and financial fraud are Jewish. Tech and STEM are European goys.

      • Reynardine

        And, might I add, they don’t really work in music, they are “producers” who corrupt young talent.

      • Jacobite2

        Europeans are tops in music and visual arts, but economics, math, and science are turf that the Ashkenazim hold the high ground in. Look, average Jewish IQ in the US is 117. Chances are, any Jew I meet is smarter than me. But smart doesn’t trump actual knowledge, as long as you can keep the action in your bailiwick. All the military geniuses of the past, I believe, have stressed how crucial it is to always know your enemy. One useful fact is to watch what your enemy is afraid of or bothered by. Jews everywhere and at all times have feared the Right wing in a healthy society. They messed that up in Germany, Poland, Finland, Hungary, etc., in the 20s when they made serious plays for power, but look at the USA today. Does this look like a healthy society? Does any Right wing exist, outside of Idaho?

  • AndrewInterrupted

    Oh, I see our favorite octaroon, Ben Jealous, is back at it.
    He wasn’t black enough for the NAACP, but he’s black enough for the LGBT Nation.

    • Jared Arrevois


    • Reynardine

      Is “Ben Jealous” his porn name?

      • AndrewInterrupted

        Wait until Ben Jealous finds out all that “White” in Silicon Valley is actually “tribe”. Ruh-roh. The diversity dumb-down-drill doesn’t apply to “the chosen ones”. Watch the race cards fly. “Diversity for thee, not for me”.

  • LeonNJ

    It would be hilarious if one day there were to be an all black company in SV and one day someone finds a hidden door in the basement and it turns out it’s a room filled with Asians doing all the work while the blacks are just there to make headlines on CNN.

  • none of your business

    Silicon Valley has already stopped recruiting at top schools like Stanford. Its favorite school is those IIT Indian Institutes of Technology the most useless diploma mills in the world that gives diplomas to anyone who can pay the tuition and come to class once a week.

  • Reynardine

    “A Tree Shaker and a Jelly Maker Try to Fix Tech”

    They admit they do shakedowns?

  • kikz2

    geeks don’t have the time, nor the will to babysit ‘tards’.

  • Reverend Bacon

    Well, if racism is keeping blacks down, that means that somewhere, there are lots of talented blacks who could create the next great tech business. Why don’t Jesse and Ben just take Rich Mitch’s money, and get some from some other rich “people of color,” and fund that business? If they’re right, they’ll make billions proving how stupid the rest of the Valley is.

    Something tells me the outcome might be different.

  • PvtCharlieSlate

    The term “tree shaker” brings to mind the image of a screeching, angry monkey out on a tree limb shaking the branches with one paw and flinging his turds with the other.

  • MathMan

    Let’s see, now, where are the successful industrial companies run by blacks – anywhere in the world? I can’t see any. Can anyone else with better eyesight see any? No? I wonder why that might be?

  • TheHBD

    Hilarious…now they want to ruin the only industry America still has going for it…software. As a twenty-year tech veteran, I have seen first hand the results of tech ‘diversity’…shiftless, lazy co-workers who break twice as much as they fix, insert themselves into every technical discussion to cloud it and hinder any progress, then loudly complain that they are advancing because of…you guessed it, “racism” As a programmer, I can tell you with all certainty, that I have never, ever seen a black person be able to program effectively. It’s really just something they can’t grasp. It really highlights the lack of or total absence of abstract thinking skills that defines their race. So here we go…another set of shackles put on successful business in this country. Another road-block on the way to our future prosperity. Just think of how much we could have accomplished in the past fifty years if we weren’t continually held back by this never ending burden.

    • BTW could you give me any sources for African coding companies that can write a subroutine for coupled heat transfer in shell & tube heat condensing exchangers for computational fluid dynamics? I’d like for some of my suppliers to be African & with all the “boom” that The Economist was claiming to be occurring in Africa, I thought you could help me find some.

  • RationaliseThis

    If the tech giant owners don’t throw some money our way affirmitve action will kill them through a retarded uncompetitive workforce. They probably think they can isolate themselves with an elite global workforce. Within the next 10 years I expect other nations to be able to undertake their own operating systems. The Japanese tried with TRON but had to back down because the U.S. threatened sanctions as TRON had some government backing.

  • LHathaway

    This will just mean More discrimination against people of color, born in this nation. They will hire persons of color born overseas. They were going to anyway, but this just gives them more reason to.

  • Urbane Neanderthal

    “Jealous, who left the NAACP last year after turning around the flagging civil rights organization, doesn’t believe Silicon Valley lives up to its aspirations of meritocracy.”

    Either that or as all IQ testing shows, blacks do not have the intelligence to merit proportional representation in high tech fields.

    • Alexandra1973

      I would think that were it a pure meritocracy, it’d be a lot LESS diverse.

  • mael

    They should spend their energy on diversifying israel.

  • LHathaway

    “That comes after the state spent about $2.25 billion on new magnets and other programs throughout the region over a 10-year period”.

    It was a different school system, but I remember reading an article that mentioned the local school system had spent millions of dollars simply on public relations for their new integration plan. They’d spent millions of dollars in that town simply on ‘advertisements’ selling the schools. Millions. Likely much of that budget was spent on selling the magnet schools. Does that buy a teacher or administrator who visits talking about the wonderful programs (that can’t be found anywhere else) than that school? Does it buy guidance councilors? Billboards? (yes it does) Articles in the paper (heck, they don’t even have to pay the paper to print propaganda it’s ‘for a good cause’. It’s what they do. Part of being a good citizen). Does it buy ‘public service announcements’ and on air or paper postings? How much of this is specifically racial? Is it part of a larger agenda? Is spending 10 million dollars, specifically on public relations promoting magnet schools, is this an excuse or ‘cover’ for a larger racial pacification program, in a ‘targeted’ area whose youth may need it?

    If it is, AmRen certainly has it’s ‘work cut out for it’.

    There’s no reaching out to oldsters, or even children, who are white, in non-white areas. Far from it. They value diversity (by which they mean themselves) there more than anywhere. In fact, the more youths there are in an area, the more the media and education system must be pro-youth. In areas where there are oldsters, the media and education system also has to be pro-youth, in order to foster sensitivity. At least towards those who count. Sometimes race exists. Sometimes it’s like one of those particles in physics that might appear for a moment but then leave no trace that can be noticed.

  • rebelcelt

    Just exactly who is forcing Blacks not to enter the Tech field? Exactly what schools are not allowing Blacks into their I.T. programs?

    • John Smith

      Math and science is racist.

  • Michigan Patriot

    Why always the black parasitism ? Liberals claim everyone is equal . Liberals don’t believe their own racial / cultural b.s. but all too White Christians are too Christian and let their standards down, viola, diversity sub-standard results and social decay starts !

  • Bunky

    Oh, this will be good.
    I can’t wait to see the “black” internet.

  • serious123

    NBA basketball team are the classic example as to why blacks are not hired in high tech firms. In the NBA the teams that hire the best players win, regardless of race. There is no fixing that unless you could actually fix the games and that is not only illegal folks are caught at it pretty quick. Team owners simply don’t care what your race is as long as you can get their team to the top. That other businesses would act any different is illogical.

  • Paleoconn

    A most appropriate name: Jealous. As in jealous of our part of the bell curve.

    • John Smith

      The guy is almost white, but he definitely got the black “chip on the shoulder.”