Google Backs 3-City Program for Black, Latino Techies

Jessica Guynn, USA Today, March 16, 2015

The growing effort to get more African Americans and Hispanics to join tech companies or start their own is hitting the road, pushing beyond Silicon Valley into the rest of the nation.

Google is backing a new pilot program from CODE2040 in three cities. Starting this year in Chicago, Austin and Durham, N.C., the San Francisco non-profit will give minority entrepreneurs in each city a one-year stipend and free office space.

CODE2040 is a non-profit founded in 2012 that focuses on getting more African Americans and Hispanics into the tech workforce. It has graduated nearly 50 fellows, many of whom have gone to work for companies such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Uber. The group’s name refers to the year the population of minorities in the U.S. is expected to overtake whites.

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Silicon Valley has never been diverse, but until last year, no one had any idea just how dominated by white and Asian men the tech industry here is.

In May 2014, Google disclosed that 30% of its workers are female and in the U.S. 2% of its workers are African American and 3% are Hispanic.

By the end of the summer, Apple, Facebook, Twitter and other major tech companies had followed with their own statistics, all of which showed the same lack of diversity.

“Releasing our numbers last year was a really important first step, and we were really happy to see other companies do that as well,” says John Lyman, head of partnerships for Google for Entrepreneurs. “This is an issue that Google really cares about. We really believe that better products are created by a workforce as diverse as the people who use them.”

That said, “a lot of the conversation is happening in Silicon Valley, which is great. But we also want to get it out to different parts of the country,” Lyman says.

So Google is putting money and resources behind the new CODE2040 Residency. CODE2040 received $775,000 in grants from Google in February to work on bringing more African Americans and Hispanics into tech.

Beyond getting the free office space in tech hubs in Chicago, Austin and Durham for one year and $40,000 in seed funding for their start-ups, the three entrepreneurs also get a trip to Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., as well as face time with investors, mentoring from entrepreneurs through Google For Entrepreneurs and CODE2040’s network and support from CODE2040 on building their diversity programs.

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  • We have here a rare example of the moving goalpost definition of diversity itself being moved within the article. Follow the bouncing ball:

    CODE2040 is a non-profit founded in 2012 that focuses on getting more African Americans and Hispanics into the tech workforce. It has graduated nearly 50 fellows, many of whom have gone to work for companies such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Uber. The group’s name refers to the year the population of minorities in the U.S. is expected to overtake whites.

    Then:

    Silicon Valley has never been diverse, but until last year, no one had any idea just how dominated by white and Asian men the tech industry here is.

    Asians are “minorities” when GOOG wants to celebrate minorities overtaking whites in total population, but “not diverse” when it comes to SV tech firms’ personnel.

    • archer

      Silicon valley has never been diverse, but has any other high paying job, that doesn’t have government intrusion like quotas. In other words don’t “the cream always rise to the top”.

  • Truthseeker

    There’s something truly creepy, almost genocidal, about them choosing the name of their program based on the decline of our race.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Time to get organized. Magna Europa. Cultivate a nastiness. Work out. Train. Get mean.

      Chicks like that, by the way…

    • John Smith

      Agreed 100%.

    • Truthseeker, our race isn’t declining of it’s own free will. It’s being given a push by liberals and others who stand behind the curtain pulling the strings. Whites are forced to limit their reproduction because of the high taxes and other factors that tyranny has imposed on us. While we limit our numbers, the muds reproduce at alarmingly high rates due to our dollars and jobs being handed over them. The feds can make us do whatever they want because they have more guns than we do.

      • H. Leonskoi

        “The British can make us do whatever they want because they have more guns than we do.” Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, not!

        With all due respect, and you usually make a lot of sense, are you imagining the government in a conventional war against the citizens with tank battles and set-piece battle arrays on the plains? Do you imagine that all soldiers and police would be in total solidarity against the citizen? Have you read Chittum? Are you aware of events that took place in the former Yugoslavia? Do people still sacrifice captured weapons in bogs as in bronze age Denmark?

        The government can make us do whatever they want because of acquiescent defeatists and controlled opposition poisoning the well.

        • I’m optimistic that in the longer run the government will collapse so that Civil War Two will not be necessary. However, all my comment meant to convey is that government operates on the principle of coercion, with their dictates backed up by the threat of violence. That’s why they’re trying so desperately to turn the military antiwhite via installing homos and blacks and Mexicans. They’re also trying to do the same with the police. When they disarm us, we’ll be sitting ducks for a nonwhite police and military. That’s why we may need to start the revolution pretty soon.

          I hope that clarifies what I was trying to say and adds to it.

      • listenupbub

        We can think around this problem in the short term. Many whites have large houses with extra bedrooms. We can have multigenerational families.

        We can also have polygamy.

        If whites are as serious about survival as I am, we would consider this.This is not the time to enforce a “white” definition of life success. This is time to prevent a true failure of the white race.

        Oh well, it’s not like my comment will ever do any good…

      • Michael Robert Ryan

        Actually, we have more guns than they do–about a quarter of a billion of them, according to the most conservative estimates–but we lack the will to use them. As conditions worsen, though, hopefully that will change.

      • archer

        There are still a lot of white’s that would love to have the mother be able to stay home and have 3 children or more, but we are paying for those that can’t or will not work, or cannot earn enough money to be self supportive without a government handout of some type. We are financing our own destruction, ” if you can’t feed them don’t breed them”.

        • Northern American-Nationalist

          Don’t pay for them.
          Don’t finance our destruction.

          It’s called civil disobedience.

          When the tax collectors come banging down your door, you tell them exactly why you refuse to allow them to steal your wealth. Let them chew on that for a bit; then, tell it to the judge or jury too. Let the court record it for posterity’s knowledge, and tell your cell mate after that. Prisoners are some of the most race realistic in our society.

    • bilderbuster

      “Almost”? They appear to be getting bolder and bolder about the long term plan each year.

  • LHathaway

    What they will do is hire more persons of color born overseas, all of whom are eligible for affirmative action. They will actually discriminate against people born in this country in order to meet diversity goals. It all must be a matter of ethics. It’s A-OK to discriminate against people of color born in this nation as long as a certain number of White men are displaced or X amount of color is added into the mix.

    • Lion’s Mane

      It’s just mind-boggling that those born overseas are eligible for affirmative action! Young Whites — especially males — face so much discrimination at this point. They’ll pay someone overseas to become a doctor, but woe to the bright white male who aspires to the same career.

      • LHathaway

        He’s privileged; an oppressor actually. It’s global, I tell you.

      • Susannah

        The anti-White practice of affirmative action disgusts me to the extreme. I have three young White male children whose ancestors have been in America since the 1620s and have contributed greatly to this nation, and now they are essentially at the bottom of the line when it comes to educational and employment opportunities. If this outrageous practice isn’t ended in the near future, it’s going to get much, much worse. It will never be ended by those who benefit once they take the reins of power.

        • Lion’s Mane

          We must find the way. Every time I see a White child on his way to school, I am saddened to think how the cards are deliberately stacked against him. Your sons deserve the opportunity the fulfill their potential. My heart goes out to them and to all others in their situation. If nothing is done to restore full human rights to American Whites, China just may end up ruling the country.

        • LHathaway

          The worse they treat Whites, the more they must believe Whites are evil, in order to justify their behavior.

        • archer

          You have to wonder where all this diversity training and “white privilege” propaganda is going to help the system when all the so called gen xer’s and millennial’s are the ones experiencing discrimination through race based admissions and affirmative action hiring practices. I wonder how many of them really buy into that hokum.

          • listenupbub

            The thing I am hoping for is an awakening among millenials.

            However, even though most of the millenial friends I have known are fully aware of affirmative action, and know that the colored people around them who are getting jobs and getting into professions are less qualified, they will still vote Democrat, in the interest of non-whites, against the interest of whites.

            They seem to believe that it is a moral wrong to do otherwise.

            If we whites are going to destroy ourselves, I would at least like to know that the world will thank us and respect us centuries from now for raising them up. But that won’t happen! We will go down in history as devils.

    • listenupbub

      The difficulty of making a living as a white male is staggering.

  • John Smith

    The day the industry employs significant numbers of non-asian minorities, especially negroes, is the day the Chinese kick our asses and never look back.

  • JGTThrasher

    Well, now I’m pissed that I bought a chromebook.

    • You could have bought a MacBook Air.

      (But don’t look at that other AR story today.)

      • JGTThrasher

        Yes, it seems as if every facet of consumer culture is against us. The only light that I see is the rise of nationalist parties in Europe, but for us here in ‘Merica I see little to put hope in. In my view our only choice is erecting a type of Orania, but the regulations would fight against it tooth and nail, and the ones with wealth that could establish such a thing are too comfortable in their gated communities. Mean while the rest of us have to deal with the effects of diversity. I am sick of the violence, the noise, and the general ugliness of section 8 and rental properties ruining what would otherwise be good neighborhoods. I have done my best to keep our neighborhood safe by taking action that removed a major drug house where we had a drive by 4 houses down from me, but time and tide is against my neighborhood. We are dealing with legal issues now because of things going on that I will share when they are over.

        • bilderbuster

          A French friend told me there are neighborhoods in French cities where the residents pay the government a special fee/tax for the government not to put any public housing there.

  • Hammerheart

    Why don’t they just start shoveling stacks of one hundred dollar bills into a furnace? Quicker effect, same result.

    • bilderbuster

      Because then the money would only burn.
      This way Whites don’t get hired.

  • LexiconD1

    My Mom worked for Verizon. As a former employee, we all got the ‘family’ discount, even though I live in my own home, as does my brother. When I was having trouble with my computer, I called the tech division for help…I got a black from Texas.

    One of the dumbest morons ever. He had NO IDEA of what he was doing. He actually screwed up my computer worse than before I called for help. I reported him, through my Mom (she was still working there at the time).

    I noticed they got rid of those guys, and went back to India, and the Philippines, shortly there after. No way was I the only one to complain.

    No way will these guys give better service than I’ve already experienced with them. I’d hang up if I heard a black or Hispanic voice (and yes, I CAN tell.)

    • LHathaway

      I suspect much phone work has gone overseas because they are the only ones who can be trusted with your credit card number.

  • richard garyson

    All they need to do is hire more cleaning staff so that there is a one-to-one ratio of computer engineers and custodial engineers.

  • WR_the_realist

    America spends billions of dollars on the hopelessly ineducable, while the truly gifted are stuck in schools that hold them back and are left on their own.

    • Lion’s Mane

      I wish I could give this 100 upvotes.

  • evilsandmich

    For those keeping score, this is the attempt to payoff Jesse Jackson’s anti-H1B stand. Woe to them if “brother Jesse” can do some math and figure out that these rounding errors for donations don’t go nearly far enough to provide H1-B CYA.

  • LeonNJ

    I wonder if these blacks and Browns get a natural high working for a program that literally represents the end of the White man? 2040 and beyond are going to be some wild times!

    • bilderbuster

      I should have grand kids that will be of shooting age by then to help their mean old racist grandfather Bilderbuster in the fight.

  • listenupbub

    This is an issue that Google really cares about. We really believe that
    better products are created by a workforce as diverse as the people who
    use them.

    Obviously lying through his teeth.

    • evilsandmich

      Writing “this is our ‘get out of diversity jail free card'” would probably be a bit obvious.

  • Dale McNamee

    Remember folks , diversity means CRAP…

  • Tom in MI

    In what year will Asians become a minority in any Asian country? My guess is infinity + 1.

  • bubo

    If only CODE2040 had come to Durham sooner, Demario Atwater and Laurance Lovette Jr. wouldn’t have been forced to murder UNC Student Body President Eve Carson out of despair over racial discrimination keeping them from the high tech careers they longed for.

  • Hilis Hatki

    How much more tech do we need! They want to monitor our thoughts and emotions as the entire human race lives together in a real time virtual world.

  • Light from the East

    “We really believe that better products are created by a workforce as diverse as the people who use them.”

    Believe without evidence???

    When do a company like Google choose to blindly believe rather than to make decisions by facts?

  • USofAntiWhite

    Code2040… can you get any more anti-White than that?

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