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- Appreciate the mention. Seriously.
As far as this whole topic, there is definitely an issue and it's not just in SV. The issue, though, is not really with racism. There is nothing you can do to cure ignorance or usually even to get someone to empathize with your situation. On that end, I agree with in that we just have to keep the lines of communication open.
Primarily, though, this all boils down to being outside the circle. Ever watch Basketball Wives or Real Housewives of Atlanta? We are outside of the circle. It's worse than that, though. We are outside of the circle of people who are outside the circle. Sure, we hang around with the tech "elite" occasionally. You catch a black face or two at one of these big conferences. We are doing important things, but when the action breaks out, nobody is paying us any mind. We don't even get to sit on stage at the reunion.
We do really need to look out for each other and I'm sure many of you into tech already see this. It's not totally a race thing to me, it's more of an influence thing and the thing is, we can actually change that. I will avoid the whole analogy about the open hand verses the fist, but it's up to us to give each other shine. Eventually, everybody else will see us shining too.
and I'm not talking about buying bling and rimsOct 28, 2011
- My name is.. oh my name is..oops my name is. Do you know me? I'm the black guy in Douglas Coupland's classic, Microsurfs. I ran the biggest LAN in the world in 1985, fool. I debugged object-oriented, client server stuff and did SOA before Ethernet was commercialized. I knew a black man who owned seven Computerland stores before the Cosby Show was on TV. He did two tours in Vietnam, had a masters degree in Physics, drove a convertible red Ferrari, wore a six inch fro. You all forget that diversity means nothing. And the only people who are not afraid to say so are people who don't need it. And the only people who don't need it are the ones not trying to make themselves look more 'socially responsible' than they are. You know who you are, or are not.
There is no circle. There is no we. There is you, and there is what you know. Most people on the planet don't get paid for what they know, and some of you are trying to get money and props for who you know,er associate with. Damn. Foolishness is eternal.
I think I've heard this argument 100 times before. I'm going to say that race shouldn't matter and you should behave as if it doesn't. And then somebody else is going to say that's not how the real world works. And then I'm going to say, explain me and everyone I care about. And then somebody is going to say, you're exceptional. And I'm going to say, more's the pity because it works for me. And then we're about thirty minutes from the equivalent of crying and slobbering about 400 years of oppression. Then I'm going to say, tell it to the Nigerians. And then somebody's going to say, what on earth do you mean by that? And I'm going to continue to be an asshole about it.
The bottom line is that America is the richest country in the world and I work every day with young men who struggle with English who came halfway around the world to sit in a cube, happily answering Dilbert questions. Young men who sit in the cafeteria and eat sack lunches and take the bus to and from work and send money to their parents. Oh the pitiable suffering! Of course they don't share their pain with me because my skin is the wrong shade of brown...but I don't know if they consider their lot to be suffering. I just know some of them are competent and some are not, but sooner or later they are almost everywhere. You know who I'm talking about.
So if this race thing is so important and logical, where is the brown brotherhood? 'Diversity' is a negotiated settlement between black Americans and white Americans - so how does it happen that black Americans don't have a deal with Indians? That's because it's an old proprietary compiled code started with the Civil Service that some lazy people are trying to port over to a new industry. Don't be mad because it doesn't work.
Seriously for a moment. I was a national officer with NSBE back in the 80s. I spent years preaching the gospel of CS to undergrads. But you can't make people love the discipline required to succeed, just telling them how sweet success is. The only people who are going to succeed big time in this industry are those who come to their Officer and a Gentleman moment, they don't wash out because they want it and they've got nowhere else to go. So it's their everything and nothing can stop them - they love the discipline and it's all they want to do. They end up like my man with the six inch fro, with no need for community service charity or special market arrangements. When you are truly committed to the core discipline, you'll have a hard enough time getting all the wankers in the industry to take the proper road - so why try to sell the special market stuff? Race is a lie. When being lied about, don't deal in lies.Oct 31, 2011
- Just WOW! I am confused at this point....? I would like to contribute to the conversation. I do not live in Silicon Valley. I live in Frederick, Md...I wonder where does my voice fit into this conversation? I have visit Culpertino, CA as an outsource Apple Representative.Nov 1, 2011
- I think your voice definitely has a place in this conversation. This is a much bigger issue than Silicon Valley and must be tackled at the national level.Nov 1, 2011
- OKgoing to bed right now. I will ponder about my article in my sleep. Good Morning to all...I will be back on Wednesday.Nov 1, 2011
- Thanks Shawn and Delores. I am going to tag you guys on another post where I will clarify the vision for this project and give you a few tips. Thanks so much for volunteering to do this.Nov 1, 2011