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Twitter Admits Lacks Diversity (Like Other Social Media)

From USA Today:

After much pressure, Twitter releases its diversity figures

Reports by Yahoo, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter show that five of the tech sector’s largest companies are largely white and male.

By Elizabeth Weise and Jessica Guynn | July 23, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — 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.

We will later learn that the "public pressure" here is Jesse Jackson. Who has been trying to shakedown Twitter and the rest of Silicon Valley for months now.

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.

Can anyone help their gender or the color of their skin?

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…

What is the logic here? Why should the racist and gender composition of your company make you any more or less proud?

Over the past two months, Yahoo, Google, Facebook and LinkedIn have reported that their staffs are between 62% and 70% male. Whites and Asians make up between 88% and 91%.

Aren’t these are the same more paragons who constantly lecture the rest of us on the need for diversity?

That has dismayed Blacks [sic] and Hispanics who say they are major consumers of technology yet make up just a tiny percentage of workers reaping the economic rewards in the nation’s top paying industry.

Of course, a hater might suggest that blacks and Hispanics get the education and training that would get them hired by these companies. But naturally, nobody is Silicon Valley would ever dream of suggesting such a thing.

By the way, note how USA Today is adopting the recent trend of capitalizing ‘Blacks’ but not capitalizing ‘whites.’ Why is that?

"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. "We are going to come back out there real soon and begin to convene Silicon Valley companies to work out a plan with them to achieve inclusion," he said.

Ca-ching.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, July 24th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Twitter Admits Lacks Diversity (Like Other Social Media)”

  1. dasher

    Darn right Steve, Rev. Jesse is cranking up the RainbowPUSH Coalition west coast office! Time to shake some start-up money from the Silicon Valley trees!

    Same song, different verse….

    D.




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