Google Exposes Its Lack of Diversity

Answering the challenge posed by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Google publicly reveals its diversity numbers. 

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A visitor passes the Google logo on Sept. 26, 2012, at the official opening party of Google offices in Berlin. 

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On Wednesday Google publicly revealed data that supported what many had speculated: White men run the Web giant. 

Earlier this month, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and members of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition attended eBay's and Google's shareholder meetings to challenge the tech giants on diversity. In response to Jackson's challenge, Google released the data and admitted that it was not proud of what the numbers revealed.

According to CNET, African Americans and Latinos make up less than 1 and 2 percent respectively of Google's U.S. tech workforce, compared with whites, who make up 60 percent of the tech staff, and Asians, who make up some 34 percent.

Although women make up 30 percent of Google's overall global workforce, they make up only 17 percent of the technology sector. As for leadership positions, men outnumbered women by nearly 4 to 1, according to the data viewed by CNET.

"We're not where we want to be when it comes to diversity," Google said in a statement that accompanied the data, CNET reports. "It is hard to address these kinds of challenges if you're not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts. All of our efforts, including going public with these numbers, are designed to help us recruit and develop the world's most talented and diverse people."

Read more at CNET.

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