Last week, Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress to testify about Facebook’s privacy policies. During the 10-hour testimony, Zuckerberg was also grilled on Facebook’s lack of diversity. That confrontation was a reminder of an ongoing racial and gender divide across major tech industries.
After being pressed by black lawmakers, Facebook has finally committed to hiring a black person to serve on its board of directors. Currently, no people of color sit on Facebook’s board.
It may not seem like it, but we’ve had a few shining moments of national unity this year. The solar eclipse drew people together to collectively stare at the sky; pretty much everyone (except ESPN) recognizes that Donald Trump is a white supremacist; and you can rely on the Cajun Navy to show up when FEMA won’t.
As the numbers of women and people of color in Silicon Valley continue to be elucidated, it has become increasingly clear that there is a long way to go.
My mother moved from Jamaica to America to start a new life. My deceased father was the first in his family to go to college, yet he became the first Black to get a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. He also has three patents for fiber optic cables. My younger brother started his own company. I, too,…