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The MinorityEye Launches National Campaign Calling For Diversity in the U.S. Tech Industry

In the spirit of our commitment to small and minority businesses, The MinorityEye has launched a national campaign calling for increased diversity within America’s Technology industry.

The campaign for Equality in Technology, seeks to raise awareness of the startling minority employment gap in the US technology sector.

We’re asking that industry leaders in technology enact reasonable accommodations to remove employment barriers faced by members of the three designated minority groups, women, African Americans and Hispanics. Employers are also asked to institute positive policies for the hiring, training, retention, and promotion of members of these designated groups.

Since the campaign’s kick-off, The MinorityEye has focused its efforts on highlighting communities that are putting pressure on Google, Facebook, and other tech companies to diversify their workforces.  We are working alongside the various municipalities throughout nation that are passing resolutions calling on the technology industry to make diversity a top focus of corporate strategy and advocating in support of the coalitions of local elected officials working to raise awareness among policymakers in Washington, DC to increase the profile of this glaring flaw in an otherwise vibrant industry.

See Richland County Council Resolution 

It has become clear that there is a rising tide of concerned citizens who recognize the serious short and long term consequences of tech companies leaving African-Americans and Hispanics behind. In addition to these resolutions, various groups of elected officials have sent letters directly to tech leaders like Larry Page, the CEO of Google, and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn of the Federal Communications Commission, to raise awareness about the issue and encourage a change.

View Letter from South Carolina Coalition of Black County Officials Letter to Commissioner Clyburn 

Discrimination in the United States may no longer manifest itself through lunch-counter exclusion or separate but “equal” drinking fountains, but there is no question that it still exists in society. Discouragingly low employment of minorities in high-tech is one piece of this larger problem. When Google released its employment numbers earlier this year, it set the table for many of its fellow tech firms to follow suit. Minorities make up approximately five percent of the workforces at many of these companies.

See City of Birmingham’s Resolution Calling for Tech Diversity

These numbers were even lower in the tech areas of the business, in addition to a surprising lack of minorities in the non-tech areas of the business. This latter fact indicates much deeper systemic biases than the companies’ excuses that there aren’t enough qualified minority tech workers around. Statistics show that even minorities qualified to work in tech graduate at twice the rate that companies like Google hire them.

See Alabama Conference of Black Mayors Letter to Larry Page 

It is going to take a concerted awareness campaign to get these companies to change their ways, and that is why The MinorityEye is shining a spotlight on the work that local governments and associations are doing across the country. We’re going to host resolutions, letters, and editorials calling for a change in the tech industry so that people have the tools and knowledge they need to get involved and make a difference.

See City of Charleston Tech Diversity Resolution 

Richland County in South Carolina, the city of Birmingham in Alabama, and the city of Charleston in South Carolina have been pioneers in passing resolutions calling on the tech industry to diversify, and we hope that by highlighting their work and perseverance on this issue we can inspire other citizens and governments to step up and call on these companies to make sure that minorities are full participants in this crucial industry.

If you’re interested in helping spread awareness about this issue with a letter to a member of Congress, your local newspaper or engaging on social media, please contact us at [email protected].

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Michael Bailey

Michael is the founder and serves as the Chief-Curator of Information for The Minority Eye, South Carolina’s largest minority-owned media outlet. As the leader of the editorial staff, he works as a multimedia journalist, telling the often-overlooked stories of minority communities from across the state and throughout the region. He specializes in producing news stories and personal profiles that share and expound on cultural, social, economic and political experiences of minorities living in South Carolina and beyond. His extensive media, business, and political background have made him a well-respected voice and an often sought-after commentator on issues that impact people of color.

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