|Michael Arrington never met this guy.|
As we wrote here back in February:
That we have reached a world blessed with the technology we have today despite Black participation in the creation of these technologies is a miracle. Silicon Valley's lack of Black people is an obvious indicator of culturally biased education system that will always be Waiting for Superman. Without Black people how can we expect to have innovation in Silicon Valley?That Apple, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, eBay, Amazon, Facebook, and hundreds of other companies exist, with almost no Black footprint on any of these organizations, is an aberration. Right?
All of the great inventions - including the Super Soaker - are courtesy of Black people. Right? That's what movies have taught an unsuspecting American population through an ingenious form of behavioral modification .
Perhaps that has something to do with those low math and science test scores Black people consistently produce (because numbers and the Periodic Table are culturally-biased).You can't force people to be entrepreneurs; it takes a certain type of individual who is willing to put in the work, the hard work, necessary to get a company off the ground. Worse, the number of Black people in math and science is dropping, which means this trend is only going to get worse:
With black unemployment reaching historic levels, banks laying off tens of thousands and law school graduates waiting tables, why aren't more African-Americans looking toward science, technology, engineering and math — the still-hiring careers known as STEM?In Silicon Valley, the only Black people to be found are on the Stanford University basketball and football teams. Pointing this out is not good for ones career:
The answer turns out to be a complex equation of self-doubt, stereotypes, discouragement and economics — and sometimes just wrong perceptions of what math and science are all about.
The percentage of African-Americans earning STEM degrees has fallen during the last decade. It may seem far-fetched for an undereducated black population to aspire to become chemists or computer scientists, but the door is wide open, colleges say, and the shortfall has created opportunities for those who choose this path.
STEM barriers are not unique to black people. The United States does not produce as high a proportion of white engineers, scientists and mathematicians as it used to. Women and Latinos also lag behind white men.
Yet the situation is most acute for African-Americans.
Black people are 12 percent of the U.S. population and 11 percent of all students beyond high school. In 2009, they received just 7 percent of all STEM bachelor's degrees, 4 percent of master's degrees, and 2 percent of PhDs, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
A new documentary shines a light on Silicon Valley, the place where Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former Apple CEO and founder Steve Jobs got their start, but not for it’s historic record of producing the next great breakthroughs in technology, but instead for its apparent lack of diversity.It's funny when you think about it: white and Asian entrepreneurs create goods, services and new companies and technology that benefit all mankind. Black entrepreneurs, outside of creating crack and dealing drugs, primarily create businesses that cater directly to the Black community (think BET founder Robert Johnson).
In the CNN documentary series, “Black in America,” eight Black entrepreneurs in the NewMe Accelerator program share their struggles to launch start-up businesses in a place where minority representation is virtually nonexistent. In an interview that ignited a firestorm on Twitter this week, Mike Arrington, an industry leader and founder of TechCrunch, revealed an even harsher reality: “This is a white and Asian world up here — it just is,” he said. Arrington, who also commented that he doesn’t know of a single Black entrepreneur in the Valley, was harshly criticized for his apparent acceptance of the racial disparity.
Michael Arrington is a huge Disingenuous White Liberal, who more than likely went to see Waiting for Superman on it opening night. That he stated he hasn't met a single Black entrepreneur means he hasn't spent any time in Oakland among the Black drug dealers:
Michael Arrington was sandbagged by CNN. Arrington, founder and former editor of TechCrunch, and now running his own venture capital fund aptly dubbed CrunchFund, has been accused of being racist — a completely ridiculous accusation.Arrington sat down with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien back in July, for a documentary scheduled to air in November. According to the email sent by CNN to Arrington, which has been posted on his blog, Arrington was asked to participate in a documentary about the “Silicon Valley accelerator phenomenon and start-up culture.”The email went on to say, “This particular documentary will be told through the experience of a group of digital entrepreneurs who travel to Silicon Valley to chase their dreams.” The email from CNN also called Arrington “GOD” of Silicon Valley, and TechCrunch “the Bible.” The email never stated that the real topic of the interview was the lack of minorities in Silicon Valley.The documentary was previewed a few days ago, and CNN placed a clip from it on the front page of its website, featuring Arrington. In the clip, O’Brien asks him if he could name his favorite black entrepreneur, Arrington replied, “I don’t know a single black entrepreneur.” This is the quote that started the whole argument.I’m going to keep this short. If you have ever met, or spoken to Mike Arrington, you would find that he is as far from racist as you can get. Arrington, like most civilized people, doesn't think in black and white.
Most civilized people do think in Black and white. This is why DWLs send their children to private schools and spend vast sums of money to insulate them from the Black Undertow. The Washington Post can gloat about the end of White enclaves, but the main point to take from quick demise of all-white neighborhoods is that Pat Buchanan is right (Vdare should have a big article by me up tomorrow on the correlation between neighborhoods that aren't safe for Trick or Treating and the Death of White America).“See, my brain database doesn’t categorize people in terms of skin color. Or hair color. Or sexual orientation,” Arrington said. “When I queried that database, under stressful circumstances, I got zero results.
No Black entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley? How in the world is the Internet even working then?
Video of Michael Arrington on Black entrepreneurs can be found here. Read Arrington's "Oh Shit, I'm a Racist" post here, his pathetic response to the whole "no Black entrepreneurs" controversy.