Again, thank you for your response. I have read through and while I (sincerely) would like to delve into this with you, I don’t have the time to do the necessary research that has already been done. To claim there is no issue of race in employment or other societal matters is absurd. I will not claim to know you nor your background, but it seems from your response here that you have a very optimistic view of society and the ability of people to act without bias. I also do appreciate your apparent contrarian nature as I tend to be a contrarian in some cases, but the issue of race relations in America isn’t the best area to be a contrarian in as the facts (like them or like) are stacked against you.
And as to the environment variable, we are in complete agreement, but it seems you are only considering the variable as it stands in modern day, instead of considering the history of the variable as it led up to modern day; why are certain group of people more likely to commit crime.
“White people don’t look at a basketball court and say, “hey there’s only one white guy out there — that’s not fair”… the understanding is that ability triumphs. Appearances are superficial.” — You
It’s quite frustrating that you noted athletics in a conversation about career opportunity. Of course ability triumphs in anything, especially sports. Your statement could be flipped to “Black people don’t look at a hockey rink and say “Hey, there’s more white people out there — that’s not fair.”, but nobody is concerned with athletics in this discussion. Again, back to your environment variable: why are there so many black athletes but not so many black engineers? Your claim of “ability triumphs” suggests that you think black people don’t have the ability to engineer, and so you would be of the group of people who believe there is a pipeline problem where the pipeline is not full. Read this:
THE PIPELINE MYTH
The chronic excuse continues to be that there is a lack of qualified candidates. However, the IB Times reports that African-Americans earned 4.4% of master’s degrees in engineering and 3.6% of engineering PhDs in 2014, according to the American Society for Engineering Education, which brings the talent pool to nearly 5,000 each year. There are an additional 745 graduates with undergraduate or master’s degrees in computer science. — https://www.fastcompany.com/3054099/the-reasons-why-there-arent-more-black-engineers-in-silicon-valley
I don’t know what more to tell you about the lack of diversity in tech, but I will tell you that my inclusion of the matter in my article fits perfectly as I am a black engineer who managed to obtain a job as a full stack software engineer in an industry that turns there eyes away from people who look like me because of bias. I need to do my part in raising awareness of that very real issue until it is fixed.