Oaktopia
Darrell Jones III
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Darrell,

Your article is well-written and researched. Thank you. However, I fear that if the tech companies were interested in doing well by the city or the bay, they would have already hired more African Americans than 1–2% of their workforce. Because there are competent and trained African Americans looking for work in Silicon Valley, they’re just not getting the positions. Is the evidence I’m basing these statements upon purely anecdotal? Yes. But experience tells me more about how these companies operate than the numbers. These tech organizations seem content to keep African Americans out and I don’t foresee them feeling guilty for displacing Oakland residents. It’s sobering, and definitely something for further discussion, so thank you for bringing up the conversation.

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