Hey Neverender, thanks for your well wishes.
Lincoln W Daniel

Sure, thank you for taking the time to respond. Like I mentioned the “racial exclusion bit”; specifically the section about Diversity & Inclusion. This is probably the most damning of what you said:

In tech, you won’t find many people who look like myself because, frankly, it seems they don’t want us here —

How does it seem they don’t want us here? To me, this perception seems one based out of bias.

Thus, it becomes hard to talk about the issues that matter to those same people.

I interpreted this to mean that your feeling that people didn’t want you there (unsubstantiated) has caused you to feel that you couldn’t talk with them about “issues that matter” (to you).

Perhaps I’m reading too much into it, but because it’s an unsubstantiated claim that they don’t want you there, it comes off as “these people don’t look like me, so I can’t relate to them.” — how does that come off?

It is even harder to find leadership that cares about those issues and the people they affect. Some people care so little about the issues that they detract with nonsense like “All Lives Matter”. Not at Medium, at least not as far as I experienced.

Some people don’t like Black Lives Matter because..

  1. it doesn’t really provide a platform to quantify progress
  2. it ignores actual objective data and statistics
  3. it dismisses the counter-argument so quickly without consideration of any truths; for instance, the fact that there’s a class issue and not a race issue
  4. black people that speak out against it have been actually demonized by BLM activists

If the issue you speak of is fairness and equal treatment under the law for all people, then that’s a good issue. That is something that can be evaluated on a case-by-case basis if a person was not treated fairly or equally.

When the issue is that a certain race has it bad because of some oppressive system, then that’s not an issue. That’s a ghost story and when fighting ghosts, you’re going to end right where you start in the dwelling of make believe and your own mind and emotions.

My response here shows why this statement is subjective and the assertion may be biased. What was your point in adding a “Black Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter” debate to your article about getting an internship and then a job offer? It throws off the narrative and stands out in a bad way. Sure, it may be important to you, but you can make separate articles.

During the week of the shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling,

Okay, I don’t have any real issue with this statement, so this is more of a side note:

Granted the section was on “Diversity & Inclusion”, but since I can see you are excited about the topic, something for you to personally think about is that white people and black people die almost every day; shot by police, a friend, stranger, family… sometimes it’s unjustly, sometimes it’s not so. It almost never makes the media. The media pushes stories that excite, sometimes for political reasons.

Your decision to list those articles made sense given the section title; however, as I stated, I have an issue with the overall subsection.

I like what you did there though, giving the reader a reminder of the time period, filling in some gaps. I think you could have done this better with the bigger news that week… James Comey and his unusual press conference, which found problems with Hillary Clinton mishandling classified information, but still dismissing it and not recommending a charge.

All in all, I found your topic of race unnecessary for your story. I think it could have been better without it. It seems like you wrote about it because it was important to you, which is fair, but perhaps it’s just projecting your sensitivities and insecurities? I don’t know. What I do know is that it’s too good of a story to introduce those kind of biases.