“you were dragged against your will to somebody’s house and made to work for free for years and…
Svetlana Voreskova

Firstly, I’m not asking for any kind of special consideration for myself;

I’m an Asian man with a great job at the best employer in the world. But I can see that the US hi-tech industry is biased, even if unconsciously, against women, blacks and hispanics.

Secondly, discrimination against blacks in the US did not end with slavery. That was followed by 90 years of Jim Crow, 60 years of segregation, 35 years of state-sanctioned redlining and now we have a prison-industrial complex that disproportionately penalizes blacks. Even having a name that “sounds black” on a resume will hurt you badly when looking for work. The playing field is more even than it used to be but it’s still pretty tilted.

Despite any oppression your ancestors may have suffered — I don’t know anything about you but from your name I assume you’re of Eastern European descent and I’m reasonably familiar with the history of that region — if you were in the US today you would benefit from white privilege but suffer from sexism. But you work in Ireland, which is actually one of the very few places in the world where women are not at an enormous disadvantage in the workplace.