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Racism, Prejudice and Oppression in the Information Technology and Social Media Marketing

Monday, November 08, 2010

The Information Technology (IT), Social Media Marketing, and Cloud Computing has become a White only Club, that will accept a foreign employee before an African American professional with the same qualifications, experience, certifications, and interpersonal skills.

In 2009 the percentage of African Americans to European Americans in the Information Technology (IT) sector was 3% out of 100%. This percentage indicates a huge disparity in the industry. In 2010 we have seen racism, prejudice, hatred, and oppression within the Information Technology, Social Media Marketing, and Cloud Computing sectors on an all time rise. As we approach 2011, things are not looking much better.

Lets take a closer look at the situation. There are many African Americans with IT Certifications, College and University degrees in Computer Science and Management Information Technology (MIS), however, they are not being hired into IT firms. 

Many companies say, that there are not enough African Americans that pursue degrees and obtain certifications in the Information Technology Sector. This is just not the case. Many companies seek any reason they can not to buy instagram followers hire African Americans into their companies, which is worst for African American men.

Why is it buy instagram followers harder for African American men to obtain key positions in IT companies? 

I believe it to be a simple matter of established hiring quotas. A company can hire a minority woman which will satisfy two quotas: # she is a woman and #2 she is a minority. Therefore, from their perspective this is a much better situation. 

In addition, many companies do not like to see an African American with no criminal background, no drug abuse problems and history. They become angry at the fact that African Americans are now keep their children out of jail and prison and not allowing them to break laws and get a felony (criminal record). Why? Simple, they cannot use these two factors to deny giving them the position within their companies. It is so much easier to deny giving an African American a job by using this against them.

In addition, many IT companies don't want African Americans to come into the sector out of pure fear, prejudice and hatred. The Information Technology sector is more often than not, seen as a European American only "club", indeed the IT sector became the 19th and 21st centuries breeding ground for racism, prejudice and oppression.

The racism in the Information Technology (IT) sector has infected the Social Media Networking, and Cloud Computing sectors as well. 

In New York City (NYC) Information Technology (IT) and Social Media Marketing  (SMM) companies are seen as racist organizations. Many of these companies are practicing a from of segregation and oppression, which can be seen in their hiring and promotion practices.


Some IT, Social Media and Cloud Computing companies may hire one or two African Americans just to say, look we are "not" racist, we have African Americans working for the company. However, if asked how many out of the hundreds or thousands, they say they cannot divulge that information. 


Many of the Information Technology (IT), Social Media Marketing (SMM), and Cloud Computing companies that do hire African Americans keep them in certain positions within the company, such as Help Desk Support, Network Administrator, etc.., and not allow them to be promoted into positions such as: Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Operations Officer (COO), President of Information Technology, and Vice President of Information Technology, because these are seen as European American ONLY positions.

Some will argue the fact that the United States of America now has an African American president, however, this is NOT enough. Racial practices are still prevalent in IT, Social Media, and Cloud Computing. 


Another aspect of the social illness affecting the Information Technology (IT), Social Media Marketing (SMM) and Cloud Computing sector is the interview process for African Americans.

Once a company learns that they cannot find a real reason not to hire the African American professional, after weeks of interviewing, they are left with only one recourse, to say, "we have decided not to fill that position at this time." I encourage an African American professional facing this issue to consult with the EqualEmployment Opportunity (EEO), NAACP, and a Civil Rights Attorney to launch an investigation into that company. If they filled the position with someone else, they have to prove in a court of law why they did not hire you. 


 Technology has moved forward at an exponential rate, however, social acceptance, fair and impartial treatment, and "true" Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) has not. Show me a technology, a software program, a IT platform that can root out the prejudice, hatred, oppression, and racism from not only the Information Technology (IT), Social Media Marketing (SMM) and Cloud Computing (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, DaaS, MaaS) sectors but also root out these ills from society as a whole and I will show you a company that has truly changed the world and made it better.

What are your thoughts on this subject?

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