When it comes to diversity in the tech world, or any workplace for that matter, I feel people need to stop waiting to be invited and just crash the party.
With a systemic diversity problem across the board in out nation, and most parts of the world for that matter, I don’t think people are listening anymore. We are in a place where people can go on and on for days about the issue of diversity and no change will come of it, because of how used to it people are. We have all heard that men make X amount of money to the dollar a female makes, we have all heard that Caucasian males dominate almost every workforce—frankly, it’s getting redundant.
Again, I want to make it clear that I don’t believe it to be redundant because there is no problem; I just believe that we need more action versus more talking. I believe action is how change is created, and through action others are inspired to further that change.
The video below resonated with me in its “diversity within diversity”, if you will. There wasn’t focus on any one or two specific minorities, there was just a general message of inclusion which I felt refreshing. In it are certain people who at first glance you wouldn’t think of as a minority or someone who isn’t privileged, but after actual dialogue discovered they were. This is another problem that we face as a society, we have such a stigma towards straight-white-men, that anyone who fits that description to us is automatically privileged or automatically unrelatable to the underdog.
As Dr. Royal pointed out, the days of catfishing are long gone (to most, some people defy logic and still play into a trolls game). Due to the increased visuality of the web, the issues of the physical and online worlds are integrated moreso now than ever. As I stated in the previous section there is a widespread case of uniformity within almost every field, especially the STEM universe. Because of that I feel like we need to first tackle the physical world, after which that change will translate into the online world.
Make It Happen
Circling back to my earlier point, and the meaning of my the title of this article; as uncomfortable, hurt, unwelcome, or discriminated we may be—we must progress. As a gay half Italian half Puerto Rican male who is writing this, I have chosen to not only to move forward, but even to disclose the part[s] of myself which may be discriminated against. Each and every one of you minorities have chosen to move forward, despite all the pushback along the way, and do I know there was pushback. Why? Because regardless of anyone else’s personal feelings; we will accomplish any goal we set forth, we will become the Governor of Texas, Editor in Chief of Condé Nast, or VP of Amazon (at their new Austin Headquarters, fingers crossed). The purpose of all of this is that in a world where we aren’t accepted, we must push through and announce ourselves as Here, and our presence will begin to normalize the culture and society around us, and then one day the barrier in which we permeated to get here—will no longer stand.