Diversity hiring and affirmative action
So I think affirmative action and diversity initiatives in corporate America are broken. Companies value diversity that can be highlighted in a brochure more than real diversity. What I mean by this is that companies like fb, ms, and Google are working really hard to get more black, Hispanic, female, etc employees as we track those numbers. However you can be black and come from a affluent family of doctors. Likewise, a straight, white male that grew up extremely poor and faced homelessness growing up, worked multiple jobs to put himself through college, etc wouldn't benefit from current affirmative action initiatives in tech. Likewise, a black engineer from a poor financial background probably didn't have as good grades as the black guy from a family of doctors as the first individual was working multiple jobs in addition to being a student to afford school. However, the way the current race based system is set up, the black guy from a family of doctors would get hired as he's the stronger candidate on paper and counts just as much to the black quota as the poor individual. However, the poor background individual would actually be the one bringing real diverse value as he's be hungrier and more resourceful as he had to fight for everything he has and was given nothing.
Essentially, I think diversity initiatives shouldn't be based as much on things like race or gender but rather adversity you have had to deal with and my argument is that coming from a financially disadvantaged background is a much bigger adversity than race or gender.
Edit: A lot of people in this group are assuming I'm a pissed off white guy which I've found kinda funny to me given I'm black. My personal context is coming from a blue collar background, I had to work multiple jobs to put myself through school. Companies want the best black talent and it seems like we are often evaluated against other blacks instead of more holistically. Obviously the black kids whose parents are well off had better grades or more extracurricular activities as they aren't working in addition to being school. This is something not being considered as you want the blacks most similar to middle to upper class white kids. Lower class white kids would bring more diversity than well off black kids