Minorities in tech, how has saviorism impacted you and your work environment?

Optimizely / Eng DtdknE
Nov 15, 2019 12 Comments

How does it affect how your perceive yourself, your successes and failures, your career, and work environment?

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  • Google / Eng manmohan
    Saviorism?
    Nov 15, 2019 4
    • Microsoft TrumpWins
      Saying “this person has black skin, therefore they are at a disadvantage and need help”, is an objectively racist statement. The solutions to these “problems” in practice through D&I and affirmative action don’t even achieve what they aim to. They end up selecting minorities who actually grew up very privileged, especially compared to the average person of any race.
      Nov 16, 2019
    • Google / Eng
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      Firstly, you make a semi good point about the initiatives favoring those who are privileged. We do see an overrepresentation of Nigerians and other immigrants when it comes to black people in the tech sector. However I'm not sure I would say they are necessarily "more" privileged than anyone else. We have to remember that privilege is multidimensional, not scalar, and so it's hard to quantify things in that way. This is something that needs to be worked on for people from all backgrounds.

      That said, I don't agree at all about recognizing a problem with the current state of bias in society as "racist". It's anything but. I understand the desire to deny this stuff though. We as human beings are not accustomed to thinking outside our immediate spheres of concern. Anything that threatens our quality of life is seen as hostile
      Nov 16, 2019
  • New / Manufacturing Medtronic
    No indian can ever say he is a minority in tech. Bcoz we are the majority. I stand up from my cubicle and see all indians around me making me feel i am in Bangalore
    Nov 15, 2019 1
    • New fctN31
      Yeah, but I have not heard other Indians considering themselves bas minority? Also, under most companies definition of minority, we don't come under minority.
      Nov 18, 2019
  • Amazon taco pen
    As a white minority I learnt how to deal with it.
    Nov 15, 2019 0
  • Coinbase g0569
    The only reason why “saviorism” exists is because racism and sexism exist. If they didn’t, there would be nothing to “save”. It is the same principle for why regulations exist. Some idiots screwed up and can’t stop, and they ruin it for everyone else.
    Nov 15, 2019 0
  • Apple / Eng Down4HW
    Never needed anyone to be my savior. I grew up in a violent $hithole yet surpassed Asian, White, etc in my field. I love competition and the ability to destroy any race in academics, sports, workplace, etc. with ease. I’m black btw 😉✊🏾
    Nov 17, 2019 0
  • Rubrik smarty11
    If women are considered a minority, it is actually a v sad thing. But I do know the feelings of being the only woman in a room of male engineers or PM. Either they really respect u or they don't at all.
    Nov 15, 2019 0
  • I feel like I’m a complete failure because I’m working for a company that no one has ever heard of and I’m working my ass off. I should be at a big company but fucking recruiters and hiring managers have specific races in mind. I realize from experience that a lot of the engineers that I work with that work for big companies (Cisco Intel Broadcom Qualcomm) are average engineers and don’t work hard and are not that smart and most went to okay schools yet they get to work at bigger companies and enjoy the salary and the perks.
    Nov 15, 2019 0

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