Activist Jesse Jackson recently targeted Silicon Valley, home to many of the world’s largest technology corporations, for its lack of prominent leadership, board and startup funding for blacks and Latinos.
“Silicon Valley and tech industry have demonstrated that it can solve the most challenging and complex problems in the whole world,” said Jackson during Hewlett-Packard’s annual shareholders meeting in Santa Clara on Wednesday. “We need you to assume a different level of leadership. Today, too few have too much, too many have too little, and the middle class is sinking.”
It’s no secret that the tech industry lacks diversity. About 1 in 14 tech workers is black or Latino nationally. Blacks and Hispanics make up 13.1 and 16.9 percent of the U.S. population, according to the most recent census data.