Technology & African Americans
I won't say I was surprised about what the article had to say but I guess I had never realized that there really are very few African Americans in careers involving technology. I believe the main reason for this is the lack of computers in the homes of these children due to high poverty rates. If I grew up in a home without a computer, I'm sure I would have no interest or skill in using them. My question though, is what about video games? I have yet to see a lack of the latest systems in the homes of many of my friends and people I know who are black. Yet, when it comes to what's behind the scenes of those games, there is still a major underrepresentation. Maybe there is some cultural belief that even learning video game programming is somehow dorky. Maybe, though, that field is only just becoming popular and the there could in fact be a better number that just hasn't been seen yet.
The thing that bothered me about the article was that I just didn't see why the history of African Americans having to fight technology rather than embrace it had any real direct connection to why they aren't involved or good at it now. Times have changed for everyone and computers are much different than the cotton gin. To me, it's about poverty and accessibility, not something that seemed to be pulled out of thin air. To use my stats class terminology, correllation does not imply causation.