In yet another example of Silicon Valley’s contempt for its mostly white and male tech workforce reaching ludicrous highs, Apple Diversity Chief Denise Young Smith was forced to step down after just 6 months on the job, after making an allegedly controversial comment in Bogota, Columbia last month. As per the New York Post , Apple Diversity Chief’s crime was to insinuate that diversity can be found among a group of “deplorables”, I mean a group of white men, due to their very different life experiences.
But let’s see the exact thought crime:
“There can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blond men in a room and they’re going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation. Diversity is the human experience. I get a little bit frustrated when diversity or the term diversity is tagged to the people of color, or the women, or the LGBT.”
For the record, Apple Diversity Chief Denise Young Smith is a black woman and she got canned by Apple due to her views on “diversity” being too inclusive, or something along these lines. Basically, Apple didn’t like Young Smith comments, which appeared to defend the company’s majority white/male leadership.
The question to be asked is this: what she was trying to defend them from? Denise Young Smith worked for Apple for 2 decades and she was previously the boss of the company’s world-wide human resources. Following her comments, she was forced to apologize to Apple’s staff by saying that here comments, let me quote:
“were not representative of how I think about diversity or how Apple sees it.”
“For that, I’m sorry. More importantly, I want to assure you Apple’s view and our dedication to diversity has not changed.”
As Apple’s spokesman put it:
“We deeply believe that diversity drives innovation. We’re thrilled to welcome an accomplished leader like Christie Smith to help us continue the progress we’ve made toward a more diverse workplace.”
As per 2017 stats, three percent of Apple’s leaders were African American (black for deplorables), women held only 23% of tech jobs, whilst female leadership stood at 29%. Following Denise Young’s firing, company’s diversity report reads:
“Meaningful change takes time. We’re proud of our accomplishments, but we have much more work to do.”
It’s funny, but Christie Smith who took Denise Young Smith’s place as Diversity Chief at Apple is a white woman. What can I say? It’s okay to be white, Apple!