Stating that diversity is the “human experience” misses the point

Stating that diversity is the “human experience” misses the point

For all the plaudits that they earn for creating cool products and revolutionizing communication and changing the world and whatnot, America’s tech companies—and this is a technical term—really, really suck at hiring workforces that approximate the diversity of the nation of millions and the world of billions that they purport to serve. As part of its attempts to address these shortcomings, Apple recently hired Denise Young Smith as its first Vice President and Diversity. Young Smith, an African-American woman with two decades of service at the company, recently shared some thoughts about the future of Apple’s efforts to recruit and retain women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups in Silicon Valley.

The views presented are truly puzzling. From Quartz:

When asked whether she would be focusing on any group of people, such as black women, in her efforts to create a more inclusive and diverse Apple, Young Smith says, “I focus on everyone.” She added: “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.” Her answer was met with a round of applause at the session.

Read more: https://www.gq.com/story/apple-diversity-problem