Apple CEO Cook meets with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss diversity

“Top black lawmakers are paying a visit to Airbnb, Apple, Twitter and other tech giants this week, as they continue their crusade to improve Silicon Valley’s hiring practices and train a new generation of diverse engineers and entrepreneurs,” Tony Romm reports for The Washington Post. “For members of the Congressional Black Caucus, who arrived in the Bay Area on Monday, the tech sector has been too slow to diversify its executive ranks, invest in minority-owned start-ups and assist workers who can’t find jobs in tech hubs, like San Francisco, or afford those cities’ sky-high costs of living.”

“‘We’re letting companies know they must provide greater opportunity to African Americans,’ said Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) in an interview, adding they would ‘expose any company that provides lip service,'” Romm reports. “At Apple, which the CBC visited Monday, about 9 percent of its U.S. workforce is black while 54 percent of it is white, according to its most recent employment report. Still, the iPhone maker has said roughly half of its new hires between July 2016 and July 2017 came from ‘historically underrepresented groups in tech,’ including women and people of color.”

“‘The pace of change is much too slow,’ said Rep. Barbara Lee, a Democratic congresswoman who represents a district not far from Silicon Valley, during an interview,” Romm reports. “Among her constituents, she said she knows ‘many, many cases of African Americans who wanted to break into the workforce here … and never were able to do that.'”

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MacDailyNews Note: In a tweet late yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged the meeting:

It was an honor to host the #CBCTech2020 task force at Apple Park today for a conversation about diversity in tech. Thank you @RepBarbaraLee, @GKButterfield and @RepGregoryMeeks for your leadership. — Apple CEO Tim Cook

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32 Comments

  1. When is the black caucus going to meet with the NBA and NFL about diversity in those sports, or is it only “diversity” when it comes to blacks?

    1. Right on “Jazz”! Time to go one on one with Joel Embiid! Because coding/engineering/marketing/ aapl products are talents that have direct parallels to dropping 3’s at at 40%+ clip in the NBA.

    2. Diversity is racist

      How many whites are in Congressional black Caucus?? Where’s the white caucus? Can’t have that because it would be racist!

      The only racists are the ones calling others racists

  2. When Cook hires some Conservative Republican Christians in the C-Suite (could use some new blood that Thinks Different there), then we’ll bother to listen to him when he pontificates about diversity.

    1. Be careful who you are denigrating.

      Those identifying themselves as “Christian”:

      Are evenly split between Republicans and Democrats

      More than 100 million households watch “Christian” TV at
      least once a month

      Blacks identify themselves as “Christian” at twice the rate
      than do whites

      By a large majority Black “Christians” identify themselves as
      Conservatives

      1. I watch Fundie TV for the giggles; I love to watch rich preachers ask their flock “to give more than you have.” Don’t you? That’s a direct quote from CBN. And I actually saw Benny Hin flub one of his magic tricks: He got his victim to fall prematurely when laying his hand on her forehead. She got up, apologized, and he smiled.

    2. “they must provide greater opportunity to African Americans.”
      Read that; “must provide!”
      Later it’s stated those (companies) that don’t (heed to the racist threat) would be exposed. Business leaders will act accordingly, in fear, w/o vocalizing their MO, even thought it will likely have nothing to do with race.
      A reminder…some of the Congressional Black Caucus have affinity with Louis Farrakhan, who himself treats all races with fairness, except those called Jews. White people are a little “iffy” too.
      This “crusade” is just hypocritical thuggery in nice clothes.

  3. You’d think the Congressional Black Caucus would be too busy to conduct the usual corporate shakedown business when they’ve got to quickly figure out how to kill Kayne and make it look like an accident before more than three black people start thinking for themselves.

  4. Gee you would think that a discussion of diversity might include black, white, yellow, red, polka dot people for a start then move to non-humanoids where diversity gets really interesting.

    Diversity, it’s been part of the living planet for a long long time.

  5. Tim Cook is either a hopelessly deluded Virtue Signaler or he’s a bullshit artist par excellence who just says whatever the biggest pains in the ass of the moment standing before him want to hear in order to shut them up and make them go away so he can continue to luxuriate in giant piles of money.

  6. The barriers facing people of color in this country have lasted all too long. It is every American’s solemn patriotic duty to do whatever it takes to remove them. I am hoping Cook, Apple, and all other businesses get that.

        1. So your point is only Blacks are poor?
          That’s called “the soft bigotry of low expectations”.
          (Just ask Thomas Sowell, who’s mere mention above puts the downvote bots into a tizzy).

          http://federalsafetynet.com/us-poverty-statistics.html
          As you can read here (I may be assuming too much…) Blacks have a higher percent of poverty but there are twice as many Whites in poverty, so your implication is that rich white-folk will keep as many Whites poor as it takes so long as they can keep a higher percent of Blacks poor?

          You sound like you went to one of those rich schools….

          1. Can’t even accept a reality without punching one star as fast as your browser will reload?

            Leftist can’t win anything without rigging the vote.
            (for you bystanders, after I posted this I reloaded and immediately had 8 downvotes)

            1. TowerTone sir you are so right! They put feelings over facts. They are real racists thinking minorities are incapable of doing anything on their own and need help every step of the way like special needs children. Always telling minorities they are victims when they aren’t.

    1. The only thing holding back black people are other black people! Period full stop!

      There have been successful blacks for ages now. even during segregation and Jim crow. Look up black wall street.

  7. if i prattle on about diversity, if i promise it’s our generation’s defining issue, if i wave your flag, will you love me then. will you. WILL YOU LOVE ME. WILL YOU LOVE ME. LOVE ME. LOVE ME

  8. I hope he tells the congressional black caucus to check on why:
    – There is a small amount of black engineers graduating from college.
    – Black high school students are not in college prep courses.
    – Black high school students don’t complete homework nor study for tests.
    – Black high school students doing drugs and skipping school.
    – Black high school students are from a broken home.

    Fix that and then you fix workplace diversity.

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