According to Facebook’s in-house “head of diversity director,” the social media conglomerate has a big problem trying to staff blacks within its workforce.
A woman named Maxine Williams is the person in charge of managing workforce diversity at Facebook. However, Williams recently released a statement about her company’s challenges with workforce diversity. According to the Wall Street Journal, black people make up a paltry two percent of Facebook’s workforce.
But many people are not buying Facebook’s “pipeline” excuses for not being able to hire black people to work for the company. This is particularly puzzling because black people account for far more than two percent of the consumer base that helps Facebook make its billions of dollars in profits.
Forbes Magazine recently shared the strong opinions of two very prominent black women in the tech industry about this issue. These two women are basically calling bullcrap on the excuses that Facebook is cooking up for its failure to hire more blacks in its workforce.
Kathryn Finney (pictured above) is one of the black women calling Facebook’s bluff. Finney is an investor and tech entrepreneur. She founded an Atlanta-based company called Digital Undivided, an organization that financially empowers young black women in tech so they can have active social lives outside of their workplaces.
“They’ll give money to a coding program for kids, but just enough to show they kind of care,” Finney told Forbes.
“The challenge for tech is this: black people are your customers. If you don’t figure this out, you’re going to have a big problem,” she continued.
Stephanie Lampkin (pictured above left) is another trailblazing sister who doesn’t believe Facebook’s excuses for not being able to hire more blacks in its workforce. Lampkin is a former Microsoft engineer who knows a thing or two about the white male-dominated tech industry’s reluctance to allow black people into its establishment.
She is the founder of Blendoor, a job match app that helps close the hiring gap for blacks in corporate America. “The numbers have gotten worse since the ’90s,” Lampkin told Forbes. “The leaking pipeline creates an environment where people don’t want to apply,” she continued.
It’s great to see black women who are pioneers in creating tech diversity speaking out against major technology companies that don’t like hiring black people. Young, STEM-skilled blacks aren’t as hard to come by as many in corporate America would like you to think.