Rebecca Greenfield, The Atlantic Wire
This is from an essay called How White Male Tech Writers Feed the Silicon Valley Myth of Meritocracy. This essay includes some tweets from White male bloggers who insist that tech writing and Silicon Valley are “post-racial.” Bless their hearts. So…we’re just making up White privilege, class privilege and male privilege. Institutionalized racism creating structural barriers, the likelihood of networks being built on same-race relationships and higher socioeconomics creating exclusivity are just figments of our imagination, apparently.
Anyway, the writer also references an original post that got the conversation started in the first place, An implicit network, not overt racism, keeps tech writing dominated by white men by a Black male writer, Jamelle Bouie. He wrote about structural barriers, the privilege one needs to really be able to take on extended unpaid internships to get a foot in the door of these places, not having network connections and more.
All of this makes me think about Christopher Hayes’ book called Twilight of The Elites - America After Meritocracy. Excellent read on this MYTH.