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The Plug In South LA Beat: Why the Tech Industry Still Lacks Diversity

Many Silicon Valley tech companies released statements recently in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, but their continued lack of Black and Latinx workers tells another story.

“The industry, which prides itself on agility, has failed to move the needle on workplace diversity,” Sam Dean and Johana Bhuiyan wrote in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday.

In today’s Plug In South LA Beat, our regular curation of must-read innovation and tech news, we’re seeking answers.

“Tech’s approach to diversity the last few years has been like filling the bathtub with the drain open,” Freada Kapor Klein, a founding partner at the venture capital firm Kapor Capital, told the journalists. Greycroft investor Brentt Baltimore, who will be speaking at Urban Tech Connect 2020 in September, also weighed in.

Here’s what the industry stats reveal:

Why Are Black and Latino People Still Kept Out of the Tech Industry?