Re: Black Girls Code
Thanks so much for taking the time to read and reply to my questions. I appreciate it. My questions may seem silly, but in fact, they can go deeper in discussion if we go to the roots and history of why there is a need still today for a group focused on girls of color.
"Whereas women currently hold about 30% of jobs in technology, people of color only hold about 2-3% (this is not a representation of the number of women of color but includes men)."
The percentage is really shocking. I would have assumed it was higher. There is so much need today for solving issues of gender and race not only in the workplace, but also in society as a whole. Diversity is what should be more common today after all what history has taught us. Hoewever, it seems everything has changed so little in such a long time.
I do understand your mission, your goal, and your wish to help these young girls become great professionals in computer science and technology in the future. I just wish there wouldn't be a need for a specific group dedicated to girls of color because other groups are not helping as they should. That is my main point, and what I was trying to argue. It's not about doing homework, but about my thinking.
I have checked the Website, and watched several videos you have there, too. There is no doubt your work is great and impressive, and you have done so such a short time that BGC has existed.
I believe my main problem is trying to figure out if being in a dedicated, homogeneous group will not contribute to the girls, or boys growing up in a kind of thinking that encourages discrimination. Yet, I see your points, and obviously, you know more than how it really is to fight this fight than what I can know, or even imagine.
Kimberly, I don't want you to misunderstand me. In fact, I support you, see your work, and appreacite what you do. I just wish things were different in the 21st century for these girls.