Conversation & Controversy Sparked By CNN’s Black in America 4
CNN once again hit us with a the 4th installment of their Black in America series, this time bringing to light the disparities of the tech world. This edition, titled “Silicon Valley – The New Promised Land” was hosted by Soledad O’Brien. Michael Arrington, founder of tech crunch and a venture capatilist sparked conversation and controversy with his comment “I don’t know a single black entrepreneur” and stating further “Not enough women or people of color are even asking for funding.”
The response, was divided, some saying he’s right while others grew angry citing dozens of website founders, graphic designers, programmers, engineers and coders they know. The tech world, seems to be color blind, so blind they aren’t even aware of their own bias and failure to provide funding to Black founders. With the growing economic and innovation oportunities evolving in the tech space lack of funding and investment opportunities for Black tech entrepreneurs has become a serious issue.
In case you haven’t seen it, the special follows a group of black tech entrepreneurs part of the NewMe accelerator started by Angela Benton and Wayne Sutton because of the diversity/access issue in Silicone Valley.
Just before the airing of the special, CNN hosted an advance screening and panel that we were invited to. Below are selected clips from the panel that included Soledad O’Brien, Steve Stoute and Pete Cashmore the founder of Mashable.
In this wired world, will Blacks get wired in? Be sure to catch the re-run on CNN. Check your local listings.