Jesse Jackson’s ‘Diversity’ Means Discrimination for Asians

Jesse Jackson is attempting to impose his idea of “diversity” on the tech industry, insisting the government has a role to play in ensuring that women and minorities are fairly represented. However, Asians are the only overrepresented group when comparing tech industry ethnicity statistics with national ones. Asians make up roughly 5 percent of the national population and 30 to 40 percent of employees at top tech companies.


In order to achieve greater “diversity,” Jackson has long supported treating people differently based on skin color, using racial preferences and quotas to help some applicants and hurt others. Sadly, Asians Americans far too often receive the short end of the diversity stick and are required to compete at much higher standards just to make up for the special consideration received by other groups. Moreover, they are used as a diversity football.


In a recent USA Today article about Jackson’s new endeavors, the author subtly manipulated the stats. First she writes that “whites and Asians comprise 88% to 91%” of employees at Twitter, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and LinkedIn. Yet in the next paragraph, she lumps Asian with black and Hispanic statistics to demonstrate the diversity of Twitter’s users. Asians are used to show a low level of diversity in employment, but a high level of diversity in customers.


So which is it, do Asians add to diversity or not?


Rather than striving to socially engineer specific racial outcomes, we should instead ensure that every person is treated equally as a unique individual based on the unique skills, achievements, character, opinions, and background they bring to the table.


- Jennifer Gratz