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Following Apple's publication of workforce diversity data, as well as comments from the company admitting that improvements are needed, the iPhone maker received praise from activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his nonprofit Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which advocates on behalf of minorities.

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In a press release issued Tuesday, Jackson revealed he called Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook's office to "personally commend him for stepping up to the plate." He and Rainbow PUSH plan to use the data as part of a public forum this fall to discuss ways to improve diversity within Silicon Valley companies.

Jackson said the announcement shows Cook's "personal commitment and his leadership" in action at Apple. The reverend also encouraged Cook to "take further bold steps to make Apple better, and leverage his leadership to make the whole industry better."

The organization noted that although Apple itself admitted it must improve, the iPhone maker actually has a slightly more diverse workforce than other tech companies that have released their own employee data. Rainbow PUSH also praised Apple for breaking down its numbers by technical and non-technical jobs --?something other companies have not done.

"Diversity and inclusion is good for business," the group said. "African Americans, Latinos, and women represent money, market, talent and location. Inclusion is the key to growth, and when there is growth everybody wins. Let's expand the marketplace of opportunity."




Jackson and his organization began targeting Apple and others in March, encouraging Silicon Valley giants to participated in a racial diversity campaign. His efforts have been to draw awareness to the lack of racial diversity in the ranks of top-tier tech firms.

Prior to that, Apple was also under fire for the lack of diversity on its executive team and board of directors. The company responded by publicly committing to increase diversity, and also tweaking its corporate charter to reflect that. And last month, Apple added Susan Wagner to its board of directors, adding a new female presence to the board alongside Andrea Jung.

And last month, Cook promised that Apple would release data on corporate diversity, while also remaining focused on taking action to improve its workforce. Apple quickly followed through on that promise with the data published earlier Tuesday, revealing that its global employee base is 70 percent male, while 64 percent of the company's U.S.-based leadership positions are held by whites.

Cook published a note with the statistics, publicly stating that he is "not satisfied with the numbers." The CEO said his company has been working for some time to improve its workforce diversity, and though progress has been made, he said there's more that Apple must do.
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Ooh... this is not going to be a pleasant thread.... :D (added smiley)


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How did Apple creat great products like the Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, OSX, iOS etc. with a mostly white male workforce?
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Jackson 2016?
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Ooh... this is not going to be a pleasant thread....


I'll be more than happy to start it...
 

Media-whore Jesse Jackson can kiss my Mexican-American (i.e. "Minority") ass.  That guy is the poster-child for hypocrisy and double-standards.  If Martin Luther King were alive today, he'd be shaking his head in disappointment at how Jesse desecrated the memory and work of MLK.


I firmly believe a lot of the problems we have with racism today can be directly pinpointed to the constant hate-mongering that Jesse instills in the African-American community.  To him, it's an "Us-against-them" mentality instead of "We the People".   Shame on him.  I absolutely cannot stand this guy.

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How did Apple creat great products like the Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, OSX, iOS etc. with a mostly white male workforce?

Steve Jobs, who was half Syrian.
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Steve Jobs, who was half Syrian.
By birth. Did he grow up with any Syrian influence in his life?
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Jesse hasn't found a camera he didn't like.
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US population 69% white
Apple white employees 55%
Whites are underrepresented .....lol
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By birth. Did he grow up with any Syrian influence in his life?

Are you saying if he didn't grow up "white", he wouldn't be successful? Genes count as well as upbringing.
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I'll be more than happy to start it...

 
Media-whore Jesse Jackson can kiss my Mexican-American (i.e. "Minority") ass.  That guy is the poster-child for hypocrisy and double-standards.  If Martin Luther King were alive today, he'd be shaking his head in disappointment at how Jesse desecrated the memory and work of MLK.


I firmly believe a lot of the problems we have with racism today can be directly pinpointed to the constant hate-mongering that Jesse instills in the African-American community.  To him, it's an "Us-against-them" mentality instead of "We the People".   Shame on him.  I absolutely cannot stand this guy.
Well said! Jackson has been working his pattened brand of extortion for decades and it pains me to see Apple cowtowing to it.
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Jackson a minority likes Cooks press release.

 

White guys on this board don't like Cooks press release.

 

hmmm.

 

very interesting.

very. 5.5.

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Originally Posted by jungmark View Post
Genes count as well as upbringing.


Ah, but I’ve just been told that there are no differences between races, so his “minority genes” don’t matter.

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I guess we just found out which a**hole was behind this pandering move by Apple.

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Are you saying if he didn't grow up "white", he wouldn't be successful? Genes count as well as upbringing.


I read the original comment more as: how did Apple create these great products in the past when they weren't putting so much effort into being diverse? (Rhetorical question, with the answer being something along the lines of, it's not the diversity that counts, it's the talent.)

 

Then the answer came that it was Steve Jobs who created them, but Steve Jobs was basically another white majority male, and this whole topic would try to make you believe that he can't have made a good product without having some African or Chinese or more X genes in him. So it wasn't saying if he wasn't white, he wouldn't be successful, it was the opposite - despite being white, he did pretty well, no?

 

At least, that's how I read it.

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Jesse hasn't found a camera he didn't like.

 

Or a big, successful company he hasn't wanted to lean on.

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Are you saying if he didn't grow up "white", he wouldn't be successful? Genes count as well as upbringing.
Where did I imply that?
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What a disgusting extortionist and race hustler.
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Jackson a minority likes Cooks press release.

White guys on this board don't like Cooks press release.

hmmm.

very interesting.
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That's hardlly the case. Jackson is a well-known extortionist and race-baiter who uses threats & intimidation to further his agenda which has NOTHING to do with racial harmony or diversity.
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Well said! Jackson has been working his pattened brand of extortion for decades and it pains me to see Apple cowtowing to it.

Maybe someone can convince the courts to overturn his patent. Prior art, or something similar...

 

(P.S., It's "kowtow" with a "k".)

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Rainbow PUSH also praised Apple for breaking down its numbers by technical and non-technical jobs --?something other companies have not done.

He's not reading what the companies are announcing then.

For instance Intel has a very detailed diversity breakdown and apparently has reported it for several years:
http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/corporate-information/equal-employment-opportunity-employer-info-report.pdf

Google is another who released a detailed breakdown back in May.
http://www.google.com/diversity/at-google.html#tab=leadership

Facebook too breaks down the figures by tech/non-tech/management
http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2014/06/building-a-more-diverse-facebook/

Not good numbers to be sure but others have already commented on some of the problems finding qualified minorities. It begins with schools. Of course Intel and Google numbers aren't directly comparable to Apples as they both lack a retail store sales force which would be expected to be a little more diverse than the tech side.
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I was wondering how long it would take Jackson to wade in.

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Jackson a minority likes Cooks press release.

 

White guys on this board don't like Cooks press release.

 

hmmm.

 

very interesting.

very. 5.5.

 

Playing the race card again, I see.  Do you have any other cards to play, or is that it?

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Go to glassdoor.com and look up employee reviews of Apple. Rarely, if ever, will you see a complaint about Apple not being diverse enough. The biggest complaints from Apple corporate employees BY FAR is work/life balance. You also see complaints about internal politics, no room for upward movement and pay. I wonder what Cook is doing to address those issues, especially the first one,
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He isn't the only one that adds to the problem. Have you ever listened to "Rev" Al Sharpton? I would love to know what 5th grade school he flunked out of.

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He isn't the only one that adds to the problem. Have you ever listened to "Rev" Al Sharpton? I would love to know what 5th grade school he flunked out of.

 

This guy? ;-)

 

http://youtu.be/Rciy9Xav29Y

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"Diversity" means so much more than just skin color or where your ancestors came from. Some people grew up in the big city, and some in small towns and farms. Some people grew up poor, and some came from wealth. Some people have travelled the world, and others have never been outside their home state. Some people are very conservative and others very liberal. It's the sum of all our experiences that make us diverse. Why does it always have to be about race? We are all more than just the color of our skin. Diversity should be about people of all different backgrounds adding something unique or distinctive to the pot. If Jesse Jackson really wants to help the black community, he should be pushing hard for school choice, and voucher programs for poor inner-city kids so they can attend decent private schools, or ending "tenure" so that bad teachers can be replaced by better ones...regardless of how long they've been teaching! Quality education is the best way forward for true diversity...not just some stupid quotas that really don't address the root cause of the problem.
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Jackson 2016?

 

Jackson Never

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I was wondering how long it would take Jackson to wade in.

 

Won't be long before the execrable Al Sharpton weighs in.

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Go to glassdoor.com and look up employee reviews of Apple. Rarely, if ever, will you see a complaint about Apple not being diverse enough. The biggest complaints from Apple corporate employees BY FAR is work/life balance. You also see complaints about internal politics, no room for upward movement and pay. I wonder what Cook is doing to address those issues, especially the first one,

 

Large companies live and die internally on politics. The nice thing about Jobs was he instilled enough internal fear in the organization that no one felt safe in their job.

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Well, gird your loins, Apple, for the race-hustle shakedown!
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I was wondering how long it would take Jackson to wade in.

I think in this occasion 'weigh in' is more appropriate
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Jackson Never

 

I don't think that most Americans will make such a dumb mistake again.

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Shouldn’t your username then be sfloco? 1wink.gif



I'm Jesse Jackson's worst nightmare.  A conservative minority Mexican that sees him for the bullshit he really is.

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I don't think that most Americans will make such a dumb mistake again.
Of course they will. They elected Obama twice
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Of course they will. They elected Obama twice

 

I was trying to be optimistic for a rare moment, but you're probably 100% correct. Americans are that stupid.

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I think in this occasion 'weigh in' is more appropriate

 

I meant "wade in" as in "wade into the BS that is now waist deep."  But, yeah - i see your point.

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Of course they will. They elected Obama twice

 

In fairness, Romney was a horrendous non-alternative and a sitting president typically wins their second term. Ron Paul would've been the right candidate to run against Obama, because Romney's and Obama's positions were largely the same. No one kicks out a president in favor of a nearly identical replacement.

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Playing the race card again, I see.  Do you have any other cards to play, or is that it?

 

Race card?

 

I'm not even black.

I'm a white male.

 

But i have a conscience and I know racism is evil.

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Race card?

 

I'm not even black.

I'm a white male.

 

But i have a conscience and I know racism is evil.

 

Who cares what you are?

 

Some of the worst racists and players of the race card are white males. Just because you claim to be a white male, that does not give you a pass on being a racist who is playing the race card, which you do in most of your posts.

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