In this insightful piece by Cristina Costantini (the National Affairs Correspondent at ABC/Univision
English: Cover of a comic book created by PETA as part of a media campaign. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
News), she brings out the very valid point that it is condescending, unnecessary, and a huge waste of funds (that PETA always says it needs so desperately) to have a “special” Latino site to explain why animal abuse is wrong – in a “special” way that Latinos can understand – and then do so in English.
It’s no secret to most people with functioning brains out there that there is no diversity to speak of in Silicon Valley, much less in the electronics and web development industries.
Why is that? Is it pure discrimination or is it because of something more? I’ve seen the website “Black Girls Code” but there’s no mention of this glaring disparity on their website or these recent news stories bringing attention to the story. It’s a worthy cause to be sure, but where is the outrage? Will Microsoft and Google, Yahoo, or Intel hire more black people because of the story? Of course not.
Where are the black women, black men, Latinos? is it that they’re all not interested in careers in web technology? Or are the opportunities simply being denied them?
What’s going on? It’s known throughout the world that there are no Latinos or Blacks in electronics? Right? Either the jobs are being denied, or the interest is not there, or a deadly combination of the two.
I read an article recently about another upcoming Disney project with it’s “first Latina” fairy princess, Sofia, and sure enough, bold as daylight, she’s white as white can be and with big blue eyes.
The TV movie, which apparently will also go to regular series, is entitled “”Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess.” And maybe it’s her light brown hair and name that are supposed to make her Latina, because it sure ain’t any other aspect that I can see.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I haven’t met too many Latinas with pale skin and blue eyes, have you? If you have, let me know.
But at any rate, here’s a link to the entire piece: