High-tech’s diversity glitch
Re Nabeel Ahmed’s High-Tech Contradictions (NOW, October 11-17). For the record, I work in technology and I am a privileged white male. It’s clear there are many challenges we face as a city and employment sector. Addressing those challenges will require civil discourse and compromise. This article was not helpful. Instead the writer chose to underscore divisions and cherry-pick stats to suit his agenda.
To say that Toronto is “more segregated by race than it has ever been” ignores real progress we’ve made over decades. Pointing out that Indigenous people are underrepresented in tech ignores the fact that they are grossly underrepresented in all forms of employment.
I have worked in both the public and the private sector and found that racialized communities form a fastgrowing part of the workforce in technology. Large enterprises in particular are taking affirmative action to offer opportunities to previously marginalized groups.
If we are to continue to make our society more fair and inclusive, we need to tackle the challenges we face in a way that doesn’t polarize us into warring camps.
Tom Sommerville Toronto