And you wonder why our country has lost its way. Employers are bad. Good jobs are bad. Having a good job makes you a bad person. Cleaning up a neighborhood is an awful thing. Rising property values and prosperity are horrific. How crazy do you have to be to believe any of this?
Now, I know what some of you are going to say. "You heartless bastard! I'll bet you've never been priced out of your home and forced to move, have you?"
Talk about "unaffordable housing!"
"That seemed to be the conclusion when the Silicon Valley giant this week issued a gender and ethnic breakdown of its workforce that showed that of its 26,600 U.S. employees, 61 percent are white, 30 percent Asian, 3 percent Hispanic and 2 percent black. Thirty percent of its employees are women."
The nation's overall population is about 63% white, 17% Hispanic, 13% African American and 5% Asian, according the Census Bureau. The fact that a company might hire mostly white folks is hardly surprising, as they make up most of the population. The fact that few blacks are Engineers is hardly surprising, either, given the dearth of qualified graduates in this field. Tech companies can't manufacture graduates to fill vacancies.
The problem isn't "white people taking all the jobs" but rather an over-representation of Asians and an under-representation of Blacks (and whites!). Those Asians are "taking away our jobs!"
Just kidding. They aren't. No one is. Google, like anyone else, hires the best people it can find. And not many blacks are graduating with Computer Science degrees. Certainly not enough to make up 13% of the workforce in that field. Ditto for Hispanics.
And the real problem is, people on welfare and working minimum-wage jobs don't have Computer Science degrees and thus cannot apply for jobs at Google. And the kids growing up in the ghetto don't value education, but instead beat the shit out of the one kid who actually tries to succeed in school.
Asians, on the other hand, value education and are more likely to pursue technical careers. And overall, men are more likely than women to get into Engineering. What these slacker protesters are saying is that we should somehow manufacture more minority Engineers? How do you go about doing that? And whose responsibility is that?
Until these protesters start instilling educational values into their kids, not much is going to change. And by educational values, I don't mean going to Protest University, doing bong hits, and majoring in bullshit degrees. Yea, Engineering is hard, but if you want a high-paying Google job, you have to do hard things.
The odd thing about the photo above is that most of the protesters are white, and I think a lot of this nonsense is not coming from minorities themselves, but rather from liberal whites who have nothing better to do. They attack Google and other tech companies, because the cost of living in San Francisco is going up and it is they who are being priced out of their homes, not the minorities living across the bay in Oakland.
The sad thing about all of this is that many companies are being chased out of California as a result. The Governor of Texas recently made an offer to the Sriracha company to relocate to his State, after they were harassed by a local city council. Governor Jerry Brown (remember him?) finally stepped in to put an end to the madness - California already has a bad enough reputation as a business-hating State.
And when businesses leave, it places the tax burdens on fewer and fewer remaining businesses (and taxpaying employees) which can cause a spiraling effect.
In the 1990's, I used to go out to "Silicon Valley" to get cases from semiconductor companies. During the tech bust of the late 1990's, it became apparent that hardware was becoming a commodity item. And the high costs of doing business in the Bay area made companies uncompetitive. Many of my clients moved to Austin Texas, Boulder Colorado, or other, less costly States to do business.
Employees enjoyed the better lifestyles afforded in such places - at lower costs. Which means employees could be paid less, but effectively make more.
Google and other tech companies have branches all over the United States and even the world. Maybe some, like Apple (which just built a Billion-dollar flying saucer) might be stuck in California. But others, particularly software and social media companies, can pull up roots and relocate, very rapidly. More and more of this kind of work is done by telecommuting, anyway.
And if that happens, well, these same protesters will be decrying the "loss of jobs" and petitioning Governor Jerry Brown to "create new jobs" as if he could pull them out of a hat.
Jerry Brown, at least, has wised up over the years. These protesters didn't get the memo.