It’s been incredibly hard to put into words, not just the disgusting insanity we have recently witnessed, but also the painful ignorance our black brothers and sisters face everyday. No amount of stress, anxiety, sadness, anger and pain will compare to what it’s like being black in America.
It’s obvious that being black in America is painful, and that it means having a lack of basic civil and human rights. Being black in America means a black life is worth less than the lives of white people, or even the lives of any other people of color. Being black in America means that today, one’s black skin color prevents access to life’s basic freedoms or liberties. Being black in America means that a black person with lifelong dreams should probably give up on those dreams because that person might end up dead or incarcerated. Let that sink in for a moment.
Even though we’ve made a lot of great progress in America, there still remain millions of Americans who still don’t have access to the American dream and the economy.
As an example, take a look at the venture-backed tech-startup statistics below. According to a recent study conducted in 2019 by RateMyInvestor and DiversityVC via CrunchBase, minorities still remain an enormous untapped opportunity in America:
Just 1% of venture-backed founders were black.
Latino founders made up 1.8% of those receiving funding
Middle Easterners totaled 2.8%.
Women-funded startups received only 9% of investments.
Asians were the second most-backed group, making up 17.7 percent of venture-backed founders.
And 77.1 percent of founders were white — regardless of gender and education. In fact, most venture-backed startups are “still overwhelmingly white, male, Ivy League-educated and based in Silicon Valley.”
These findings would be demoralizing to any new black founder in America who is even thinking or dreaming of creating a tech-startup. What about if there are two friends creating a startup, one Black and the other Latino? What would be the odds of them securing venture funding? According to the findings above, slim to none.
I think the vision for what this new normal in America might look like is a lot closer than we think. There’s a great quote, attributed to everyone from Thomas Edison to Albert Einstein, that speaks to a very important principle.
Vision without execution is just a hallucination.
or said differently in a Japanese proverb,
Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
We all need to work hard together and take massive action to bring about this new reality, this new normal in America.
At AuditDeploy we are committed, not just to fostering a workplace and a community of diversity, inclusion and respect, but to demanding it.
We are a young, diverse, early-stage, rapidly growing, enterprise-software startup with big ambitions, located in Atlanta, Georgia.
We are on a mission to empower innovators in heavily-regulated industries to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.
We do this by building solutions that make enterprise software delivery easier, faster, safer and more scalable than ever before.
We are deeply committed to continuing to cultivate a culture that understands and embraces talented, diverse individuals from all walks of life. And until we understand what it’s like to be Black in America, we will never be able to solve any of society’s most pressing and challenging problems.