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The information technology industry long has been one of Jesse Jackson’s targets. Well over a decade ago Rainbow/PUSH established its Silicon Valley Project office. There is enormous money to be extracted on behalf of minority groups ostensibly “excluded” from tech industry employment. Whether such concessions benefit a particular company is immaterial.
Jesse Jackson took his moral theater this past month to three titans of Silicon Valley. First stop: eBay. The online auction and shopping website, held its convention in
It’s worth quoting at length from his Facebook statement because it encapsulates the essence of his tour:
I speak to you today representing the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, about the need to open up a new era of growth and inclusion of African-Americans, Latinos and other people of color in
Silicon Valley’s technology industry. Inclusion leads to growth, and when there is growth, everybody wins.
Facebook is uniquely positioned to lead this new era. We won’t know how good Silicon Valley can be until everyone can participate.
All we ask is that everyone plays by one set of rules, and that there is an even playing field for all. It’s the moral imperative.
Carl F. Horowitz is director of the Organized Labor Accountability Project of the National Legal and Policy Center, a Townhall.com Gold Partner organization dedicated to promoting ethics in American public life.
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