USA Today interviewed Justin Edmund, an early employee at Pinterest. The 24-year-old engineer first caught Silicon Valley's attention with a candid personal essay about growing up black, where he said he had "not seen a single technology leader," besides Jack Dorsey "acknowledge the crisis in Ferguson. And why would they bother?"
Edmund offered some suggestions to address what USAToday calls "the 2% problem," in reference to diversity reports which showed that African-Americans made up roughly 2 percent of most large tech corporations:
"Inspiring people when they are young and showing them like, 'Hey, you like Vine? You like Instagram? Cool, you can actually work on those things if you start now and you work on these kinds of problems and you take this kind of path.' That kind of awareness will go a long way," Edmund said.
[...] "If the people who have the power and the money funnel them the right way and to the right places, we can solve these problems," Edmund said. "But people have to see what the issues are instead of just standing by and being silent, or tweeting 140 characters about it and then forgetting it's happening."
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