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Is Silicon Valley's meritocracy a myth? Here's your take after 'Black in America'
November 15th, 2011
01:14 PM ET

Is Silicon Valley's meritocracy a myth? Here's your take after 'Black in America'

After "Black in America: The New Promised Land - Silicon Valley" aired Sunday night,  viewers took to Twitter, Facebook and CNN.com to react and answer: Is Silicon Valley a meritocracy?

The discussion began even earlier: A partial screening of the documentary in October in New York set the stage for a "war of words" that included Michael Arrington, the influential founder of TechCrunch, a technology industry staple.  Additional tech influencers shared their perspectives, including Mitch Kapor and Vivek Wadhwa, two experts featured  in the documentary. CNN's Soledad O’ Brien weighed in, along with several of the featured entrepreneurs, and many others.

Here is how you responded:

DerrickmLane said, "If tonight's #BlackInAmerica didn't say anything else, it shows that there is opportunity. Will you take advantage of it?"

RauhmelFoxCEO said, "#BlackInAmerica most memorable quote: NO WHACK DEMOS Navarrow Wright @navarrowwright"

David Jackson said, "I have enjoyed technology all my life; I remember you Soledad on the old 'Know Zone' show in which I still have that Robotic episode on tape. Looking at many of these great comments I see we have the vision and the voice; Thanks for giving a enlightenment. Silicon Valley has room for us also."

Geanie Asante said, "Thank you for showcasing the story of being black on Silicon Valley. I consider myself to be one of the few women of color in Technology here and felt I had to pursue a doctoral degree in order to be taken seriously. It is indeed a different playing field."

Rennie said, "Having worked and lived in Silicon Valley (I still work here) I can actually say that Silicon Valley is very diverse. There are a large number of Asians that work here mostly from the Indian Subcontinent and the Far East. I am black and I don't feel like a minority because everyone out here in California is a minority. As a matter of fact, as of a few years ago, white people became the largest minority in California and the Silicon Valley."

owasow said, "If we want more of #BlackinAmerica to thrive in tech, then we need our kids to start programming in elementary school."

marissaaevans said, "Curious though, are there enough orgs out there dedicated to helping blacks perfect their entrepreneurial skills?"

MrGobert said, "I always brace for a cringe-fest when watching anything on the state of 'black people' on TV. But this #blackinamerica was actually good."

SharneaD said, "Can't believe Wayne was stopped in Silicon Valley for basically 'walking while black' really that still happens?”

dstarwriter59 said, "' 'you folks don't help each other...' Wadwha aint lying. Not at all."

LEFT said, "Only a fool thinks that it's hard being Black in America simply because we don't help each other. Structural racism is real- not an excuse."

ibe2unique said, "I dont think Black In America programs air to solve the issues. Awareness is the beginning."

Genius Deferred said, "@Nukirk @SeanXavr and THAT I think is the best thing to come out of this year's #Blackinamerica: The conversations it will spark."

What do you think? Add your voice to the conversation in the comments below, or sound off on video.

"Black in America: The New Promised Land - Silicon Valley" airs at 8 p.m., 11 p.m., and 2 a.m. ET on February 11 and February 12.

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  1. Marian

    Most shows are all white, and only whites are on them.

    November 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anthony Gregory II

    There is the problem Trisha. Folks who believe like you, are also the folks that believe non-whites should just get over the inequality they and their families have faced through the years. As a black male, I actually don't really care about slavery and the civil rights struggle as they did not pertain to me, however, reading you comment makes me believe that there is a problem with race still simmering in this country. All white shows, with all white issues have been the norm for as long as anyone can remember. Name one featured black person from Friends, Seinfeld or hell, even the X-Files. You can't because they don't exist. I understand that there are large groups of people who make things a racial issue when they are not, but that doesn't mean there are not issues that have to be addressed. You can't erase history, you have to confront it. People who think like you just add to the problems we already have.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |