“The overall state (of diversity in tech) is not very good. It’s just not. Rachel Thomas is someone I really admire because she writes so clearly about some of these topics. One thing she wrote was how diversity branding hurts diversity. A lot of corporations and institutes talk so much about diversity, and so you’d think that there’s a lot going on, but that hurts actual diversity because it creates a backlash. I don’t like so much of the talk about diversity and I don’t know if it’s getting better. But one positive thing I can talk about is that I started a group called Black in AI with my cofounder, Rediet Abebe. We’ve poured our heart and soul into it.”
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