“So you have these intentions, but without strategy it’s chaos. It doesn’t do anything and in many cases it harms the very people you’re trying to include.” @KimCrayton1
If you’re silent about your pain, they will kill you and say that you enjoyed it ~ Zora Neale Hurston
“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston
“If you want that good feeling that comes from doing things for other folks then you have to pay for it in abuse and misunderstanding.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston
“Those that don’t got it, can’t show it. Those that got it, can’t hide it.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston
“Learning without wisdom is a load of books on a donkey’s back.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston
“I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston
“Once you wake up thought in a man, you can never put it to sleep again.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston
“Through it all, I remain myself.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston
“I’m thinking of all the other people that think that my presence in this community and this space in this organization is a stamp on this is also safe for you.”
Shanise is a web developer and community builder with a passion for where tech and social justice intersect.
“When you are used to being dominant, equality looks like a loss.”
Mel Stanfill is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in Texts and Technology and Games and Interactive Media at the University of Central Florida. Stanfill holds a PhD in Communications and Media from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Stanfill’s research interrogates how the relationship between media industries and their audiences in the Internet era is shaped by labor, intellectual property law, consumption, heteronormativity, and whiteness, and has appeared in venues such as New Media and Society, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and Cinema Journal.
On the Invention of whiteness:
Black Internet Studies:
Safiya Umoja Noble
“I took an electronics class and there was a particular class of problems where they said: this is not the right formula to use, but we use it because it’s easy to understand. It’s like searching where the light’s good. So, we know specific things about diversity and inclusion that make sense and we keep going back to those things. But those aren’t necessarily the things that are going to solve the bigger problem. If we keep searching where the light is good, if we keep searching where we feel comfortable, then we’re never gonna find the right answer.”
Sage Sharp is the founder of Otter Tech, which provides diversity and inclusion consulting. They provide training and advice around Code of Conduct enforcement. They are also a co-coordinator for Outreachy. Outreachy is a paid, remote internship program that pairs open source mentors with people from under-represented groups in tech. Sage has over 10 years experience in open source, and is the author of the Linux kernel USB 3.0 driver.
“It happens In a lot of 3rd world developing countries that we’re doing the same work as an American engineer or a Canadian engineer and we get paid way less…For example, a lot of my friends work for US clients…the companies who build this product are paying US dollars to build this product and then we get paid a fraction of it.”