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It's a question I've always asked myself growing up. Thinking back to when I was 11 years old, breaking TV remote controls just to see the circuit board on the inside. It interested me just as much as it frustrated my parents. My father worked in IT practically all of his adult life and my grandfather used punched cards, coding food onto the table in a sense. As I've looked around in every developer's conference, classroom, meetup, Youtube channels, and even within my own family, I've noticed that not that many people that look like me are into tech. It begs me to ask the question, "Where are my fellow black tech enthusiast?"
..being a geek hadn't become "cool" until 2010
Constantly, I leaned on the belief that there weren't many inspiring "black techies" -- as my mom likes to call them -- around when I was growing up. However, what I came to realize is that there actually are plenty. They just weren't being recognized. Also, I have to keep in mind that being a geek hadn't become "cool" until 2010. I could be wrong. Before then, I didn't know of any Marques Brownlees, Anthony Mayses, Austin Nwachukwuses, Maya Glicks, or Tatiana King-Joneses growing up, though now I do believe that they did exist. They are just hard to find. With that said, are they inspiring more?
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I've looked at my own friends, family, and my local community. My father and I are the only ones that I know of that are into technology. When I say "into technology", I'm referring to the same way as if you were to walk into a barbershop and you could spark up a conversation with anyone about their favorite piece of technology. I use the barbershop because that's where most healthy heated debates happen in the black community. However, the subject is more in relation to sports and music. Which is fine, don't get me wrong. I'd just like some tech talk to be thrown in there.
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So why is this so? I honestly do not have the answer. I'm writing this in hopes to open a dialog about this subject and I'm willing to talk to others that do feel the same as I. Hopefully, someone just like me is asking this same question.