Stereotypes

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The stereotypical programmer days are done. People need to realise that. This has to be 1 of my biggest obstacles I have yet to overcome. I didn't notice a problem until I took a computer science class in college and everyone in class looked at me like I was going to steal there lunch money and ride on with there mom on a Harley. To give you a rundown of me. I'm a car guy I started life wanting to build custom cars. I wear dickes shorts and a black Chevy flex fit hat backwards most of the time. I have a flame tattoo around my wrist and I'm always rebuilding, welding or painting something. But back on topic. When you have a look like I'm here to fix your car it's hard to land a coding job. The place I work at wouldn't even interview me for a it job. Anyone else notice the close minds around what a programmer should look like.

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I think this is a valid and interesting question as a member of a minority community working in devops (lower-case 'd' deliberately); I had gotten quite accustomed to being-quite honestly-the only African-American across numerous jobs in a certain Texas tech city.

There are a lot of assumptions and biases woven into our industry (and others, to be sure)--and not all of them come with the loaded intent to disparage, demean or 'otherize' individuals who don't fit into 'normative' boxes but as members who exist on the boundaries of what the tech sector discretely considers 'normative', we do certainly feel and notice the differences and disparities.

It wasn't until external forces (and a general desire to live in a different city) brought me to the upper midwest that I found myself taking roles where I saw more people who looked like me and held roles in leadership positions that my own internal...erm...fretting (there's probably a better word for this) slowed down a bit.

Question is what's to be done, and how do you approach it in a tactful, professional but empowering way that allows and encourages colleagues and coworkers from other such groups to take part willingly, and enthusiastically?

Those are answers I don't have, but curious to hear what others may have to say. It can be a sensitive topic, but I think you're bringing a good one to the table @techhead404

On a tangential note, I found this to be an interesting column: nytimes.com/2019/06/07/business/ec...

 

I don't know what you look like, but your usage of English is surprisingly below the minimum standard I would expect from a knowledge worker (like a programmer).

I don't mean it as an insult, but I wanted to be direct so you could reflect on this.

 

Yeah it's amazing what you can do being below minimum standard. Good thing computers don't use proper English.

 

That's true and I had thought the same thing, but if you present yourself to an employer the same way you wrote your post you will only face prejudice.

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