Black Diversity Chief For Apple Dragged After Saying '12 White, Blue-Eyed, Blond Men In A Room' Is A Diverse Group

Black Diversity Chief For Apple Dragged After Saying '12 White, Blue-Eyed, Blond Men In A Room' Is A Diverse Group

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Apple's new vice president of diversity caught much backlash recently after arguing that diversity can also come full of a room of white men. 

To make a problematic situation even more uncomfortable, Apple's diversity chief, Denise Young Smith, happens to be a Black woman.

“I focus on everyone. ... Diversity is the human experience. I get a little bit frustrated when diversity or the term ‘diversity’ is tagged to the people of color, or the women, or the LGBT," Smith said at the One Young World Summit.

“There can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blond men in a room and they’re going to be diverse, too, because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation.”

  1. After Smith's statement went viral, people revealed their shock at her statement
  2. With the lack of diversity in silicon valley, many wondered if Smith's company influenced her statement
  3. Smith's race and gender did not seem to affect people's feelings about her statement

    Although Smith is, in part, speaking for Apple, the company's CEO has stated in the past that he wants more diversity reflected in the people who work in tech.

    In 2014, Apple's diversity was questioned when research revealed it's international staff of 98,000 was 55 percent white and 70 percent male. In response to the statistic, CEO Tim Cook said, "I'm not satisfied with the numbers on this page," reported Business Insider.

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund)

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