Is it Racist that Tech Crunch Founder Says He Doesn’t Know of Any Black Entrepreneurs?

Michael Arrington, founder of Tech Crunch Magazine, was heavily criticized this week for telling Soledad O’Brien that he doesn’t know of any black entrepreneurs in the tech industry. 

The remarks drew controversy because there are thousands of black entrepreneurs across the country who are not given opportunities by men like Arrington.

In this video, Syracuse University Professor Dr. Boyce Watkins and Your Black World Political Contributor Yvette Carnell discuss Harrington’s remarks and whether they were racist.

 

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39 responses to “Is it Racist that Tech Crunch Founder Says He Doesn’t Know of Any Black Entrepreneurs?

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  30. Gwenola

    Does this also mean he doesn’t have anyone of color in position at his company. I think he believes this about ALL companies. Someone needs to send him a list Of Black companies

  31. Not a racist, but one who has led a “sheltered” life.

  32. wealthylady

    The remark “the size of your brain” was confirmation!

  33. Rudy

    No, just ignorant.

  34. S.E. Baraka

    Why are we at all astonished; they live in their own world and don’t have to interact unless they want or when they can turn a dollar at our expense. We, however, must know their world in order to be successful or merely to survive. I would say that it’s institutional racism.

  35. Eileena

    No, it just shows that he doesn’t have a clue.

  36. Rebecca Poindexter

    All shucks, he’s just ignorant. I am of the opinion that lots of white people don’t know any Black people at all since they travel in different circles. Additionally, they probably don’t want to know any.

    Besincere,

  37. Rev. George Brooks

    Why was Soledad O’Brien asking this white boy about blacks in the tech field in the first place? Don’t we still have Black Enterprise Magazine? Or is it gone over to whites and Jews too? Booker T. Washington was right when he said over 150 years ago, that any group of people that does not have their own businesses and economic system will not be respected, nor be truly free and independent. So they ought to talk about us black folks, and disrespect us. Maybe this will cause us to get up off of our black butts, and get our business thing going, like all other racial groups, including the Hispanics, who are now passing us by in just about everything. We should have even more than one black business magazine. But is seems like we are going backwards, with whites and JEWS taking over everything that we have and attempt to start up. And that is sad and disgusting.. — Rev. George Brooks of Murfreesboro, TN.

  38. No he does not have a broad based diverse outlook,and he’s igorant to the wealth of blacks in the tech world.

  39. Robert

    Black American are not recorgnized because we willing support businesses that the owners don’t even like us as a people. Just let Black American BOYCOTT CHRISTMAS in 2011,just don’t buy and the decline in sales will hit a all time low. We make them rich like no other ethnic group in America. IF YOU WANT RESPECT HOLD YOUR MONEY. WAL-MART IS NOT YOUR FRIEND. IT’s a store and those cheap products made in China are not worth your money. but i know BLACK AMERICA YOU DON’T HEAR ME. DO your thing and cry and pray in 2012.

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