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We Must Always Take Sides

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We Must Always Take Sides

  1. 1. Always Take Sides Andrew Clay Shafer @littleidea
  2. 2. This may not be what you want to hear today But these are the only words I can say
  3. 3. I will make mistakes I will say the wrong thing But I cannot say nothing
  4. 4. I continue to educate myself
  5. 5. Black Lives Matter
  6. 6. If you do not care to listen to me I understand If you do not care I do not understand
  7. 7. I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation
  8. 8. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor never the victim… Silence encourages the tormentor never the tormented… — Elie Wiesel
  9. 9. –Desmond Tutu If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor…
  10. 10. To those people who want to keep politics out of tech
  11. 11. That has never been possible
  12. 12. ‘keep politics out of this’ always means ‘do not try to change this’
  13. 13. Why do the people who say ‘keep politics out of this’… immediately invoke politics for their issues?
  14. 14. everything we do is politics
  15. 15. ‘police’ is definitionally political
  16. 16. the regulation and control of a ‘community’
  17. 17. I am privileged
  18. 18. I benefit from systemic oppression
  19. 19. I benefit from white supremacy implicit and explicit benefits
  20. 20. If I was not so privileged, I would probably be in jail or dead
  21. 21. George Floyd was executed by violence sanctioned by a prejudiced system
  22. 22. Photo by Xena Goldman
  23. 23. I am not OK This is not OK
  24. 24. I can’t breathe
  25. 25. “I can’t breathe” 11 times
  26. 26. grand jury decided not to indict
  27. 27. This is not OK
  28. 28. shot at point blank range seconds after informing an officer he had a licensed firearm the officer was acquitted
  29. 29. This is not OK
  30. 30. “injuries resembling those suffered in a diving accident, were caused by abrupt force to his neck”
  31. 31. lapsed into a coma with three fractured vertebrae, injuries to his voice box, and his spine 80% severed at his neck
  32. 32. All charges: ‘dropped or acquitted’
  33. 33. This is not OK
  34. 34. found hanged in a jail cell, three days after being arrested during a pretextual traffic stop
  35. 35. Dismissed perjury charge in return for “never seek, accept or engage in employment in any capacity with law enforcement”
  36. 36. This is not OK
  37. 37. This 12 year old boy was executed with extreme prejudice By someone who ‘lacked the emotional stability to be a police officer’ 2 years earlier.
  38. 38. grand jury had decided not to indict "I’ve definitely never seen two prosecutors play defense attorney so well."
  39. 39. This is not OK
  40. 40. Anyone seeing a pattern?
  41. 41. These are not just bad apples This is a bad system
  42. 42.
  43. 43. This is not OK
  44. 44. Who does more? Who works harder? not me
  45. 45. If that’s what the best of us has to experience… What is tech like for black people who aren’t so accomplished?
  46. 46. We have to lift from the bottom.
  47. 47. Not only do we have systemic police brutality, we have for profit prisons ‘school to prison pipeline’
  48. 48. the strongest people are not always those who show strength we can see but those winning battles we know nothing about
  49. 49. Safe space is not enough We have to build safe systems We must dismantle bad ones
  50. 50. I know I can do more
  51. 51. we must be actively anti-racist we cannot renounce white privilege we must dismantle white supremacy
  52. 52. The real opportunity is to improve the system for everyone not performative activism
  53. 53. Next time you are looking for a speaker…
  54. 54. #BlackExcellence @bryanl @MinaMarkham @maascamp @omojumiller @marcusjcarey @Lanooba @EricaJoy @CTOAdvisor
  55. 55. #BlackExcellence @kstewart @elchefe @operaqueenie @techgirl1908 @tiffani @polotek @Abebab @jboursiquot
  56. 56. #BlackExcellence @NerdyAndNatural @stephenaugustus @anjuan @ade_oshineye @Carnage4Life @DarkAndNerdy @mekkaokereke @dashaun
  57. 57. Not because they are black, but because they are awesome
  58. 58. No Shortage of Wicked Problems I didn’t forget
  59. 59. One problem is enough for today
  60. 60. –Simon Wiesenthal Technology without hatred can be a blessing. Technology with hatred is always a disaster… The combination of hatred and technology is the greatest danger threatening (hu)mankind.
  61. 61. We will make mistakes We will do the wrong thing But we cannot do nothing
  62. 62. –Desmond Tutu If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor… Without forgiveness, there's no future.
  63. 63. If we cannot improve ourselves, our organizations and our society what is the point?
  64. 64. I continue to educate myself
  65. 65. we cannot do nothing
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