This. Thread. The guy who designed SpaceX’s Merlin engine is the son of an Idaho lumberjack who got the right nudge from his HS geometry teacher.
Mekka Okereke (@mekkaokereke) Tweeted:
If you’ve seen my talk on D&I, then you are familiar with under-matching: a phenomenon where bright kids from rural areas don’t pursue intellectually rigorous careers.
Talent is everywhere. Opportunity is not.
Under-matching affects white folk too.
Something I learned at the Racial Equity Institute “groundwater” seminar I attended: inequities aimed at minorities affect white people, too. The U.S. has a terrible infant-mortality ranking in the world, but it’s not a matter of one demographic wrecking the curve. If you take out the “problematic minority”, we STILL rank terribly. Injustice hurts us all.