Target Gen Z Black Girls for Technology...Not Negativity
We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams. ~Jimmy Carter
Negative experiences are the norm for black girls. These experiences result from abuse, criminalization, adultification, or bias. They are targeted for the way they talk, how they dress, how their hair looks, and their skin complexion. These negative attacks occur at school and in their communities. As a result, race and gender challenge them even at a young age. But what if we started seeing them as an untapped resource needed for the future of technological advances?
Many may ask… why do we need more black girls in technology? One reason is that technology outpaces the salary of many other fields. In addition, by pursuing technology, black girls can help solve some of the most challenging issues we face. Yet, black girls are ignored in the attempt to produce technology professionals.
So how do we address this issue? First, black girls must be made aware of technology and its benefits. Gen-Zers were born in the age of technology. Many of them use it daily. However, many black girls never consider it a career. They do not know how promising the future of technology can be for them.
Unfortunately, the educational system doesn’t prepare black girls for the challenges of technology careers. We must help them understand the technology areas and how they can apply them to personal interests. Identifying with a field in which they see no benefit is tricky. However, careers in technology provide opportunities to address poverty, healthcare, and climate issues. It is the perfect opportunity for them to contribute to society. Especially the black community.
Now that we are in a time of transformation, we can seek policies and procedures that will attract and retain the interest of black girls in technology. Next, we can close the wealth gap and create a system that prevents biases. In addition, educators and parents can promote public awareness of supporting black girls by sending positive messages. Finally, we can develop strategies that work. Technology is advancing, and we need people who can represent everyone as it grows. Now is the time to target Gen Z black girls! So next time we hear the negativity that’s targeted toward black girls… Slay What Ya Hear!... and speak on the positive elements of them choosing technology as a career.