John Stanley Ford, my father, was the first black software engineer in America, hired by IBM in 1946. Passed over for promotions, discriminated against in pay, with many inside IBM working to ensure his failure, he still viewed his job as an opportunity of a lifetime. He refused to give up.
Minority underrepresentation in high tech has been present since the earliest days of the industry. In reflecting upon my father’s career for a new memoir I wrote about him, I saw important lessons about the history and nature of racism in high tech, and about the steps that corporations and individuals can take to bring about much-needed change.
An important and fascinating story – especially since it involves IBM, a company with a long and deep roots in racism, eugenics, and genocide.
Thank you. I appreciate this story. This is a chapter of history I didn’t know.
Looks more like a person with resentment trying to justify his bad experience in work and life. He tries to connect disconnected events to put in the mind of the reader that IBM is a racist company. It was just missing something like “OS/2 was created by IBM to kill all Latinos” 😛