An interesting topic that I hoped to one day cover here on this blog was discussed by Open Source Advocate/Mac User notable; DrunkenBatman. You may remember DrunkenBatman from outting the guys over at CherryOS for stealing Open Source code and using it as their own.
In my 10 years selling Macs - 10 YEARS!!!! ... I have only sold one used Mac to a black person. Two years ago, I sold Final Cut Pro to a black couple starting a wedding video business ... that is ALL!
Unlike Gruber, I found DrunkenBatman's topic interesting.
I'm not sure what was said, as Gruber seems to be one of only a few really summarizing this ... but I have hard facts. I make about 4 sales a week and visit 9-10 businesses and homes a week. I see greater than 500 customers a year. I think my sampling of Mac users is certainly valid.
Here's John Gruber of Daring Fireball with his summary of DrunkenBatman's Blacks & Macs:
Gruber: DrunkenBatman’s second topic ... “Black People Don’t Use Macs”.
Several panelists and audience members disputed DrunkenBatman’s basic premise. One audience member spoke up with his observation that at Macworld Expo, the largest gathering of Mac users in the U.S., there are plenty of black people. Drunkenbatman responded by turning up the hyperbole. As I transcribed it in my notebook, he said: “The only black people at Macworld are outside begging for change.”
[ FixYourThinking Note: One of the ONLY black people I remember seeing at MacWorld was Sinbad. ]
Gruber: Racial diversity is a legitimate and important topic (although I question whether it was a good topic for this panel at this conference). Some truths are uncomfortable, and the only way to get at them is through uncomfortable discussions. DrunkenBatman’s “begging for change” statement, however, was neither true nor simply a controversial opinion. It was stupid.
[ FixYourThinking Note: But I don't see Gruber saying, "Well I remember this specific person or that one. I mean blacks are 13% of the population - that means out of the tens of thousands of MacWorld attendees - some should be noticeable. And truly, my San Francisco experience was poor - 75% or better of the beggars/homeless on the streets near the Moscone Center (where MacWorld Expos are held) ARE black or so it seemed ]
Gruber: It was an exaggeration intended to emphasize his implied thesis, which is that black people, in general, are under-represented in the Mac community compared to the communities surrounding other OS platforms. I don’t know whether that’s true; I hope it’s not, but I don’t know. When opinions run as hot as they can regarding an issue such as racial diversity, it’s essential to argue with as many facts as possible — and but alas, DrunkenBatman had no numbers to cite.
[ FixYourThinking Note: He didn't need numbers ... it's an observable fact ... although I think I have given some answers here ]
Look at the picture Gruber has ... notice any particular race missing?
Out of ANY Mac site I think I am the ONLY one to quote Martin Luther King Jr. on every page:
"Injustice any where is a threat to justice every where"
So ... I certainly don't bring this topic up because I'm racist ... I have always found it interesting.
I'll have more to say on this at a later date ... I'll contact DrunkenBatman and give you a brief poll of fellow Apple Consultants in my area.
[UPDATE] More comments here: DrunkenBatman is NOT a racist!
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