Maxine Waters came out of nowhere with an absolutely frightening incident that involved her and what she wanted to do with a hammer. People were caught off guard and some may have been terrified for what she said, as her violent outburst was completely unacceptable, especially considering where she was and what she was doing. This type of behavior is what helps her critics label her as one of the most unacceptable Congresswomen and partially contribute to the nickname “Mad Max.”
It all started when the Democratic California Congresswoman was talking about diversity and technology. She was acting like she was surprised that so many tech companies didn’t have a high number of black employees. That to her was appalling and she now wants to enact some sort of regulation that could effectively force companies to hire people based on the color of their skin. At one point American companies were discriminating against people, now they might be forced to hire certain people even if they lack the skills required for the job.
Maxine Waters associates called “The Enforcer” and it seems like Waters tried to take that seriously and literally said that she was “about to hit some people across the head with a hammer.”
If Donald Trump said that, then the Internet would be blazing with social commentary and people throwing so many bad remarks at him. If Maxine Waters says it, then it seems like people throw it under the rug because she’s a black woman and people fear being called a racist if they criticize a woman who is threatening to potentially injure someone in a horrible way. Verbal joke or not, she shouldn’t be promoting aggressive actions when her fellow Democrats constantly speak so much against that type of behavior. They also criticize President Trump for even the slightest comment he makes, but then they ignore it when someone like Maxine Waters makes horrible comments like this one with the hammer.
Recode covered the incident and provided these details: “Leading black lawmakers are growing impatient with tech’s largely unfulfilled promises to improve employee diversity.
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., made the strongest case for regulation during a panel discussion with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus on the last day of their trip to Silicon Valley. She said she was “floored” to find out that many tech companies had only 1 percent to 2 percent black employees.
“I’m talking about some regulation,” said Waters, who was jokingly referred to by her fellow CBC members on their trip to Silicon Valley as “The Enforcer.” “I’m talking about using the power that our voters have given us to produce legislation and to talk about regulation in these industries that have not been talked about before,” she said. She later added, “I’m not urging, I’m not encouraging, I’m about to hit some people across the head with a hammer.”
Other members of Congress on the trip — Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C.; Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; and Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y. — also shared their frustration with the lack of improvement they’ve been seeing since the Congressional Black Caucus started a taskforce to improve diversity in tech back in 2015.
Their public talk Tuesday at Lyft’s headquarters concluded the CBC’s third trip to Silicon Valley, which included private discussions with execs like Tim Cook and Jack Dorsey at Apple, Twitter, Paypal and Square.
Waters is poised to become the chair of the House Financial Services Committee if Democrats win control of the House in the upcoming midterm elections. As a potential chair of the influential committee and a leader in passing Dodd-Frank, she could be well placed to enact regulatory action on tech.
When asked what regulatory proposals specifically they were considering, the group discussed expanding the Community Reinvestment Act — which makes sure financial institutions help meet the needs of low-income communities they operate in — to include tech, improving requirements around companies’ EEO-1 diversity reporting and negotiating partnerships with tech companies and underserved school districts to improve education for black students.”
The truth about diversity in the workplace is that lawmakers should not be able to force companies to hire certain people if they don’t meet the skills and requirements. The lawmakers should also not force people to go into jobs that they may not like.
Lawmakers must also consider that some people may not want particular jobs in technology or they may not have the skills to allow them to apply.
One major problem with Maxine Waters and her argument is that she was speaking with the Congressional Black Caucus about diversity, but there are no white, Asian, or Latino people in the Congressional Black Caucus – so where’s the diversity for that? Maxine Waters can’t talk about diversity when she’s part of a “black only” caucus. That doesn’t make any sense at all, right? One cannot fight for diversity when they are part of a group that is not diverse.
Technology is filled with diversity and it doesn’t seem like the Democrats did a very good job at looking around to notice it. There are literally millions of people from different cultures who are immersed in technology.
Is Maxine Waters losing her mind? Does she know anything about technology? Should she be investigated for saying threatening comments like this?
Do you see diversity everywhere you go?
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