I don’t know how Forbes operates- I don’t know if Gene Marks writes from home, I don’t know if they have an editorial review process, etc. But my first thought when reading that nonsense was “this is why workforce diversity” is so important. I’m betting, right about now, Forbes and Gene Marks wished that he had some co-workers with a diverse economic and racial background, and some editors with the same kind of background, because if they had seen that crap he churned out, they would have put the kaibosh on it right quick.
ABL brought up “white privilege,” and one of the reasons it exists is because a lot of white people just aren’t exposed to the same life experiences as many other people in this country. It’s something I struggle to deal with myself, and on occasion I’ve said something blockheaded and you all will quickly inform me what is what. Back to the point, I don’t know anything about Marks, and he may not be a bad man or an asshole. He may have thought he was helping people out, by exposing them to technologies and possibilities they might not have otherwise known of (despite the fact that I’m reasonably sure no poor black kids read the Forbes tech section). But it was his lack of understanding and experience with how others in his country live that allowed him to so clearly show his ass in front of the entire world today. That’s a white privilege in and of itself- not even having to dirty your little mind with how the other half lives.