If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re straight, white, male, and English-speaking. There’s also a high likelihood that you live in the United States.
[A] disproportionately small—yet exceedingly vocal minority—of white male developers advocate strongly for React, and by extension, a development experience that favors thick client/thin server architectures which are given to poor performance in adverse conditions. Such conditions are less likely [to] be experienced by white male developers themselves, therefore reaffirming and reflecting their own biases in their work.
Look through your RSS feeds, newsletter subscriptions, and the websites you visit. Look at the people you follow on Twitter, Facebook, and on Reddit. Are you hearing the voices of people who don’t look or sound like that stereotype?
If not, why not?
I’m going to borrow an idea from myself for this week’s short post. You are all getting homework, and I’m giving you an entire year to finish it. Your task for 2021 is to consciously modify who you follow on social media to be more inclusive of people who don’t look or sound like you.
I’ll check back with you in six months to see how you’re doing.