As far as I know, no employer of computer programmers has ever been sued for discrimination, even though there are no black people working in programming. OK, that’s a lie, there was one black computer programmer. But he was not a typical black man, he was actually a black Hispanic; he was born somewhere in Central America and moved here when he was a young child.
He’s obviously exaggerating to make a point, but having a very good friend who is a systems and network administrator, I’ve heard stories from a frustrated narrator about more than a handful of incompetent black programmers who this friend “knows” to be beneficiaries of affirmative action policies (though because he cannot specifically identify these policies, he refers to the process as one of “soft” affirmative action). So I was skeptical about the claim that there are virtually no blacks in the programming profession.
Using ISCO88 occupational classifications, the GSS reveals the following racial distribution among computer programmers (n = 144):
White — 75.6%
Black — 8.1%
Other — 16.3% (most of whom are Chinese or Indian; breaking the numbers down by ancestry, 7.6% of all programmers are of Chinese descent and another 8.2% are of Indian descent, for a Chinese-Indian combined total of 15.8%. Tangentially, none are of Mexican ancestry.)
Seems like the threat of sex discrimination charges would be a greater worry for employers of programmers than complaints about racial discrimination would be, as 71.6% of GSS programmer respondents are men (and the GSS slightly over-samples women).
GSS variables used: RACE, ISCO88(2132), ETHNIC, SEX