From the New York Post:
By Reuters August 28, 2020 | 2:31pm | Updated
Boeing is seeking to increase black US employees throughout the company by 20 percent and mandate benchmarks for hiring people of color, Chief Executive Dave Calhoun told employees in a memo on Friday reviewed by Reuters.
US corporations have become more responsive to complaints related to racial equality following a summer of sweeping anti-racism protests over the slaying of black people by police. …
“We understand we have work to do,” Calhoun said in the memo, which was released on the 57th anniversary of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech and included references to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin on Sunday.
Boeing declined to provide its current number of black employees or a timeline for the new target.
The planemaker separately has had to lay off thousands of workers as it grapples with the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and the 17-month-old grounding of the 737 MAX after two fatal crashes.
In the memo, Calhoun said the company would establish an internal Racial Justice think-tank to guide its policies.
Like the Soviet Union had political cadres to watch over everybody who actually knew what they were doing on the job.
On June 23, a manager at Boeing’s Everett factory found “racist symbols” at his work station, according to an email from Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Stan Deal to employees seen by Reuters. The manager is black, a person familiar with the incident said.
The company launched an internal investigation and referred the matter to police, Deal said, calling the incident “disheartening and a stark reminder of how far our society has to go.”
If Nike were to pledge to boost their employment of blacks by 20%, well … nobody cares about sneaker safety … But doesn’t Boeing make products that we risk our lives riding in?
Must we search out Embraer small airliners because at least Brazil doesn’t play that way?
In truth, the math isn’t that crazy, and they found a way to make the PR statement sound massive rather than marginal. Boeing isn’t going to make 20% of its workforce black. Say Boeing has 4% black employees now and boosts the percentage to 4.8%. You know and I know — although who else knows? — that their aren’t massive numbers of black aeronautical engineers unemployed due to Systemic Racism, so new black hires would be awfully marginal in the capabilities to contribute. But Boeing competes in mostly duopoly markets in which politics matters a lot, so adding 0.8% of the workforce to stand around and be photographed representing the New Diverse Boeing might seem cheap to the CEO.
iSteve commenter JimB points out:
You know and I know that unless the best engineering talent, white or whatever, swears allegiance to BLM, the black Human Resources department at Boeing won’t hire them. And that’s bad news, because the best aeronautical and electrical engineers are kind of truthful and kind of Aspergery and often politically conservative — and they like pointing out that they are smarter than you. So Boeing will lard up on feminized politically correct employees who won’t buck management when bad engineering decisions get made.
It’s like the first Space Shuttle commission hearings. It’s not that Richard Feynman single-handedly figured out by himself why the Challenger exploded by dunking an O-ring in a glass of ice water. The guys in short-sleeve shirts with pocket protectors knew it all along, but they figured the suits would cover it up. So they went through the list of commissioners and picked Feynman as the guy who could get their message across.
Good luck to aerospace engineers in the future if they don’t happen to have a Feynman handy to take their side.