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Jesse Jackson Exhorts Oakland Teens To Pursue Tech Jobs

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has shifted his civil rights sights to Silicon Valley in recent months, where the high-tech workforce doesn’t look like the Rainbow Coalition he once envisioned for society. Or anything like Oakland.

It does not, he said Wednesday to an auditorium full of teenagers at Oakland Technical High School, look enough like the students assembled to hear the civil rights icon speak on diversity in the tech workforce.

“Somehow, someway, (Silicon Valley) has passed over you,” he said. “They’re going to India and China.” And that needs to stop, he told the students. “Somehow, we must choose the future over funerals,” he said. “Life over death.”