June 8, 2023

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As we find ourselves in the midst of the technological age, it’s becoming increasingly clear that digital equity initiatives and funding are needed to ensure that the Black community not only survives but thrives in this new world.

We can’t deny the advancements that have been made in technology within Black communities. From social media influencers to Black-owned tech startups, there’s no shortage of Black excellence in the tech industry. However, the fact remains that there is still a significant digital divide within the Black community that cannot be ignored.


Access to technology and the internet is still limited in many Black communities, with lower-income households and rural areas being hit the hardest. According to a 2022 report by the National Urban League, Black households are 15% less likely to have access to high-speed internet than white households. This is not only a matter of convenience but also a matter of economic survival. In today’s digital age, access to the internet and technology is necessary for everything from job searching to educational resources.

But simply having access to technology isn’t enough. Black people also need the necessary skills and knowledge to utilize it effectively. This is where digital equity initiatives come into play. Programs that provide training and education in tech skills can help create pathways to sustainable employment and economic mobility within the Black community.

Of course, addressing the digital divide within the Black community isn’t just about providing access and education. We must also address the systemic and structural racism and oppression that has created and perpetuated these disparities. This means acknowledging and dismantling the racist policies and practices that have made it harder for Black people to access technology and economic opportunities.

So, what can we do to address these issues? It starts with investing in digital equity initiatives and funding that prioritize the needs of the Black community. It also means supporting and amplifying Black-owned tech businesses and advocating for policies prioritizing digital equity and accessibility.

We can also take steps as individuals to strengthen our digital acumen and aptitudes, regardless of our race. This means seeking opportunities for digital skills training and education and supporting organizations providing access to technology for underserved communities.

As we navigate this new technological age, we must prioritize digital equity initiatives and funding to ensure that all communities, especially Black communities, have the tools and resources they need to survive and thrive. Let’s work together to build a more equitable and just future for all.

1 thought on “Bridging the Digital Divide: Why Digital Equity is Critical for the Black Community

  1. Now THIS will preach. As a long time #BlackinTech I’ve been on the front lines of advocating for our community to engage and demand access to tech and to educate ourselves on the healthy applications of tech in our lives. We still have a great deal of work to do.

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