Why Isn’t Open Source A Gateway For Coders Of Color?

Software development is a huge and growing industry, and there are likely to be far more jobs in the future than there are folks to do them. But today, there’s a paucity of blacks and Latinos in software development positions.

One of the spaces you might think would be a gateway for developers of color to enter the industry is through open source software development. You don’t have to know somebody or have a degree in software engineering or get hired to participate in an open-source project. You can jump right in and start writing some code.

In theory, at least. The reality is a bit messier.