Originally posted on VentureBeat:

Hands on a globe

This is a guest post by Bill Bricker, a Big Data sales specialist with IBM.

Martin Luther King Jr.  had a dream that his children would “one day live in a nation where they would be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

While we’ve certainly made great strides towards racial and gender equality, an undeniable gap still remains. According to the Department of Labor, unemployment for African-Americans is more than double that of whites. There’s inequality on the gender side as well:  For every dollar a man earns, a woman makes 77 cents.

I have a dream, too. Admittedly, it’s far less profound than that of Martin Luther King Jr , but it’s nonetheless a vision of what things should look like — a chance to succeed based on merit without bias. Sounds simple enough, but think for a minute what this…

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