Larry Williams, Indianapolis native and president of Indy Black Chamber of Commerce, wanted to take control of his destiny. Five years ago he started Rowley Security Firm, a business that offers security solutions in the greater Indianapolis area. In the last year, Williams has noticed a change in his industry. His clients are shifting toward technology for their security needs.
“Tech is taking over,” he said. “I’ve noticed that people would rather use badges, key fobs and cameras to let people into a building or protect their business rather than hiring staff to do more patrolling.”
Instead of shying away from the technological space of security, Williams embraced it. Now, Rowley Security Firm offers bouncers and security guards for an array of businesses as well as cameras, alarm systems and key fobs for keyless entry. Leaning in to the technology changes in his industry has landed him more business and increased his reach across central Indiana.
Unfortunately, not every field like his will be so lucky. In December 2017, Dr. Kristen Broady, Vice Provost of Graduate Studies and Academic Specialization at Kentucky State University, partnered with the Joint Center for Political and Economic studies to author a report on the effects automation and technological advancements will have on some of the most vulnerable communities. The results show what Broady says many already know: People of color will be affected most by these advancements. This leaves these communities without work or the means to pursue education to land a higher paying job.
According to the report, 27.3 percent of African Americans and 31.2 percent of Latinos are in jobs that are set to be replaced by automation in the next two decades. These job titles include, but are not limited to, cashiers, secretaries and security guards.