Nice job of fisking the whole white privilege thing!!!
So true... So true...Funny, but in my neck of the woods, Latinos have more privilege. Even if I can speak Spanish fluently, the Latino will get the "bilingual" job. In fact, if you're in construction around here, you won't get a job unless you're an ESL (English-second-language) Mexican. The only exception here would be if you're in a "licensed" trade. When the government bids things out, small businesses and "woman/minority-owned" get first grabs, with a minority woman-owned small businesses being instant lottery winners. My kid missed out on getting into "gifted" classes one year by ONE POINT on the test. The school administrator then told us that if he had been Latino or black, he would have been well above the bar. Go figure...Yeah; us bad ol' whities have privilege, alright; the privilege of picking up the bills for all of this "affirmative action..."
NFO, indeed. Pete, that's sad, but not surprising. We're seeing it all the time, even up here. The reverse discrimination is a natural response to "affirmative action". My last job in the Lower 48 was a case study. Any leadership position which occurred was automatically filled by a female, unless there was a minority female available. Didn't make any difference how qualified a male candidate might have been. The company was too busy chasing some elusive goal so they could brag about what percentage of leadership was women. And I'm not saying those women weren't qualified - they just weren't the only qualified candidates.
More like the "White Man's Burden", if your a student of Kipling.I've been passed over twice (that I definitely know about; probably more) in my career due to some manager needing to "get his numbers right", or because the employer didn't want to "waste" all the money they'd spent sending the person to a vocational school.In both cases I was far more qualified for the job, but nope, didn't get it.And in both cases the person who did get the position was brought in AT THE TOP of the salary bracket, while I was stuck somewhere slightly above the middle even though I had excellent performance reviews at raise time.In both cases the explanation was that they "had to carefully watch WHERE the salary increases go", rather than basing the increases on merit.Oh, well......
Jim, I feel your pain - and have shared it. I suspect a lot of guys have been there. It wouldn't be quite so painful if the employers would admit what they're doing, but - instead - they choose to weasel their way out of it.
Companies are busy chasing the minorities because of all the freaking government regulations.Free market went out the window decades ago.
Linda, I couldn't agree more. In the case of the firm I worked for, though, there was the distinct impression that they were in it for the bragging rights about how firmly they'd embraced the EEOC regulations.
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