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Post Tagged with: "Ask the White Guy"

  • Where Are All the White CDOs?

    Where Are All the White CDOs?

    Question: What made DiversityInc exclude white men and women from the cover of their recent magazine? If the intent is to show contributions to successful diversity programs by people of color, the cover hit the target, but it certainly excluded successful programs developed by whites.
  • In 2028, Will We Still ‘Need’ Affirmative Action?

    In 2028, Will We Still ‘Need’ Affirmative Action?

    Question: Do you think women and minorities will be appreciably different by 2028, so that they won't "need" free stuff for their sex and/or skin color?
  • What Dr. King Really Meant–The Check Has Not Yet Cleared the Bank

    What Dr. King Really Meant–The Check Has Not Yet Cleared the Bank

    A reader asks the White Guy why DiversityInc appears to be going against the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words. Read the answer here.
  • Why Fly the Confederate Flag?

    Why Fly the Confederate Flag?

    Question: I live in a small suburb of Kansas City, Mo. I have noticed more frequently that individuals in the area have confederate flag bumper stickers, flags hanging as windows, etc. What's the deal?
  • Why the White Guy Does Diversity

    Why the White Guy Does Diversity

    Question: I want to begin by saying I am intrigued on a weekly basis reading "Ask the White Guy." Most people would avoid this kind of thing like the ghetto itself, yet you willingly invite folks to ask you tough questions. My question is simple ... why do you care? All the points that you make (over and over and more eloquently every time) seem like a lot of work for you. It can't make you popular among your family and friends—so why do you do it?
  • DiversityInc: News From a Diverse Perspective

    DiversityInc: News From a Diverse Perspective

    Question: I read articles off of DiversityInc.com all the time and I have often wondered what some of them have to do with diversity. It seems to me that if it is news and it has something to do with a minority then it gets to DiversityInc. My fault, I was under the assumption that diversity was about differences that can and cannot be seen, not just about minority/majority.
  • Why Are People Picking on Oprah? It’s a Diversity Issue

    Why Are People Picking on Oprah? It’s a Diversity Issue

    The furor over Oprah Winfrey's immense humanitarian gesture of opening a school for girls in South Africa is spiraling. Has Winfrey become a target for verbal abuse because she's a rich black woman who chose to spend her millions on needy black children overseas? Would a white, male millionaire get so much criticism for a philanthropic gesture of this magnitude? Is less expected of Winfrey simply because she's black?
  • Do White Men Have a Secret?

    Do White Men Have a Secret?

    Question: From the fly-on-the-wall perspective ... What is it that no black man knows, and no white man will tell?
  • Does Reverse Discrimination Exist?

    Does Reverse Discrimination Exist?

    Question: A situation I have always wondered about is the preponderance of companies that have instituted work-force diversity programs and the conflict of "true work-force diversity" with white privilege. As the "White Guy," tell me your thoughts about this conflict and how the White Guy feels about this.
  • How Much Is Race Determined by Genetics?

    How Much Is Race Determined by Genetics?

    Question: I am a college biology professor who specializes in University Affirmative Action Programs. It is clear that human races are genetically different and have genetically adapted to where they evolved; these are scientific facts and are not debatable.
  • The NFL Got It Right

    The NFL Got It Right

    Question: DI asks, "How Will the NCAA Address the Lack of Black Coaches?" The Oakland Raiders' Al Davis, decades ago, already had the correct answer. "Just win, baby." Care to comment?
  • Supplier Diversity Is Neither ‘Condescending’ Nor ‘Unfair’

    Supplier Diversity Is Neither ‘Condescending’ Nor ‘Unfair’

    Question: Would not "giving" black contractors 2 percent of the available job, reserving that portion for blacks just because they are black, actually be easily understood, clearly defined reverse discrimination? And wouldn't it also be patronizing, condescending, and unfair? Does it really help those presumed disadvantaged to give them free things solely because of the color of their skin?
  • ‘People of Color’ and ‘People of Quality’ Are Not Exclusive

    ‘People of Color’ and ‘People of Quality’ Are Not Exclusive

    Question: I recently overhead a conversation between our HR director, an African-American woman, and a hiring manager, a white woman. The HR director commented that she saw her success directly tied to hiring as many "women of color as possible" to which the hiring manager responded "my goal is to hire as many people of quality as possible." How would you respond especially in light of a past response in which you commented that our past is full of double standards.
  • The Luxuries of Being White

    The Luxuries of Being White

    Question: There is no need for white people to think of other groups because everything is designed to be so easy for them ... it is a "luxury" that they don't even appreciate. Most black folks are forced to think about racial issues quite frequently, whether we want to or not. I imagine that it would be a luxury not to carry that burden. What do you think?
  • In Places Where Blacks Predominate, Can They Be Racist?

    In Places Where Blacks Predominate, Can They Be Racist?

    Question: Amazing. You said blacks can't be racist towards whites in the USA. What would you call the attacks on the white girls in California by a group of blacks recently? What about areas, like cities, where blacks predominate? Can the powers that be, the blacks in this case, be racist? And if race is based on hierarchy in the U.S. as you said, it is assumed you meant whites were at the top. Is this not a racist statement?
  • How Does Slavery Benefit White People Today?

    How Does Slavery Benefit White People Today?

    Question: Call me whatever you like, but please elaborate on how slavery DIRECTLY benefits me today.
  • Supplier Diversity and ‘Reverse Discrimination’

    Supplier Diversity and ‘Reverse Discrimination’

    Question: How can giving black contractors less than 2 percent of construction contracts be reverse discrimination?
  • Racist Jokes Against Other Cultures Still Not OK

    Racist Jokes Against Other Cultures Still Not OK

    Question: Why do white people make racist jokes about other cultures in front of blacks and expect us to go along with it when we know they make jokes about us when we leave the room?
  • Ask the White Guy: The Business Case for Diversity in Healthcare

    Ask the White Guy: The Business Case for Diversity in Healthcare

    Question: Have you found it difficult to communicate the business case for diversity in non-traditional industries like healthcare where the customer's choice is directed by an insurance agency versus his/her preference? And, does it make sense to look at the business case from a cost-savings perspective versus profit?
  • ‘Ask the White Guy’: What Does It Really Mean?

    ‘Ask the White Guy’: What Does It Really Mean?

    Question: Although I find the title of your blog amusing, I have to wonder ... having a blog called "Ask the White Guy" perpetuates the notion that in order to get a "good" or "correct" answer, one should always seek assistance from "the white man." Did you think about this when you created this blog?
  • ‘Hispanic’ Is Not a Racial Category

    ‘Hispanic’ Is Not a Racial Category

    Question: First of all, the term "white" is subjective. You are obviously of Italian heritage and I really consider Italians to be "Latinos" or Hispanic except they don't speak Spanish. Who coins the ethnic lexicon of terms for the vast ethnicity description that eventually finds its way into our American lexicon description on race and ethnicity?
  • Glass Ceilings? There Are Companies Without Them

    Glass Ceilings? There Are Companies Without Them

    Question: Why is it still so tough to break the glass ceiling and move up in a company even when totally or possibly more qualified than other candidates? Do HR managers not care to review hiring practices?
  • Why Do White Americans Ignore Their ‘White Privilege’?

    Why Do White Americans Ignore Their ‘White Privilege’?

    Question: Why do you think white Americans ignore their "white privilege" that is a direct result of the history of slavery in this country? For example, I often hear whites comment, "I didn't own any slaves ... so why do I owe an apology/money/etc?" I just want to scream, "Yeah, but you ALL directly benefit from it."
  • Do Ethnic Names Help or Hurt Employment Chances?

    Do Ethnic Names Help or Hurt Employment Chances?

    Question: This is something I always wanted to ask but couldn't because of the racial thing. What impact does an "ethnically inspired" name have on someone's chances for employment? (i.e. Condoleezza, Oprah [obviously bad examples]).
  • Is Ethnic Hair OK in Corporate America?

    Is Ethnic Hair OK in Corporate America?

    Question: How does corporate America view African-American people with natural hair?