Post Tagged with: "Ask the White Guy"
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?
Question: From the fly-on-the-wall perspective ... What is it that no black man knows, and no white man will tell?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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?
Question: Call me whatever you like, but please elaborate on how slavery DIRECTLY benefits me today.
Question: How can giving black contractors less than 2 percent of construction contracts be reverse discrimination?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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."
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 ).
Question: How does corporate America view African-American people with natural hair?
Question: Why do white people think that they are better than anyone else, and think that they have all the rights, and that they should be the ones to decide who gets what, when all that they have, they stole, and raped, and murdered, and enslaved to get?
Question: After the Michael Richards incident, I'd really like to know if you think all white people (and perhaps I should say all people) are racist at heart and that their true feelings are submerged by political correctness. Is that latent rage there in everyone?
Question: Wouldn't you say that those who "play the race card" are showing themselves to be racist?
Question: Do whites realize that the majority of blacks are reminded on a daily basis about the color of their skin and how that color may have some effect on the outcome of their day? Do whites even think about their skin color, other than trying to tan it?
Question: What do you or DiversityInc think about the use of the word "minority"? In my personal life, I have begun to use the term "people of color" to represent anyone non-white. I find the word "minority" offensive and degrading to the people it represents, regardless of race. But more so because the word is originally a math term meaning "the smaller part or number; a number, part, or amount forming less than half of the whole."