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  • 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?
  • ‘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?
  • ‘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?
  • 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?
  • It’s Human Nature to Oppress, Says the White Guy

    It’s Human Nature to Oppress, Says the White Guy

    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?
  • The White Guy Talks About Michael Richards

    The White Guy Talks About Michael Richards

    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?
  • Does Playing the Race Card Make You Racist?

    Does Playing the Race Card Make You Racist?

    Question: Wouldn't you say that those who "play the race card" are showing themselves to be racist?
  • Equal Society or Double Standard?

    Equal Society or Double Standard?

    Question: I've had employees ask, "Why is it OK to have executive incentives or mentor programs in place to help minorities and women, but none for the rest of us?"
  • Should You Use the Word ‘Minority’?

    Should You Use the Word ‘Minority’?

    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."
  • Do Whites Realize How Often Blacks Think About Their Skin Color?

    Do Whites Realize How Often Blacks Think About Their Skin Color?

    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?
  • Should Hiring White Women Advance Diversity Goals?

    Should Hiring White Women Advance Diversity Goals?

    Question: Do you think white men are biased in regards to hiring white females to fill positions and meet minority hiring goals in corporations?
  • ‘Arm Candy’ Employees and White Privilege

    ‘Arm Candy’ Employees and White Privilege

    Question: Since you are aware of your white privilege, how has your walk in life changed? When you are in situations where it is clear that your whiteness has availed you a benefit, do you do anything differently?
  • Ask the White Guy: The Minority That Dares Not Speak Its Name

    Ask the White Guy: The Minority That Dares Not Speak Its Name

    Question: I need to ask if it's appropriate to call you the Straight White Guy. Because my question involves the minority that often dares not speak its name in corporate America: the LGBT employee. In the eyes of Straight White Guys, are gay employees really Tier One minorities? I mean, we're not easily counted, the government doesn't require any accounting of us, and I've heard we inspire a certain "ick factor" in SWGs. Your observations, please?
  • Does Success in Media Hinge on Being White?

    Does Success in Media Hinge on Being White?

    Question: It appears that you are familiar with the ways that racism, white privilege and institutionalized oppression play out in the wide world. Do you think that if you were a person of color you would be getting the type of airspace, publicity that you are getting now? How will you utilize your power and position for good, to eliminate bias and allow the voices of the oppressed and people of color be validated and heard by the larger white masses?
  • Beyond Skin Color: Do White People Notice Complexion?

    Beyond Skin Color: Do White People Notice Complexion?

    Question: In the black community, as in others, we still struggle with complexion. It is believed that light-skinned black people get more privileges than blacks with darker complexions. Of course those perceptions come from the history of slavery in this country. Do white people think about a person's complexion or even care? Do they make decisions based on whether the person is light-skinned or dark-skinned? In the back of my mind, I've always worried that they may be afraid that I'm related to them or something and that's what makes them hesitate to select me for a job or promotion. These are burning questions for me.
  • The Top Issues Regarding Diversity in Organizations

    The Top Issues Regarding Diversity in Organizations

    Question: What would you say are the top five or six main issues with regard to diversity in organizations?
  • Why Do You Push Incentive-Backed Diversity Goals?

    Why Do You Push Incentive-Backed Diversity Goals?

    Question: Why do you push "incentive-backed diversity goals"? Isn't "incentive-backed diversity goals" simply another way to describe paying, or even bribing, execs to promote more women and minorities? And if you're going to pay more to those who promote more women and minorities, why not also pay more, directly, to women and minorities, and bypass the "middlepersons"?