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  • 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.
  • ‘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?
  • ‘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?
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • Whites Lack Experience as Objects of Racist Jokes

    Whites Lack Experience as Objects of Racist Jokes

    Question: Why is it that when white people tell a minority joke, they all think it's really funny, but when a minority tells a white joke right after they finished their minority joke, they don't think it is funny ... it seem to me that [they] can't take it. Is that true?
  • Does It Hurt or Help to Declare Race on Job Applications?

    Does It Hurt or Help to Declare Race on Job Applications?

    Question: When I apply for a job, should I put my ethnicity? Especially in places like California that don't have affimative-action policies? When I write my race, is this hurting my chances to find a job? I have an engineering degree, with good grades, and 8 years' experience, but I can't find a job. I wonder if it is because of my race.
  • Being White Doesnt Mean You’re ‘Normal’

    Being White Doesnt Mean You’re ‘Normal’

    Question: Why do white people considered themselves "unraced" but think everyone else is ... AND ... what can I do as a minority to counteract that without coming off with a "chip on my shoulder"?