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  • 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. Read more ››
  • 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. Read more ››
  • 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? Read more ››
  • 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? Read more ››
  • ‘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. Read more ››
  • 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? Read more ››
  • 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? Read more ››
  • 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. Read more ››
  • 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? Read more ››
  • 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? Read more ››
  • 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? Read more ››
  • ‘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? Read more ››
  • ‘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? Read more ››
  • 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? Read more ››
  • 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." Read more ››
  • 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]). Read more ››
  • 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? Read more ››
  • 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? Read more ››
  • 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? Read more ››
  • 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? Read more ››
  • ‘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? Read more ››
  • 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?" Read more ››
  • 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." Read more ››
  • 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? Read more ››
  • 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? Read more ››