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One DiversityInc reader wonders why the NBA doesn't look like America. The White Guy has the answer.
Question: I've always been taught that racism does not have anything to do with just mere dominance. It has to do with the "willful" and "hateful" act of purposely denying another race(s) of the same rights to earn a living, obtain housing on an equal level, get gainful employment with the same equal pay for equal effort. It is not based on the fact that white people outnumber a particular race. It is based on using the power structure against another race or races so that they never lose their dominance in every pursuit of legal and fair rights to the pursuit of happiness via employment, free worship, voting rights, etc.
Question: By your refusal to accept other points of view on the subject of affirmative action, you fit the dictionary definition of a bigot yourself! Is discrimination of any kind wrong? I say it is. Affirmative action IS a form of discrimination, and therefore, in my opinion, it is wrong. How does discrimination become right in your defense of affirmative action?
Question: So in order for someone to be racist, they must be a minority in the entire country? What about places where blacks predominate like Detroit and D.C. where they hold the political power?
Question: You've expressed your doubts that reverse discrimination exists, White Guy, but in this medium-sized factory, hourly workers aspiring to leadership positions are trained to parrot the following sentence, when asked: "All else being equal, we should always promote the woman or minority first." Your comments, please.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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.
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?