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Luke Visconti

‘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?

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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?

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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."

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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 ).

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Is Ethnic Hair OK in Corporate America?

Question: How does corporate America view African-American people with natural hair?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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."

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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?

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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?

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‘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?

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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?"

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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?

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Dreadlocks in the Workplace

Question: Do you think dreadlocks should be accepted in corporate America?

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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"?

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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 can't take it. Is that true?

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When Whites Are the Minority by 2050, Will There Be Real Changes?

Question: In a previous question you talked about whites being a minority in 2050. Will there be a redistribution of wealth and power by 2050 so that there is equitable wealth and power among all groups? Or is the issue of diversity management in 2050 really about the white minority managing a non-white majority?

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What Are the Benefits of Employee-Resource Groups?

Question: What's your opinion on employee networks/affinity groups?

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Does White Entitlement Exist?

Question: Do you feel entitled to success and position just because you are white? Do your friends generally feel entitled? Do you feel that white men are smarter than black men and white people smarter than blacks, as a whole? When a white man, in general, competes with a black man for a job, does the white man automatically think that he is a better candidate? Just wanted to know!

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Ever Laughed at a Racist Joke?

Question: Have you ever used a racial slur or laughed at a racial joke?