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Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

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?

Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

‘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.

Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

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?

Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

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?

Question: Call me whatever you like, but please elaborate on how slavery DIRECTLY benefits me today.

Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

Supplier Diversity and ‘Reverse Discrimination’

Question: How can giving black contractors less than 2 percent of construction contracts be reverse discrimination?

Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

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, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

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?

Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

‘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?

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?

Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

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?

Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

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."

Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

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 ).

Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

Is Ethnic Hair OK in Corporate America?

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

Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

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?

Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

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?

Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

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?

Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

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."

Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

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?

Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

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?

Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

‘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, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

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?"

Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

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?

Ask the White Guy, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO

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.