'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?

Luke Visconti's Ask the White Guy column is a top draw on DiversityInc.com. Visconti, the founder and CEO of DiversityInc, is a nationally recognized leader in diversity management. In his popular column, readers who ask Visconti tough questions about race/culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability and age can expect smart, direct and disarmingly frank answers.


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?

Answer:

As you have kindly pointed out, I intended to be humorous with the title. However, many of the questions I receive document that humor and this subject coexist in a very volatile way.

The title is meant to be ironic. It plays off the pompous attitudes of self-delusional know-it-all white guys like Rush Limbaugh. Before some of you white guys start tapping away on your keyboard, please understand that I'm not sorry if that offends some people. Guys like Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Franken and Moore give us white guys a bad name. I won't even get into what Nancy Grace and Ann Coulter do for white women. Part of the problem is that white people have one hundred public blowhards for every one Ward Connerly or Linda Chavez.

Although I'm "the" white guy for this column, I'm not the ONLY knowledgeable white guy or the OMNIPOTENT white guy who can help all people with all problems.

What I hope to bring to the table is a white perspective from an enlightened point of view. It is my hope that this dialogue facilitates greater understanding and clarity for everyone, including me.

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