When I was finishing my undergraduate degree a group of my friends and I were discussing the merits of the better law schools in the country. It just
so happened that I was white and was chatting with 5 or 6 of my friends that happened to all be black in the "breezeway" of our university, which
was mostly white - actually mostly white and female (I'm male) lol, but that's a different point of minority-ism... I mentioned a very well-known
Washington, D.C. law school as my ideal school - though it is traditionally Catholic, and I am Protestant. One of my female black friends just looked
at me, shocked, and said something like "Why aren't you going to shoot for Howard? I thought it was the best?!"
The other members of the group just started giggling and I had no idea what to say. As most of us know, Howard is probably the most famous "black"
school. It is like the fact of race had completely escaped her, just as the concept of even considering attending Howard escaped myself.
What is a "white" school, not that I care, but schools often tout themselves as having the "most diverse" student population. Then you have
members of the majority complain that if their grades and qualifications mirrored or even surpassed those of minority members, they would be rejected
in favor of the minority member. We also have very small minorities like the Jews and Asian-Americans that are statistically quite OVER-represented
in our halls of higher education.
It is quite ironic that we can't have a WASP channel or White Entertainment Television (W.E.T., tee-hee-hee) but B.E.T. and Women's Television
Network (or whatever it's actually called, I am not a viewer
are fine. Doesn't really bother me because it doesn't affect me.
Like others have noted it's also "ok" for minority members to call the majority "slurs" but not vice-versa. Heck, I'd be willing to bet if I
went to Kenya or Jamaica or where ever, it wouldn't go over so hot if I started dropping the "N-word" all over the place, even though I would be in
the minority. Heck, I don't even know what "honkey" or "cracker" mean when I'm called such. Seriously, do any of you know what they mean?
(I'm serious, I have no clue) I don't even know what the "n-word" means or what it's derived from... In fact, the only racial slurs I can figure
out are the ones used for Chinese and Japanese people.
Maybe one day we can succeed in achieving unadulterated capitalism where all that matters is what a person can produce/contribute (I'd get flamed if
I said profit = progress). If I had a company I'd fill the executive ranks with purple, three-legged, one-armed Venusians if they could produce more
than "normal" majority members.