reply to post by tiger5
White collar racism?
You've had an African American lead American Express and Merril Lynch - two of the most white-bread institutions in corporate America. Members of
minority groups excel in all industries, including finance, entertainment, high-tech.
We've had minority Secretary's of State and Defense, minority Attorney Generals, National Security Advisor, Director of Homeland Security, Health &
Human Services. You would be hard-pressed to find a major role in this country that has not been occupied by a minority.
The time for race and gender based criteria for anything in this country is over.
As a hiring manager, all things considered equal I would always give the opportunity to a minority - all things considered equal. Why? Not because
I felt that he/she "deserved the break". I would give the minority the job because having a diverse workplace makes the workplace more
interesting. Working with different kinds of people is more interesting, and more fun. When folks are in an interesting and fun environment,
morale and productivity are improved.
The big difference is that I made the decisions based on my own personal judgement - not because I had to comply with some standard.
I have been on the other end of it though, based on a standard and so has just about every manager in corporate America. If you are told to cut 10%
of your staff due to a down-sizing, you need to put together a worksheet which depicts age, gender, race, sexual orientation (if known), length of
time on the job, latest performance review. You then rank them and come up with your 10%.
You take the list to HR and they review it. They will then tell you what needs to happen to the list - have to take Joe off the list - he's over
50. OK, now I have to put someone on the list who does not deserve to be on the list and keep Joe, even though he's a slacker. Mary's native
American - she needs to come off the list too. OK, I'll switch her out with another white male, despite the fact that shes not very good at her job.
Down the list it goes until HR is happy with the "diversity" of who is getting laid off. If anyone is getting hammered on the corporate side of
this economic downturn it is young, white men.
Legally in this country you are "protected" if you are:
a racial minority
homosexual or transgendered
Who is not protected? White men under the age of 40.