Saturday, September 19, 2009

Racism/Sexism

The most helpless class of Americans is the white male. Think about it. When something happens to them, they have no card to play. The racism card is for the black people and the sexism card is for women. What do white males have? Nothing. These two cards are played so often in America today that I'm surprised people even believe them anymore... but when the racism card is played, a lot of black people get on board. When the sexism card is played, a lot of women get on board. What is wrong with the people who go along with this crap? When will the whining, sniveling people who proclaim that everything that happens to them is either a result of racism or sexism grow up? Guess what, you people out there who use those cards. Life is hard for everyone. In fact, life just plain sucks for a lot of people. But that doesn't mean it's someone else's fault or a result of discrimination of some sort. If you get arrested because you did something illegal, that's not racist, IT'S THE LAW. If you don't get a promotion, it's not because you're a woman, IT'S BECAUSE YOU CAN'T DO THE JOB AS WELL AS SOMEONE ELSE. Just get over it already. Everything isn't all about you.
If you're in one of these two groups of people and you've never used these cards to get pity or revenge or whatever, then I applaud you. If you actually have been a victim of racism or sexism, than I feel for you. Yes, acts of racism and sexism do happen (not anywhere near as often as people say it does), but when it does happen, it's a thing to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, it's hard to take it seriously when sexist or racist acts actually do happen because the card has been worn out. Now, it's almost an expected thing. Something happens and Al Sharpton throws up the racist flag.... and no one is surprised. We expected it.
Until next time...

1 comment:

  1. I disagree. I think racism and sexism continue to thrive in today's world. Examples: Women continue to earn about 16% less than men worldwide for the same work. A report by the ITUC (http://www.ituc-csi.org/IMG/pdf/gap-1.pdf) shows that "women are often educated equally high as men, or to a higher level. Higher education of women does not necessarily
    lead to a smaller pay gap, however, and in some cases the gap actually increases with the level of education obtained."
    This study (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/23/health/research/23perc.html?ref=science) in the Academy of Management Journal shows a persistent workplace bias in favor of white men when all other factors are taken into account.
    Women are much more likely to be victims of intimate assault than men. (http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/intimate/victims.htm)
    Take one step onto a college campus and you'll hear sexism in action. I can't tell you how many times I've heard men talk about women like they are either brainless drones or like they're objects to be manipulated.
    Advertisements are a prime example of racism and sexism in action. Here's a website that has collected eight pages of such ads: (http://www.mediawatch.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=3455)
    In this study, (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=428367) researchers found that by sending out the exact same resume with a "black-sounding" name rather than a white one, they received 50% fewer callbacks.

    These are just a few examples. That's not to say that people don't play the racism or sexism pity cards sometimes, but it's important to remember that they are still legitimate issues in society no matter how quickly we want to say "it's all in the past." Anyways. Sorry for the gigantic comment. :)

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