11/30/2005

Poetic Justice

I couldn't help but get bothered by this. When I watch T.V., I see men and women of color as symbols of excellence and admiration in the workforce. We see CEO's, successful entrepreneurs, and leaders of this nation, all of "black and brown" origin. This article by Rev. Jesse Jackson made me feel as though our nation still owes him something. He states that when black's finally hold their position on Wall Street, that it will be "Poetic Justice." FOR WHAT? Yeah, it couldn't have been any more wrong to accept slavery, for any race. But, is he trying to get back at this nation or what? I know that racism is still prevalent in our society, but why is it still so strong with blacks?Is he driving a wedge between blacks and whites, or is it just me? Rev. Jackson states that out of the $7 trillion market of mutual funds, "blacks and browns" only manage $5 billion, why? I don't know why their is such a large gap in the numbers, but I know this, that Stanley O'neal is the Chief Executive for Merril Lynch. Many people of colored backgrounds, whether it be blacks, hispanics, or asians, hold positions of authority all over the nation. I don't know where he is going with this. If we simply make the numbers equall based on color, what about performance? People of colored backgrounds get good jobs everyday by doing it the old fashioned way, they work hard. I don't see why he is making such a big deal about it. Where would our economy be if we simply said,"Well, the last CEO of our company was white, so this person is out." It seems that everything is based on race these days.

3 comments:

maddy said...

True equallity will happen only when everyone stops trying to even things up according to numbers and instead starts treating one another the same no matter what shape, size or color. The truth is that if a white guy is better at playing hockey then a black man then he will most likely make the team, if the black man is better at basketball, then he will make the team. Does this mean that there has to be as many black hockey players as there are white or white basketball players as there are black? No! How about we start giving the jobs to those who deserve it or who have earned it instead of trying to even things up?

Bree said...

Today I don't think racism against blacks is a continuing problem. But when it comes to black people and the workforce I've heard rumor that they hold the highest percentage for unemployment. Why is this so? Is it because of location and job opportunity? Maybe we need to start focusing on these kind of realities instead of wallowing in the past. I don't mean to offend in any way, but I would like to hear feedback from someone who knows more about this.

Dr. Tufte said...

-1 on Elijah's post for spelling errors.

A dirty little secret of the discrimination industry is that for equal qualifications minorities tend to get paid more. This suggests that the problem is a lack of accumulation of qualifications.