Day’s Verse:

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

Psalm 118:8


Have you noticed how being a white male in our society is a disadvantage? I may have gotten in to WPI as a result of my gender: somebody in admissions trying, in a small way, to narrow the disparity between the male-female ratio here. Companies look to hire “diversity” – that is, people of color (though white somehow doesn’t count), minorities, disabled people, people with alternative sexual desires… It appears that, today, diversity has become so deified that being different is a commodity. I could sell my female-ness, use it as an advantage, if I desired to go into a male-dominated field like electrical engineering. Companies jump at the chance to hire females. If I were a black or Latino female, none of the othe candidates would have a chance, thanks to affirmative action.

Americans love to talk about equality, how we strive towards being “colorblind” towards race; yet in every aspect of life we raise up the “different,” the “diverse,” the unique. Your value as an employee comes both from your skills/responsibility and from your ability to contribute to the company’s diversity. It hardly seems fair, but in the real world white people, especially males, actually get rejected in favor of less-qualified minorities. This comes in our attempt to not discriminate against those poor minorities – that still happens, regardless – but the pendulum swings too far the other way at times. I think we don’t have a fighting chance at achieving a perfectly fair society because, in the end, people do what benefits themselves. That’s why companies hire selectively leaving out whites. It’s not fair: it’s life.

– KF –

One thought on “Selling Your Differences

  1. Wow, I’m not the only one who noticed that. I really found that out when I was searching for scholarships… however, as a white male myself, I’m not entitled to have the opinion you just explained. Interesting world, that’s for sure

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