Re: Fannie Mae Is Being Sued
The issue of discrimination is far more complicated than this. For one thing, white males make far more money than do members of other ethnicities. Or, take a look at the board of directors for any large corporation and see how many faces belong to someone other than white males. Or the senior management of almost any company. Or the members of any high-paying profession, for that matter. If there are more obstacles in the path of white males than in other groups, those white males sure do seem to be doing a hell of a job overcoming them.
Originally posted by sassyinaz
There was a day when being a young white male in America could have been considered a perk. I'm not so naive as to think that discrimination still doesn't exist but mostly there are laws and processes in place to right that wrong swiftly.
I think we've swung too far the other way, there's no balance -- no equal playing field, which I thought was the point. A young, healthy, white male in America today has obstacles in his path because he is white. They have to find the opportunities and make it happen, not that there's anything wrong with that, but that's not a fair and equal playing field.
I'm not even really sure white is the majority anymore, there have been some studies that indicate otherwise publicized. For a society that has tried to right some wrongs, I think we are now contributing to them.
I'm not even really sure white is the majority anymore, there have been some studies that indicate otherwise publicized.
The definition of a minority has nothing to do with numerical superiority; otherwise women would be a "majority." In South Africa, whites never had a numerical majority; however they were very much the majority race there, anyway.
In particular, though, this statement,
A young, healthy, white male in America today has obstacles in his path because he is white. They have to find the opportunities and make it happen, not that there's anything wrong with that, but that's not a fair and equal playing field.
causes problems for me. I happen to be black, and I grew up in a neighborhood where everyone else was black. If you want to know what "obstacles in your path" are, try growing up in an environment where there is massive unemployment, and an ingrained attitude that you cannot succeed, no matter how gifted you are or hard you try. And then go out in the world with that handicap, and hear people say things like, "all you have to do is get a job and keep it," and other platitudes that sound wonderful and practical, but do not offer much to people who are conditioned from birth to believe that a good job or a great education come along about as often and in the same way as a winning lottery ticket.
The issue of discrimination is complex, and deserves to be treated that way.
As to this suit specifically, I'm very curious about it. The CEO of Fannie Mae is a black man if I remember correctly, Franklin Rains or something like that (too lazy to look it up). Of course, that doesn't mean a whole lot, but having the guy testify in the suit would be a tough thing for a plaintiff to overcome in a suit claiming racism.
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