Tuesday, August 3, 2010
My Affirmative Action Dilemma
Just filling out my eligibility for employment. This is a tough one. Saying I'm female and black has parsed my resume from the database to the top of the stack and onto the recruiters desk. Such information is not disclosed at that point, just automatically parsed and presented to the recruiter without race and gender information, or so it seems. I've selected "diversity candidate" on my online resume.
It may very well have given me an edge but it could not hurt to say I am a member of a preferred race or gender. It may very well have secured the contract for me so I can find solace in that. I'm afraid that if I say I am male I may not get the job long term when the contract expires especially if a female or person of other skin color were to apply or be on the team.
Should I say I'm black or 1/5th black? Should I tell them I'm female? Can I get away with this? I will just not say anything because I do not know the repercussions. However I know that by doing so I will imply I am male and white and very well may lose my job because of it. I am pained inside. I want to love my country but I do not. I am torn by division toward those who compete against me unfairly and not on merit. I must do what I can.
I am deeply pained by this and have been unemployed sporadically and on unemployment. I know that the Stimulus Package was devoted to women.
Robert Reich and the government said that money should not go to white males but to people of other races and to women.
I feel bad for my brothers. I feel bad for all men of any race. I feel bad for all of the American people. 80% of all jobs lost in this recession have been to men. I feel resentment building inside of me, I feel the class conflict. I wish my country could be united. I wish that being male did not mean I am ineligible for a job. I wish I were not judged, accepted or rejected by the color of my skin or my gender but by my merit, my hard work and the content of my character.
I remember applying for a government contract and was one of two applicants for a job on Warren Air Force Base. I got there early and was very eager and starving for work. I've had to move in with my brother since work has been dry as of late. I am a contract and temporary IT worker and have been wanting to find stable employment all of my life. I go from contract to contract and job to job with no retirement (401k) or healthcare.
It was hard because I was told I was one of nearly 150 applicants. I made the cut. I was one of two people selected for eligibility. There was another person who made the cut. He walked in and I saw him. As much as I did not want to think of it, I could not help but think of his race and the fact that he was black.
I can not forgive my government for giving him the job based off the color of his skin and denying me the very sustenance I need to feed myself. I live in a country fractured by race and gender. I live in a nation divided, one in which the working class is divided against itself. I live in a country where wages and income for the middle class separated from productivity about 40 years ago (See graph).
A plutocracy has been reborn and the distribution of wealth in the hands of globalist corporations and aristocracy has become something not seen since the Great Depression. (see graph) I am highly skilled and educated yet I struggle to survive and compete against women and other races. I do not want to see them as my competition and my adversary, I do not want to resent them but I feel it building in me. I can only hope that someday my country will have an allegiance to me and that I may be inspired to have allegiance to it.
With the Stimulus Package being devoted to women upon their request, with Affirmative Action, related laws and policy men can no longer afford to fulfill the social contract that is placed upon us for and toward the benefit of women. My brother is one of those 80% of men who has lost his job, his unemployment is being garnished to support a woman. With 60% of college degrees now being acquired by women, men can no longer compete with women and government while fulfilling our mandated social contract to support women.
Men MUST withdraw, form ranks as a political class and advocate for our welfare. If men can secure our rights and representation or manage to remove gender secular representation in government altogether we will be able to restore our relationship to women and family. MEN MUST BEGIN TO FIGHT FOR THIS! We are being attacked at both ends.
With such a conflict between men and government policy, men can no longer engage in the current social contract with women in an environment in which we are being deliberately disenfranchised from our future prospects of free enterprise and the equal opportunity to produce. Men must withdraw, form ranks and restore individual Liberty, Freedom and Independence in our personal lives and in our personal relationship with women and thus our place in the family.