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RACIAL PROFILING---I'M A VICTIM

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Submitted by DANIEL REDMOND (United States), May 23, 2010 at 02:32

That's right, I am a victim of racial profiling and I have been for decades. As a white male in America I am a member of the only group that may be legally discriminated against on the basis of both my race and my gender. And that's not all; as a white male I have been targeted for this discrimination by my own government. Government mandated policies have compelled employers and universities to pass over qualified white male applicants for jobs and admission to institutions of higher learning in favor of less qualified members of every other racial group and women as well. Now I've managed to work around these obstacles---we white males have a history of being innovative under adverse circumstances---so I did manage to go to college and to find a decent job but I've come up against this blatant discrimination more than once in my life and career, as when there were lay-offs at my state job some years ago and white males were specifically targeted for pink slips.

And all the while we, the underprivileged members of society, are consistently blamed for every problem and every social injustice now or in the past. [I guess there might be some truth in that, as it was a Congress of mostly white males who passed the Affirmative Action statutes resulting in this oppressive discrimination against us.] I've been told, for example, that I was responsible for the demise of the American Indian and their culture. [I swear to you, I have never killed a single Indian, ever.] I've been told that it was "people like me" ---meaning white men---who have oppressed women and created the "glass ceiling" (whatever that is) in their corporate careers. [I guess that dropping out of the workforce for ten years to raise kids had nothing to do with disrupting their career goals.]

I've even been told that "we" have stifled women's military careers by "denying them to right to go into combat." Sorry, but going into combat was never something that we white males wanted to do in the first place and if you think that combat duty is nothing more than a function of "equality in the work place" you're in for a rude awakening. But like every oppressed minority throughout history---and we now are a statistical 'minority' ---we white males shall overcome the slings and arrows of our outrageous fortune and persevere despite the stacked deck and the great odds against us. We shall continue to take most of the blame, pay most of the taxes, fight most of the wars and invent most of the new technologies that affect our lives in the same way we always have. But isn't it time to give us a break and repeal the Affirmative Action laws that were passed 45 years ago and were never meant to become a permanent fixture of our society? After nearly half a century of giving every other group a "boost" and a "leg up" on the "competition," shouldn't we finally level the playing field once and for all? Really, we've been discriminated against long enough.

- DANIEL REDMOND

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