Diversity in the Workplace

by Sidra M. S. Vitale

The Department of Justice released a report recently on diversity amongst their attorney workforce (you can get the unexpurgated version from The Memory Hole at http://www.thememoryhole.org/feds/doj-attorney-diversity.htm, and we've stashed a copy away just in case that one goes down.)

Of special interest to me is the difference in perception between minorities and straight white guys, as evidenced by this report:

This is a perfect example of not seeing institutionalized classism, racism, or sexism, when you're at the top looking down. Because when you're at the top looking down, nothing unusual is happening *to you*. Everyone around you is like you, thinking like you, acting like you...why, that's perfectly normal and reasonable.

In the *real* world...no, it's not.

I'm of the firm belief that every single majority-group person should have to face prejudice at least once, to understand its impact, its pervasiveness, and the ease with which those at the top of the ladder can ignore it.

Copyright © 2003 by Sidra M. S. Vitale

06/03/07 at 9:55