Thursday, May 27, 2010

Nothing To See Here, Just Move Along

"White workers just work better." Or so said a founder of a major technology corporation. Co-workers routinely directed racially derogatory slurs such as "n*gger" and "coon" at a black employee. And yet the courts are debating whether laws against discrimination should apply. The courts are confused if the statements from the companies founder and co-workers actually meant anything, much less a hostile working environment. The argument is that they would not have hired him if they wanted to discriminate against him. Hired and fired in two years. Demoted and given no duties or responsibilities, then fired. Sounds like discrimination to me.

Of course, if what happened above was true and the victim black, there would be no debate. The company would have folded, there would have been an investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. There would have been demonstrations by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

However, the victim was not a person of color or a woman. It was a man, an old white man.

What really happened was that Google co-founder Larry Page said "that 'younger workers just work better.'" And the derogatory slurs were "old guy" and "fuddy duddy." Not too terrible, but quite clearly hostile and in violation of the law that prohibits discrimination and hostile work environments. Why is there any question at to whether there was discrimination? If the victim was black and the allegation racial, then there would be nothing being questioned. We would have proceeded directly to sentencing, no trial needed. It is clear that the issue was that white guys deserve nothing and young communists like Page can do anything they want.

Interestingly enough, Google employees almost no blacks, just like most of the high-tech companies of Silicon Valley. Lots of Asians, lots of young Asians, but no blacks or Hispanics. Of course we all know why, but Page will not say. He will say why he doesn't like older people. But on the race angle, he bought indulgences from Barak Hussein Obama with campaign contributions. Great if you can afford it, but pity the fool who can't.

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