Is Racism Color Blind?

Somebody please tell me how Robert Reich’s statement made to Congress is not racist. What is he thinking? If we build a bridge with bailout money, we should not allow white construction workers to build it? Robert Reich on his own blog states:

And if construction jobs go mainly to white males who already dominate the construction trades, many people who need jobs the most — women, minorities, and the poor and long-term unemployed — will be shut out.

Okay, so maybe what you are thinking is that we need to make sure that the economic stimulus gets spread out among a large group of companies and people to get a broad based impact. Okay, I can buy into that. But that is not what you said both to Congress and on your blog. By specifically shutting out white male construction workers, are you not penalizing them for the color of their skin? Are you not classifying a group of people by their combined skill set and color of their skin? Would it be okay if we allowed white cooks to build bridges?

Come on Former Secretary of Labor Reich. You are a highly educated man. Don’t you know better than this or are you truly racist? Oh wait, you are a white higher education professor. Should we exclude you from teaching because your university gets grants from the federal government?

Your statements are insulting to anyone regardless of color. Shame on you.

Now let’s look at your proposal. You want to have “women, minorities, and the poor and long-term unemployed” build the bridges? Okay, who is going to train them – the government? No, that’s what trade unions are for. Are you abandoning the very groups that are designed to foster skill development and worker rights? If the unions are color-blind, why aren’t you?

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One response to “Is Racism Color Blind?

  1. I will revisit this later. Anybody that knows me knows I am not racist in any way. That said I think there is danger in focusing so much on a single race because we happen to have a President of color. Being a Northerner living down South there still appears to be a lot of anxiety about the ‘rise of the blacks’. As outrageous as that sounds it gets fueled by asinine comments like Reich’s. This very bad economy is color-blind and so should be our decision-makers.

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