Just a short note on a new buzz phrase from the Loony Side Of Left. At least, new to me.
I was watching the news and clicked over from CNN to Fox (waiting for Al Jazeera to roll around) and they had a panel of women discussing Ms Romney. The token left wing black lady commented that we needed to get beyond “pale male and stale” (stumbling on ‘stale’, clearly trying to remember the buzz phrase correctly) to make some kind of ‘progress’…
So I went to do a bit of a web search on that phrase.
It is just is so incredibly blatantly Sexist and Racist.
Gives a fairly large number of hits (Google gives 130,000) with the earliest date I noticed being about two years ago.
Think anyone would be offended if I said something like:
“Black, Female, and Naive”? (Just inverting every word).
Look, I’m all for equal opportunity and I have no qualms at all about women and minorities in positions of authority. I’ve reported to a black guy for a couple of years and served on a board of directors for a few years where I was the token male. I reported to a female V.P. for a couple of years too. My ‘date’ to the high school reunion was a Chinese lady (we were born one day apart in the same hospital), but she was romantically attached to someone else (or my kids would likely have ended up Eurasian – I’d not met my wife yet). So it’s not like I’m advocating for defense of the Old Guard.
But these folks need to realize what they sound like when they tell a generation of young men they will have no hope of a fair shot at a fair advancement opportunity as the goal is to dominate those slots with minorities and women to fill up the historic under representation of women and minorities. The only truly fair approach is to have the old guard die off as the new crop enters with equal opportunity. Yes, that will take a generation to happen, but it will happen.
To institute a reverse discrimination as some kind of payback will just alienate a generation of whites and men. Is that really what we want? Folks looking across the table and thinking “Quota – and all the skill that took…”? Can we not embrace what MLK actually said and NOT judge anyone by the color of their skin (or their gender)?
OK, end of my rant…
But just be aware that when you hear the phrase “Pale, Male, and Stale” used by someone you are dealing with a racist, sexist, bigot.
But a PC one…