Saturday, April 16, 2005

The calendar for everyone but "whitey"

Diversity Events Calendar (PDF)
A joint publication of the
Department of Human Services, Office of Multicultural Health Department of Administrative Services
With those three groups how could this go wrong?

What kind of fascinating and nondiscriminatory events are listed on this calendar you ask?
May 5
12:00-1:00pm. The Center for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Academic and Student Affairs sponsor a quarterly event to celebrate the diversity of OHSU, and to facilitate the coming together of people with similar backgrounds and interests. These events are intended for everyone at OHSU with an international/multicultural background – including students, researchers, faculty, health care providers and other employees – and anyone else who has an interest in attending. INFO: Pam Racansky at or 503/494-5657.
So if I go I have to drink from a separate drinking fountain or what?

May 3
HISPANIC METROPOLITAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS LUNCHEON. Keynote: Vickie Phillips, Portland Public Schools Superintendent. 12:00-1:30pm at the Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon. Cost: TBD. INFO:; MaryAnn Potter at 503/222-0280,
I am willing to bet anyone $20 right now that the winners of these scholarships will all be Hispanic. Can anyone name an ceremony or award that you could guarantee would go to a white person? Anyone? Being charged with a hate crime doesn't count but yes, that only happens to white people.

Don't get me wrong. I don't care that Hispanics have Hispanic scholarships. I don't care that the boy scouts are only for boys and the the gay club is only for gays. I'm just highlighting the double standards. I get accused of being a racist/homophobe/discriminatory all the time (affiliation with the Republican Party is apparently presumtive evidence that you are just one step away from being a Nazi) when I am simply judging people by the content of their character. And if I want to form a "straight white guy club" I should be able to do that without getting sued or being arrested for a hate crime. The ACLU will even defend the freedom of association rights of the child-molesters club (NAMBLA) but would be outraged at the idea of a group that excludes transsexuals.

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