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Prejudice Is Alive And Well

Vincent Viewpoints Header-vincent-ken[su_dropcap style=”flat”]A[/su_dropcap]H YES. How comforting for the bigots that love prejudice to know that it hasn’t died off. Far from it actually. It is just a little harder for some to see because the worm has turned, so to speak. Don’t think so? Here are a few examples:

Colleges and Universities that have racial quotas. Those arbitrary racial balances must be met having little or nothing to do with student qualifications;

Public schools that have forced busing to achieve a racial balance in schools to match the racial profile of the population in the district;

A president elected to two terms based largely on skin color and with virtually no experience, expertise, and a dubious background;

A presidential candidate that is saying that we should vote for her so that we can have a first female president;

A U.S. Representative in Maryland that is running for the U. S. Senate largely on the platform of being a black female and only one other in the Senate;

A high-tech industry that shies away from hiring older workers, preferring youth to experience and seasoning;

And, we see pressure at the corporate level too. Many argue that if 51% of the population is female then C offices and corporate board rooms should be staffed with 51% female. Then there should also be parity in the representation of Hispanics, Asians, and people of color.

I would be the last person to argue that the racial, gender, and age discrimination of the pendulum-cone-chain-goldpast was good or justifiable. Certainly not. However this seems to be another situation where once the pendulum begins to swing, it goes to the other extreme and now we have what could be called reverse discrimination.

I’m all for females and minorities being in positions of responsibility and leadership, but only if they have the best qualifications for the position. We should not be electing or hiring people without the needed qualifications. The failure of our society is that we are doing too little to get those people qualified to hold higher positions, and to succeed in higher education venues. In the interim we should soundly reject any argument that age, race, or gender is a reason to hire or elect.

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Ken Vincent
Ken Vincenthttp://sbpra.com/KennethVincent/
KEN is a 46 year veteran hotelier and entrepreneur. Formerly owned two hotels, an advertising agency, a wholesale tour company, a POS company, a leasing company, and a hotel management company. The hotels included chain owned, franchises, and independents. They ranged in type from small luxury inns, to limited service properties, to large convention hotels and resorts. After retiring he authored a book, “So Many Hotels, So Little Time” in which he relates what life is like behind the scenes for a hotel manager. Ken operated more that 100 hotels and resorts in the US and Caribbean and formed eight companies. He is a firm believer that senior management should share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of management.

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