I was looking at the ads on craigslist.org tonight, just looking for some part-time work, and I came across an ad seeking a tutor in the New Haven area.
Unfortunately, the ad states that the preferred applicant would be black. Well, African American, they say.
Being white, or Italian-Polish-American, if you prefer, I figure I'm right out.
And that's OK. This post isn't going to be me ranting about how that's discriminatory, even though it is, because I think that sometimes discrimination is OK.
This person is looking for someone to hang out and teach their kid, so they should be able to hire anyone they want, and if they are more comfortable with someone black, that's fine with me.
It's a little freaky that someone would directly state the color of the preferred applicant, but not the education level of the applicant.
But, still, I'm fine with that. I love freedom. I think most people would not have any problem with this ad, and that's a good thing.
The one question I have for you, though, is this: Do you think people would be OK with the ad if the person specified that they wanted a white applicant?
Basically, I think that if you took all the groups that some folks make it a point to safeguard -- blacks, Hispanics, gays, Muslims, etc. -- and left all those out and advertised a job that none of them would fit, people would flip out.
Think about it. If I wanted a tutor for my kid, and I posted an ad saying I preferred applicants be English-speaking heterosexual white Christian males, I think it's safe to say that I would be called everything from homophobic to a racist to a plain old hater.
I just find that weird, that inequality.