Measured Against Reality

Saturday, November 10, 2007

White men pay more.

I remember a while back, there was some furor of college republicans doing bake sales and charging white males more than anyone else (here's one article with a negative reaction), as a way of protesting Affirmative Action. Well, now there's some feminists charging white males more to protest pay differences.

"It's just to raise awareness," NOW @ SDSU Co-President Amanda Whitehead said. "A lot of people don't realize that white women make 75 percent of every dollar a white man makes or Hispanic women make 50 percent. It's pretty ridiculous. When they actually have to buy the cookies, it puts it into perspective."

Now, the article doesn't say anything about a negative reaction to this, so it's safe to assume there wasn't one. Which makes me wonder, how is this so different from the AA protest? If I recall correctly from a couple years ago, it caused quite the hubub. Why isn't the feminist one having the same reaction?

Personally, I don't think there should be a reaction to either one. If you disagree with the point they're making, engage them in dialog, or hold your own event that counters their point. If you disagree with someone, you don't try to shut them down. But all too often that's what happens (like this incident at Columbia).

It's really too bad that we can't have civil dialog about so many topics, and that people (even those who believe strongly in tolerance) can't tolerate



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