Normally I’m content to lurk and observe around here. But not today. No, today my brother was fired from his job. And it wasn’t because the market sucks or anything like that. And it wasn’t for gross incompetence, or sleeping with the boss’s daughter or something else along those lines. I wouldn’t be too worked up for something like that. No, he was fired for no good reason.
Some background: My brother is a co-op student working for General Electric (for those who don’t know co-op stands for COOPerative education, he works while he goes to school). He goes to a good engineering school, and does alright for himself. Not the top of his class, but he’s an incredibly hard worker, and is in his element when working with both engineers and guys on the shop floor. He’s been given numerous awards for outstanding work, taking on responsibilities beyond what they asked, etc etc.
Point is, he’s good at what he does. But that doesn’t mean much when the higher-ups decide they want to improve their image.
His boss was actually told to fire all the white co-ops and hire minorities. Not hire more minorities next semester, not create more openings and fill them with minorities, just fire the white guys and replace them. Now, I don’t normally have a problem with Affirmative Action, but that’s just stupid. And it gets worse. Now they’re “strictly” adhering to a minimum required GPA of 3.5, which in and of itself means little, however, his boss was also told that when reviewing applicants to consider a minority with a 3.25 and above. Now I’m not sure, but it doesn’t seem like they’re strictly adhering to anything besides political correctness. I suppose I can sort of see the logic of this type of policy if you’re looking at kids coming from inner city schools or something, where the grades might not be an accurate reflection of one’s abilities, but these are all engineering college students, damnit. What’s more, is they’re mostly coming from the same damn school, and have taken the same classes. So if one kid has a better grade in the class it’s because he’s a better student, not because he’s had some sort of privileged white life.
This isn’t aimed at whoever will get my brother’s job. Far from it, I hope they enjoy the job as much as my brother did. This is aimed at the idiot that decided that this course of action was a good way of promoting racial equality. Though, I imagine that they only care about promoting the illusion of racial equality.
But what the fuck do I know. I’m just a stupid white kid.