White man is fired using a word that his black colleagues have used without repercussion. Trial is set to determine
whether a double standard, if true in this case, would violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which deals with equal opportunity in employment.
When he puts it that way its hard to believe that he wouldn’t win. But I’m not so sure. The political correctness pressure is heavy in this area. Regardless of intent or correctness of grammar, using a certain word if you are not certain color is among the highest social crimes nowadays. Although I’m not sure how they could write the ruling if they were to find against the guy without creating a separate-but-equal situation.
Witness these two phrases which don’t even come close to the above but were still defended by the offended as extra offensive.
- I was kind of surprised at the number of hits for “niggardly” which is a word that when used properly seems to reduce one’s employment opportunity quite quickly.
- My all time favorite though is still the baffling demand for an apology for using the phrase “black hole” in the Dallas County budget discussion.