Trump DOJ Wants Microsoft to Pretend White Supremacy Isn’t Real
The Trump DOJ recently sent Microsoft a letter asking the company, according to a Microsoft blog post, “to prove that the actions we are taking to improve opportunities are not illegal race-based decisions.” The actions in question are Microsoft’s recent pledges “to double the number of Black and African American managers, senior individual contributors, and senior leaders by 2025.”
The DOJ is threatening to punish Microsoft by withholding government contracts, if the company attempts to improve its current numbers, which, according to the company’s most recent year-end Diversity and Inclusion Report, show that 4.5 percent of Microsoft employees and 2.7 percent of Microsoft executives are Black.
The DOJ’s complaint is apparently based on the notion that hiring decisions should be “race-blind” because taking race into account supposedly discriminates against White candidates. The idea here is that structural racism against Blacks doesn’t actually exist and therefore any attempt to correct for it is discriminatory against Whites.
I’m not going to pull my punches here.
Anyone who believes that structural racism against Blacks doesn’t exist is a White supremacist.
They may not think of themselves as White supremacists, but that’s only because they haven’t bothered to think things through. Consider:
- Blacks comprise 12 percent of the U.S. population.
- Blacks comprise 1 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs.
There are only two possible ways to account for this disparity: 1) structural racism has blunted the education and careers of Blacks, or 2) Blacks are inferior to Whites, which is why they can’t compete on a level playing field. It’s a binary thing.
It hardly needs to be said–to anybody who’s not an ignoramus–that there is absolutely no valid scientific evidence underpinning the notion of White superiority and there is a huge amount of scientific evidence that structural racism is real and potent. The real