I had an interesting client. He was a white male and had been passed over for promotion, not once, not twice, but thrice. In each instance he was passed over for a minority or female (or both) candidate who had less experience and lesser qualifications. This prompted him to ask me,
"Should white males even bother working for Corporate America?"
To which, after some pondering and thinking I said, "No, no they shouldn't."
And it's important other white males (not to mention males in general) understand why.
There is no study or research that measures or tracks "how much white males get passed over/screwed over in Corporate America." Not only would such a statistic be stupid, but academians and politicians are too focused pushing the opposite narrative proving just how much women and minorities are oppressed. This relegates us to what humankind has relied upon the past 2 million years to discover the truth - our eyes. And though anecdotal, the evidence is compelling.
There is the story of my client above. There is my friend who was passed over for promotion because the company preferred gays and black women at a large financial firm. There's a VERY HIGH ranking lesbian economist in one of the federal government's key economic institutions who doesn't even have her degree in economics. I know one of the Big Four accounting firms was aggressively promoting minorities and women over higher qualified CPA's to managerial positions. Salesforce.com recently created an affirmative action position out of whole cloth (filled by a black man, of course), the sole purpose of which is to ensure SalesForce hires based on skin color and plumbing, and not character. And don't get me started about Target Corporation, where they go out of their way to hire, promote, and celebrate anything but white males. You combine this with blatant-but-approved sexism/racism in the form of affirmative action, the constant celebration of women and minorities in society, and the villanization of white males with cowardly concepts like "privilege," and it presents white males a serious question;
"Is it worth working for a Fortune 500 company?"
It's Way Too Risky
While the above is nothing more than anecdotal evidence, and there is no hard statistical or scientific proof white males are actively discriminated against by large employers, realize there doesn't have to be. The sheer risk one takes trying to make it in corporate America is daunting enough that if there's even a whiff, a slight hint things are not meritocratic it's not worth it.
First you have to commit your entire life to working for the corporation. To "make it" in a Fortune 500 company you need to prioritize your career ahead of your life. Forget your spouse, forget your family, forget your friends, forget your loved ones, and forget your life. The company is your life.
Second, progressive credentialism. Once you commit to working for a Fortune 500 company you are NEVER leaving school. You need a bachelors just to get an entry level position, an MBA so you can keep it, and you better be keeping on top of all those freshly-pulled-from-the-ass certifications via CPE or "continuing education" classes if you hope to make it into management. Fortune 500 companies know they have you by the balls, and can constantly dangle promotions to "SENIOR Vice Reserve Assistant Regional Director" to validate why you wasted your youth on stupid degrees and family time on worthless certifications. But what's worse is competition to advance within Fortune 500 companies is so fierce, they'll actually get you guys to pay for your own unnecessary education.
Third is competition. If you really want to "make it" in corporate America you need to outperform and be better than everybody else. That way you get promoted to that glorious "6 figure salary" and get the much-coveted "corner office!" But to be better than everybody else, that means you get to work overtime, weekends, holidays, and extra hours. It also translates into your wife divorcing you and all your children being diagnosed with Aspergers.
Now when you add this all up, and realize just what you have to risk and sacrifice in order to have a successful Fortune 500 career, even the first-day freshman business major realizes it's all contingent on meritocracy. That in order to get promoted and make sure this HUGE investment pays off, your work and excellence has to be recognized. It MUST BE rewarded. And if it's not or is somehow undermined by corruption, nepotism, cronyism, or incompetence, then all your efforts and labor will have been wasted, and you have more or less ruined your life.
And sexism/racism in the form of affirmative action is precisely what undermines this meritocracy, and should scare away any competent, capable, hard-working, and self-respecting white males.
What In the Wild Wild World of Sports is Going on Here?
For those of you either already ensconced in a Fortune 500 career or aspiring to work for a Fortune 500 company (or you just have an intellectual interest), you may not be able to understand why, at such a competitive level, Fortune 500 companies are abandoning excellence for skin pigmentation and "vagina." The NFL, MLB, and NBA cannot afford NOT to award excellence, and you'd think it would be the same for a soulless corporation whose only motive is profit. But there are two key reasons why sexism and racism is pursued in Fortune 500 companies.
1. Virtue signalling.
2. Whites are perfectly OK with being discriminated against.
Let us understand VERY clearly why corporate America, Fortune 500 companies, the government, and other large employers prefer to hire anybody but white males. It has nothing to do with "noble" motives such as "diversity," "affirmative action," or "helping close the wage gap." Nor does it have anything to do with capitalizing off of cheaper labor via hiring women and minorities. All this is, is marketing thinly veiled as virtue signalling.
That's all it is.
Corporations want a cheap, nay, free way to market to idiotic sheeple and they do this by signalling their "politically correct virtues" said idiot sheeple were brainwashed to worship and value.
Don't believe me?
This is merely the third or fourth reincarnation of "Virtue Signal Marketing."
First, it was corporations donating to charities like the United Way.
Then it was corporations "going green" or "caring about the environment."
Third was the fad of "fair trade" and implementing full blown "Corporate Social Responsibility" departments.
And now it's magnanimously promoting every possible minority or woman to unearned positions of power or parading them on their advertisements and annual reports for the whole world to see.
Still don't believe me?
The examples are hilarious as they are naked.
There's Battlefield One where the WWI video game has a black hero. There's the constant white-washing of traditionally white male super-heroes in Marvel comics to hispanic, black, or female ones. Target Corporation's hilarious debacle of bragging about how they'll let anybody use whatever bathrooms they want. Do I need to bring up Feminist Ghostbusters? Pepsi's CEO is a blatant case of politics and skin color over competence. And I dare you to find an annual report of any Fortune 500 company that has a mix of races and genders representative to the actual population, instead of a heavily lopsided mix of minorities and women.
All corporations are doing are capitalizing off of the political, psychological, and mental infrastructure schools, colleges, media outlets, and politicians have laid down by brainwashing two full generations of American sheeple. They are playing to the vanity,ego, and laziness of millions of Americans who don't want to actually put forth the effort to achieve good, but will gladly buy political indulgences to "feel good" via buying "organic coffee," "fair trade CD's," and buying from companies who
Normally this farce would be seen for the bigotry, discrimination, and charlatanism that it is. But it works because there's one unwilling accomplice - white males. They, frankly, don't have the balls to stand up for themselves and boycott companies who marginalize them and outright discriminate against them. And good luck getting women, even conservative ones, to boycott their precious Target or give up their morning lattes at Starbucks. Why, that would just be too inconvenient to forego their precious Apple machines even though their husband was passed over for promotion at Apple. Whites are universally wimps when it comes to self-respect, and some are even stupid enough to feel guilt for sins they're not guilty of. And so they just shrug their shoulders and accept this discrimination.
This gives Fortune 500 companies carte blanche to abuse them and use them (or the lack of them) in this virtue signalling marketing racket. And they're not going to give up this racket, because the economic truth is the free marketing is more profitable than the money they would have made pursuing a policy of excellence and meritocracy. Ergo, they aren't really being racist or sexist as much as they are leveraging the political zeitgeist and infrastructure of "diversity," "going green," "organic," "affirmative action," and other forms of virtue signalling that American sheeple are suckers enough to swallow.
Trust Me, They're Doing You a Favor
At one time I was the "corporate man." I worked for large corporations, made my way up to management, earned what today would be an inflationary-adjusted six figure income, and also had that coveted "corner office." It's what I thought I wanted, what I worked hard to get, and in the end got it. But as a man who has walked this path in life I can tell you, nay GUARANTEE you one simple thing;
It's not worth it.
Understand from the day you can comprehend wealth the media, corporations, and the larger society is conditioning you to think money is everything. When you get to college not only will business schools convince you "investment banking" is the path to heavenly riches and success, but Hollywood will throw in a couple of movies to convince you this is true. The networks will create shows showing power-tripping women in New York sipping martinis and having the time of their lives. And the relentless barrage of advertising to convince men that they need a luxury sports car to woo the women is never ending. Corporations and colleges are not only selling you their products so that they may enrich themselves, they're also selling you the lie that "success" is a junior executive position in a downtown office for a Fortune 500 company so that you slave away for them for peanuts.
So if you're stupid enough to drink this cool aid, it is a 100% guarantee you will ruin your life.
The time commitment to succeed in "Corporate America" will ensure you have no life worth living outside work.
The taxes you'll pay, if you succeed, will ensure you take home only half.
The psychological price you'll pay sitting in pointless meetings, working for inept bosses, while commuting 50 minutes one-way downtown (because that's "where the action is!") is immeasurable.
The increasing "politically correct culture" where you're forced into "diversity training," "sexual harassment training," and you're only one fake sexual-harassment accusation away from a ruined career is intolerable.
The never ending educational and training requirements that are completely unnecessary.
And the incompetence. Mercy, the incompetence. I know MBA's and corporate executives like to fool people into thinking they're smart, but the fact that this "Virtue Signal Marketing" fad is the BEST idea they got is proof there's not a single ounce of originality, innovation, or intelligence among them. You won't be working with Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. You'll be working with idiotic ass-kissers who try to pass on obedience and conformity for actual intelligence and leadership. The exact same types who, no matter how "diverse" or obedient, are so myopic they typically drive corporations into the ground.
The truth is when you take the entirety of what is required to excel in a Fortune 500 company, no man, regardless of race, deserves this hell. Not only is it unacceptable in terms of professionalism, wages, commitment, and fairness, the reality is you'll make a lot more working for a smaller company, perhaps even yourself, for a fraction of the effort. In other words, white males may not find it fair that Fortune 500 companies and corporate America are adamantly pursuing an anti-white male agenda. And it may have been your pre-conditioned dream to become the "corporate man." But if you are truly the best, regardless of your race, you simply are not going to be allowed to achieve your best in an environment where we promote people because "vagina." Let the diversity pimps have corporate America. Entrepreneurship, or just a happy life of minimalism, intellectual stimulation, and a pursuit of one's hobbies is an infinitely better one.
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