I’m currently in the process of looking for a new job, which means I’ve been spending my spare time completing the arduous task of filling out application after application.
I could write a Mein Kamph caliber manifesto on why job searching is a massive pain in the dick that closely resembles that brought on by gonnorhea, but I’ll boil my frustrations down to one simple point: Why the fuck should I have to fill out the same thing over and over when all of the information is on my resume?
It drives me up a fucking wall that I have to repeatedly type the same things that I’ve already taken the time to carefully categorize in a page in a half for both the convenience of my possible employer and myself.
Where I went to school? It’s on my resume.
Employment history? It’s on my resume.
Hyperbolized bullshit to make me look like a better job candidate than I really am? It’s on my resume.
Alongside how much this makes me want to pull my hair out and look like 2009 Britney Spears , there is something else that I’ve come to realize is absolute nonsense while applying to new places I can hate going to everyday, and that thing is affirmative action.
If you don’t know what affirmative action is, here’s the official definition
So basically, it allows less qualified people to receive preferential treatment for things like jobs and acceptance to universities in the name of diversity.
They accomplish this forced diversity by asking candidates questions like their gender, race, sexual orientation, etc. and it’s similar to many other social justice policies and movements in the sense that it’s fucking stupid and cannot be applied to real life. Seriously, how does this help?
I was always raised to believe that everybody was equal and should be treated as such, thanks to a good old thing called The Civil Rights Movement.
So how does picking and choosing between people based solely on things like race make any sense?
Many people who support affirmative action cite the Civil Rights Movement as the reason for why it is essential, but doesn’t affirmative action go directly against what leaders like Martin Luther King were fighting against? MLK had a dream to end discrimination across the board, as he bravely and correctly stated that people should be judged on the content of their character and not irrelevant things like their skin color.
Affirmative action’s intent was to end discrimination, but in reality it just rebranded it. Now there is clear discrimination against people that are just as qualified, but happen to fall into certain categories that have been deemed not worthy of assistance. I don’t know about you, but purposely skipping over somebody that is just as, if not more, qualified than somebody else and giving the position to somebody that is less qualified simply because the latter person is a certain race or gender sounds pretty fucking discriminatory to me. The last part of the definition above is what drives me the most nuts. “Positive discrimination”? There’s no such thing, and if you think there is, you’re an idiot.
For example, Boston Fire Department has come under fire recently due to this issue. People complained that the vast majority of BFD is white males, so naturally before looking into any facts about why that might be, people started bitching about it. Instead of using logical thought and saying things like, “Gee, there are a lot of white males in Massachusetts that want to be firefighters. It is clearly the most popular race and gender combination that applies for this job, and the numbers properly reflect that”.
But rather than accept things like “facts” that get in their way of thinking, they just cry racism instead. The truth is that anybody that isn’t a white male who takes the civil service test can dance their way into any civil service position they want to, and anybody that lives in MA knows this is true. I had a buddy of mine (White guy) score a 98% on the police exam and he still didn’t make it onto BPD. Want to know who did make it onto BPD? People that scored much lower than a 98% but just happen to be a different race or gender than my friend was. How is that fair? Better yet, how is that smart? Ah yes, let’s get more less qualified people to do a physically demanding and potentially life or death job just so we can say we have a more diverse department. Bull fucking shit. The most qualified candidates should get the job. I don’t care what your race, gender, sexual orientation, whatever is. There is no logical reason why a less qualified person deserves something over a more qualified candidate simply because of things they can’t change like race or gender (Well I guess you can change the last one now because people have lost their fucking minds). Harvard University has also come under fire for proven discrimination against Asian students during the admissions process. I include this because a lot of people think that this is just unfair to white people and that’s why I’m so angry about it, but there’s another example of just how absurd and unfair this stuff is. It should be, “May the best man win”, and fuck choosing who wins based on what boxes they checked on their application.
Before anybody even says it, I’m not using affirmative action as an excuse for my difficult job search. I’ve been having trouble getting a new job mostly because I’m an idiot, but the job search itself is what made me think about this issue because literally every application has questions like race, gender etc. and I think it’s a backwards way of thinking. It separates us into groups again where some receive preferential treatment over others, which needs to be left in the past because it is exactly what the Civil Rights Movement sought to end. That’s why I personally think we should do away with asking questions like “What’s your race?” and “What’s your gender?” altogether on job applications. All that should matter is your credentials, and the best applicants should get the job. If that means more men get the job than women, so be it. If that means more asians get the job than whites, so be it. If you have to force diversity, it isn’t really diversity, and diversity should never supersede skill level and who truly deserves the job. Discrimination isn’t magically okay just because you rename and rebrand it as something else, so fuck affirmative action. The only affirmative action I agree with is for veterans. If you had bullets whizzing by your head you can hop to the front of the line when you get back, but that’s it. Actually, I like this affirmative action too
PS: While I was filling out applications, I kept contemplating saying I was a Native American transgender woman in the spirit of 2019. Who are they to say that I’m not? Apparently you can just identify as whatever now, and if anybody disagrees, I can sue them. It 100% would have increased my odds of getting a job. Win win, but I pussed out and decided to be honest and admit I’m just another boring white guy.