culture

"Minorities strongly encouraged to apply..."

What are employers attempting to say when they tack the phrase “women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply” onto the end of a job posting? Are they strongly encouraging those who are actually of the minority in terms of bi/multi-racial folks, latino/a, gays or lesbians, persons with disabilities etc.? I'll wager to guess that they are typically speaking directly to women of color. If so, are employers encouraging women of color to apply because they value diversity in the true sense of the word, or because they need a woman of color to fulfill their quota? To me, this statement reads as a covert way to meet a quota. I view it as a hollow and ineffectual attempt to put a sticker over the actual issue at hand - white privilege and minority oppression. It's a statement that may actually be preventing attracting the diverse work force it apparently desires by implemented strategies specifically designed to attract people of color.

Others I've spoken with felt it to be a reflection of the company's attempt to weed those out who may be uncomfortable in a diverse environments as the statement serves to reflect the current culture of the company. I'm curious what others think when they read this statement - especially curious about what white males think when they read this?

Langston Hughes African American Film Festival

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CLOSURE will screen tomorrow, April 18th at 4pm in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Tickets ($10) are available at the door, or online.

In the pacific northwest, in general, people are pretty open minded. However, we are not known for being very culturally diverse. CLOSURE was chosen to be in the Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival with the looming question; Can the Caucasian husband of a trans-racial adoptee film and direct an unbiased documentary about domestic adoptions?

We hope that this film will stimulate conversation and perhaps foster change within the African-American community. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

Are we hard-wired to desire biological children?

If you're considering adoption in conjunction with having biological children, then you may encounter the statement, "your child is so lucky to have gotten your great genes!" This statement has the potential to leave the adopted child in the lurch. Consider how the adoptee may feel at that moment... I grew up with seven other siblings (six of whom were adopted), thus only one out of my seven siblings was privy to receiving these genetic comparison comments. This sibling routinely heard, "you've got those striking blue eyes just like your dads!" My origin-less brown eyes watched this scene play out time and time again over the years. I began to wonder why people's go-to comments when making small talk is generally related to physical appearance and comparing that to the biological parents. When meeting newborn babies, the run of the mill conversation usually settles around physical appearance and which parent the child resembles more. Is this a simple culturally polite conversation starter, or something more?

Ang and Sandy
Ang and Sandy

It wasn't until I searched for (and found) my biological family at the age of 26 that I began hearing these social niceties for the first time. I'll admit, the fact that my birth father and I resemble each other so closely, does hold a special place in my heart and I'm not sure why. Even though my birth father and I don't know each other very well, I do feel an extra flutter of connectedness when people look at our picture and comment "you and your birth-dad have the same smile!" This makes me wonder, do I feel this way because I've waited for 26 years to hear this, or is this a comment that we are all hard-wired to hear and enjoy?

In the same way that humans may be genetically predisposed to show empathy, to tend towards social altruism, or have an inborn belief in a higher spiritual being, are we also hard wired to desire biological children?