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Edwin S. Rubenstein`s Column:
National Data: A Cold
February for White Workers
I read Rubenstein`s statistics on white unemployment
and frankly, as a 28-year- old
Asian, I`m not surprised.
I live in New York and grew up with a multiethnic
circle of friends consisting of
whites, Hispanics and Asians. As a post college
graduate, I know that the realities of
affirmative action and the broader goal of
diversity are more far reaching than any statistics
Frankly, the only people I know who have been
laid off in the past few years are white. Some white
friends who are computer programmers or engineers have
been unemployed for some time.
Most of the black and Hispanics from our group have
civil service jobs at various levels of government
which pay private sector salaries but offer public
sector benefits and stability.
Asian professional, I have my pick of job openings
when they become available. I have already landed
positions where there were an average of 200
applicants. I have started a business and bought real
Small Business Association and other minority
whites in our group have not fared as well. To be
honest, I feel for them.
I have three or four friends who have applied for
graduate programs who have at least
3.8 grade point averages. None of them have gained
Other white friends have applied for public sector
teaching jobs but again none have been called for
interviews except to undesirable school districts.
And, as an added advantage, I must say that Asian`s
economic success and elevated status have improved our
In high school, most
interracial couples were usually white men with
Asian women. But now that the economic marketplace
subordinates whites, every Asian I know now has a trophy
white girlfriend. It is interesting to observe the
link between economics and romance.
It looks like if you`re white and don`t have old
good connections, life is pretty tough.