Wednesday, March 9, 2011

High Expectations and Deep Disappointment

I always thought and hoped that as more women and minorities would be elected to government, or rise to leading positions in the business world, society at large would benefit from the new perspectives these groups would bring with them to their positions of authority.

As time has passed, and minority representation has increased, a bitterly disappointing truth has made itself evident. Rather than honoring the disenfranchised roots of the groups that they came from, many of the new breed of leaders that are women or minorities have proven themselves to be clones and puppets of the rich white ruling class that I hoped they would supplant.

The list of examples is dishearteningly extensive. From Clarence Thomas to Barack Obama, and Sarah Palin to Meg Whitman, these and many, many others have, for the most part, imitated and continued the policies and methods of their predecessors.

You've come a long way, baby, but why did you really bother?

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