Native corporation runs a racist job ad

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2005

For the longest time I could not figure out how Native corporations could use the term "Native preference applies" in their ads for hiring employees. Then Sunday I noticed Sealaska advertising for an employee and then added the following statement: "Preference in hiring will be given to qualified Sealaska shareholders, shareholder descendants and shareholder spouses."

How can any corporation in America discriminate against other races in their hiring practice and then to be so bold as to publicly make that same racial statement in the paper advertising for a position with preference to a certain race? This should be illegal, but I found out today from the mayor's office apparently Natives are allowed to somehow legally be racists when it come to hiring. That is very sad, as racism doesn't need the helping boost it's receiving.

What ever happened to the most qualified person should get the job and no one else? Discrimination, or reverse discrimination, should never be a factor in any hiring practices.

If I ran an ad for a job position and placed the following words: "White preference given to whites, descendants of whites and the spouses of whites," the whole world would jump in line to tar and feather me. I would defiantly be thrown into a small damp dungeon, branded a racist and a mean person for trying to do such a hateful and distasteful thing.

Then again let me wear a hat that has "White Pride" embroidered or printed on it, showing my love for my race, and again, I would be branded a racist.

What's with the double standards? You're either for race discrimination, or you're not. There is no gray area or room for opinion within that text. Or as Forrest Gump would probably say: "Racist is as racist does."

The Empire, the Native corporations and every person who read the ad, but said nothing in protest should be ashamed. By the way, if you're not mad, you're not paying attention.

Shane Wirtz

Juneau



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