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- Date: Tue, 13 Feb 1996 00:38:29 -0500
Christopher Wright wrote: >If you think you've seen discrimination, just wait 'til you're 51. Jim Warne replied: Just relax and enjoy it, Chris. I find the discrimination great. People are, at last, starting to treat me with respect when I meet them... at least until I start talking. I respond: That is cute, Mr. Warne! Good sense of humour (serious here!) Jim Warne continues: The grey hair gives an engineer an edge. At least the tradesmen on the job site don't seem to raise their fists as quickly, when I say to "do it over". I respond: Gosh! Maybe I should dye my hair grey? Then they would not call me "la rubia" but would respect me in the morning? Jim Warne continues: This seems to be one job where you don't have to panic if you're sacked at 51. Just buy a fax machine, set up a desk at home and get into the yellow pages. You'd be surprised who phones, asking for a beam to be designed ("I need to take out a wall, and the Building Inspector says I need an engineer to design the beam. How much will it cost?"). I respond: You would be surprised at how many clients hesitate to take on someone who is over forty, off-colour, or female. Sorry, I couldn't resist. I always enjoy your comments, Christopher. We don't have Affirmative Action here in Vancouver, but I sympathize with all of you. I've often wondered how you Californians define "black" or "hispanic"? And women - I guess we can define the target, but are they a "minority"? I respond: Well, Mr Thorne, as a woman born and raised and educated and trained in California, I guess I can answer all a these questions. "Black" is defined as people of colour who identify with, or are treated as, African Americans. "Hispanics" are people of Spanish ethnicity, sometimes with a little local Native American added. And, yeah, women are a minority, as long as they still comprise 6% of all PEs. Jim Warne concludes:Sorry, I couldn't resist. I always enjoy your comments, Christopher. ...
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