Thanks to a link from the Engineer, I have been looking into the fact that a LOT of these white top executives have and are lying about their resumes. This is just more of the blatant privilege that a lot of white people will deny even exist.
The reason this is privilege is because they were taken at their word without any scouring and searching that most minorities have to endure before qualifying for a job. These companies did no checking, no inquiring as to the legitimacy of these people’s resume claims.
With a little research, that maybe these companies SHOULD have done, I have found that this is a bigger problem than is being reported. And when it is being reported we see that it is being called things like “fudging on their resume” or “incorrectly advised.” This wording makes it sound cute, when it is anything but cute. These were out and out lies, blatant fraud.
We constantly wish to talk of the deviance of this or that minority and pretending as if cases and situations like these don’t exist. I actually doubt very seriously if a lot of prominent black, Latino or some other minority were to be busted lying and committing fraud in order to gain employment or promotions would be held up for the entire country to point the finger at.
The latest transgressor is the COO of Perma Fix named Larry McNamara. They will think of some form of appropriate actions other than firing because they feel that somehow he was still well qualified even without a college education. This is yet another revelation of white men being qualified over all those college educated minorities, just like Devah Pager’s study.
They are qualified even after displaying that they have very little honesty, integrity, moral value or trustworthiness that should be expected of anyone who is in a position of power. Why don’t we start weeding out these impostors and replace them with well qualified individuals who HAVE busted their tails to get that education, experience or other qualifications no matter their race, gender, creed or sexual orientation?
Here is just a small listing of these unqualified white men who have been hired over more qualified minorities and others:
Ronald Zarrella, Bausch & Lomb, CEO – falsely claimed an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
George O’Leary, ex-Notre Dame Football Coach – falsely claimed to have a master’s degree in education from New York University and to have played college football and earned three letters while doing so.
Marilee Jones, Admissions Dean for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – falsely claimed to be a “scientist with degrees in biology from Rennselaar Polytechnic Institute and the Albany Medical College,” and to have her doctorate.
Kenneth Lonchar, CFO of Veritas software – falsely claimed he earned an accounting degree from Arizona State University and was a Stanford MBA graduate.
Jeff Papows, CEO of Lotus Corporation – falsified his military record (he was a lieutenant not a captain), feigned his education (he doesn’t have a Ph.D. from Pepperdine University) and claimed he was an orphan (his parents are alive and well).
Dave Edmondson, CEO of RadioShack – falsified his résumé by claiming to have a degree in psychology from Pacific Coast Baptist College in California (though the school doesn’t offer a psychology program), along with a degree in theology from the same unaccredited college.
Bryan J. Mitchell, Chairmen of MCG Capital – falsely claimed that he was a graduate of Syracuse University.
And last but not least James J. Minder, Chairman of the Board of gun manufacturer, Smith & Wesson Corporation. But it was revealed that Minder had served some 15 years in prison in the 1950s and 60s for a series of armed robberies and an attempted escape.
And somehow this man is a better qualified candidate than the plethora of other people who kept their noses clean and actually did graduate from college. When we stop allowing “this” type of affirmative action to take place, then maybe we won’t need any other type of affirmative action.
But we know that this type of affirmative action is never quite as offensive as the false thinking of a black person sneaking into the old boys’ network while being totally unqualified. But we can always extend a break for those who lie their way to the top using privilege.