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May 30, 2008

Είσαι σίγουρος πως θέλεις να προχωρήσουμε μ’ αυτό τον Πύργο της Βαβέλ;
Ξέρεις… θα μπορούσε να οδηγήσει σε πολυπολιτισμό…

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Οι καναλάρχες, και ιδιαίτερα εκείνοι του Μεγκάλου Καναλιού, έχουν βάλει λυτούς και δεμένους σεναριογράφους να γράφουν πολυπολιτισμικά σενάρια για τις κωμικές τους σειρές. Στο επεισόδιο της Πέμπτης, ένα ακόμα τρανταχτό παράδειγμα. Η μητέρα, ανησυχεί πως ο γιός της είναι τοιούτος, και αποφασίζει να τον κάνει να αλλάξει γνώμη.
Προσλαμβάνει λοιπόν μία ρωσίδα λαθρομετανάστρια η οποία εκβιάζεται από κάποιον προαγωγό, και αναλαμβάνει εκείνη το ρόλο του εκβιαστή στη θέση του προαγωγού, αναγκάζοντάς την να κάνει μια δουλειά για κείνη. Να κάνει τον γιό της άντρα.
Αρχίζει λοιπόν η ημίγυμνη ρωσίδα να ρίχνεται στον νεαρό, πάντα κάτω από το άγρυπνο βλέμμα της μαμάς, που σαν καλή προαγωγός, και αφού είναι για καλό σκοπό, της υπόσχεται την ελευθερία της αν τα καταφέρει, αλλιώς δεν πρόκειται ποτέ να ξαναδεί το διαβατήριό της.
Ο γιός προβάλει κάποιες αντιστάσεις στις διαχύσεις της υπάκουης αλλοδαπής υπαλλήλου.
Ενώ ο γιός παραμένει απόρθητο φρούριο ηθικής, η ρωσίδα παίρνει την μαμά στον τόπο της εργασίας της, ένα στριπτιζάδικο, όπου παρακολουθούμε κανονικά το στριπτίζ και μάλιστα σε μια σκηνή με lap dancing η κοπέλα αφαιρεί το κάτω μέρος από το μπικίνι της, και πηγαίνουμε γρήγορα στην επόμενη σκηνή.
Η μητέρα, αρχίζει να αισθάνεται άνετα στο στριπτιζάδικο, και ανακοινώνει στις φίλες της ρωσίδας πως θα τις καλοπαντρέψει.
Τελικά η ρωσίδα πάνω στον οίστρο της κάνει ένα αθώο λαθάκι και κοιμάται με κάποιον άλλο που την είχε βάλει στο μάτι, και η μαμά τους πιάνει σχεδόν στα πράσα.
Στο τέλος, λύνεται το μυστήριο, δηλαδή η παρεξήγηση, και “ανακουφιζόμαστε” να μάθουμε πως αυτό που έκρυβε ο νεαρός δεν είναι μια ομοφυλοφιλική σχέση, αλλά ο μυστικός του γάμος με μία αφρικάνα, και το μικρό αγοράκι που έχει μαζί της.
Τέλος καλό όλα καλά.

Ανακεφαλαιώνοντας, έχουμε: πανηγυρική αποδοχή της σωματεμπορίας, ευχολόγιο για όλες τις αλλοδαπές πόρνες να καλοπαντρευτούν, αδιάκριτη παρουσία της μητέρας σε προσωπικές στιγμές του γιού της, ανακήρυξη του στριπτιζάδικου-κονσομανσιόν σε ένα υγιές και ευαγές ίδρυμα διασκέδασης για όλη την οικογένεια, και όχι σαν ένα μέρος στυγνής και απάνθρωπης εκμετάλλευσης γυναικών, με την απαραίτητη παρουσίαση γυμνού lap dancing σαν το πιο φυσικό πράγμα στον κόσμο, θαρρείς και δεν μπορούσαν να κόψουν την σκηνή του ξεβρακώματος γιατί θα αφαιρούσε την φυσικότητα από το γύρισμα, και τέλος και πιο σημαντικά, ο σκοπός του γυρίσματος του επεισοδίου, το αγκάλιασμα και η ενθάρρυνση του γάμου και της τεκνοποίησης με αλλοδαπές.

Και φυσικά, τίποτε από όλα αυτά δεν είναι λάθος. Οι τηλεθεατές βοηθούνται σε αυτή την περίπτωση. Και αν κάποια μέρα ανακαλύψουν πως ο γιός τους ή η κόρη τους αγαπά έναν πρώην κάτοικο Αφρικής, να μην φρίξουν και αντιδράσουν, αλλά να καταλάβουν πως είναι το πιο φυσικό πράγμα στον κόσμο. “As seen on TV”, που λένε και οι φίλοι μας οι Αμερικανοί. Και κάτι παραπάνω ξέρουν εκείνοι.
Τα μέσα ενημέρωσης επιτελούν ένα σοβαρό έργο, και έχουν υποχρέωση να βοηθήσουν τον λαό να δεχτεί με άνετο και όμορφο τρόπο τις δραστικές αλλαγές που συντελούνται, και να σταματήσουν να είναι ρατσιστές και ξενόφοβοι, να ξεπεράσουν τις αγκυλώσεις του παρελθόντος, να αγκαλιάσουν τις μαζικές μεταρρυθμίσεις, και να καταλάβουν πως υπάρχουν περισσότεροι άντρες από γυναίκες σε αυτή την χώρα, και επίσης πολλές απελπισμένες αλλοδαπές γυναίκες που θα είναι τρισευτυχισμένες με τον πρώτο Έλληνα που θα τις εξασφαλίσει ένα καλύτερο μέλλον. Περίπου ένα εκατομμύριο νύφες αναζητούν αυτό το καλύτερο μέλλον. Ποιά πεθερά θα σταθεί εμπόδιο στον δρόμο τους, ιδιαίτερα όταν τα περισσότερα αγόρια που τολμούν και ερωτεύονται αλλοδαπές, είναι και κάποιας ηλικίας, και οικονομικά ανεξάρτητοι.
Ζήτω η πορνεία λοιπόν, η νόμιμη, η παράνομη, η “γαμήλια”, η εξωσυζυγική, η εγχώρια και η εισαγόμενη. Πολυπολιτισμός να είναι, κι ό,τι νάναι. Άντε λοιπόν, να συντομεύουμε, γιατί έχουμε δρόμο μπροστά μας για να μοιάσουμε επιτέλους στη Νέα Υόρκη, και κάποιοι αρχίζουν να ανησυχούνε μαζί μας.
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Affirmative action

Introduction to Affirmative Action ( Το μέλλον της Ελλάδος )

The term affirmative action describes policies aimed at a historically socio-politically non-dominant group (typically, minority men or women of all races) intended to promote access to education or employment. Motivation for affirmative action is a desire to redress the effects of past and current discrimination that is regarded as unfair.[who?] It also serves to encourage public institutions such as universities, hospitals and policeforces to be more representative of the population[1].

This is commonly achieved through targeted recruitment programs aimed at applicants from socio-politically disadvantaged groups. In some cases affirmative action involves giving preferential treatment to these groups.[2] Opponents of affirmative action policies argue that they are based on collectivism and merely another equal form of discrimination because they can result in qualified applicants being denied entry to higher education or employment because they belong to a particular social group (usually the historically socio-politically dominant group; typically majority races and men, regardless of social standing or financial need.) They also argue that preferential treatment should be based upon current social and economical standing, not that of one’s ancestors. Some opponents say that affirmative action devalues the accomplishments of people who are chosen because of the social group they belong to rather than their qualifications.

Opponents

Opponents of affirmative action call it reverse discrimination because affirmative action requires the very discrimination it is seeking to eliminate in order to work. This contradiction makes affirmative action counter-productive. It promotes prejudice by increasing resentment toward those who are the beneficiaries of affirmative action from those who have been adversely affected by the policy (such as poor white). (Read Thomas Sowell’s Affirmative Action Around The World and Basic and Applied Economics) It also causes unprepared applicants to be accepted in highly demanding educational institutions or jobs which result in eventual failure. (See, for example, Richard Sander’s study of affirmative action in Law School and bar exam). Lastly, by lowering the bar, it denies those who strive for excellence on their own merit the sense of real achievement. (See, for example, Clarence Thomas’ “My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir”.) Some argue that affirmative action itself has some merit when it is targeted to true cause of social deprivation such as poverty while race, ethnicity or gender based affirmative action is misguided.[3]

Some opponents claim that affirmative action is not necessary when looking at how past groups that suffered from extensive oppression like Asian, Jewish, Arab, Irish, Eastern European and Southern European Americans, all of whom are groups of people that were also discriminated against within society in the past and never received any benefits from an affirmative action system and have (they claim) done perfectly fine if not better than average in American society today. A study has noted that on some campuses, such as the University of California, Berkeley where affirmative action was abolished by Proposition 209, Asian American students, who already face discrimination on college campuses, would be the predominant victims of a return to race-conscious admissions.[4]. Efforts to repeal Proposition 209 and limit the number of Asians on campus resemble the anti-semitic Numerus Clauses once utilized by colleges and universities to reduce the number of Jews.

Additionally, it is argued that affirmative action sometimes represses the qualified in favor of the not-so-qualified.[citation needed] This can result in a loss for a nation not working at its full capacity and can result in undesired effects previously felt by those who were discriminated against. For example, one may be very qualified for a certain job, but may be turned down in favor of a person who is less qualified but is targeted for affirmative action in that certain job. If occurring on a grand scale, the country will lose speed in its advances. Each of those individuals turned down will be repressed and their example might dampen the spirits of those like them, just as it had done to past social groups.[original research?]

Notable opponents include Ward Connerly of the American Civil Rights Institute, who has promoted and won a series of ballot initiatives in the states of California (California Proposition 209 (1996)), Washington (1998 – I-200), and Michigan (the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative – MCRI, or Proposal 2, 2006). California’s initiative was co-authored by academics Tom Wood and Glynn Custred in the mid-1990s and was taken up by Connerly after he was appointed in 1994 by Governor Pete Wilson to the University of California Board of Regents. Each of the ballot initiatives have won, and Connerly plans what he calls a “Super-Tuesday” of five additional states in 2008.

Notable academicians such as Professor Carl Cohen of the University of Michigan, who was a supporter of Michigan’s Proposal 2, has argued that the term “affirmative action” should be defined differently than “race preference,” and that while socio-economically based or anti-discrimination types of affirmative action are permissible, those that give preference to individuals solely based on their race or gender should not be permitted. Cohen also helped find evidence in 1996 through the Freedom of Information Act that lead to the cases filed by Jennifer Gratz and Barbara Grutter against the University of Michigan for its undergraduate and law admissions policy – cases which were decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 23, 2003.

Περισσότερα:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affirmative_action

Multicultural Marketing – Not as Complicated as You Think
Βy the Gonzales Group

May 29, 2008-In the past, the process for reaching multicultural consumers was often limited to one dimensional effort such as the literal translations of general market campaigns.

Today organizations are developing new products designed specifically to meet the needs of this new America.

Companies are creating separate multicultural departments, allocating marketing budget by segment, and more importantly, setting measurable goals for each segment.

If you do undertake any type of multicultural initiative be it Hispanic or Asian, partner with the experts. Don’t try and go it alone. When planning a multicultural campaign, identify the appropriate resources and consider hiring an agency. You’re dealing with a high context culture that places a lot of emphasis on being “in” a relationship rather than being a part of it.

Do your research. It may cost you a little upfront, but it is critical to your success. Carefully study the customer and their relationship with your products or services. Don’t assume that everyone that speaks Spanish is Mexican and everyone that is Asian is Chinese. Understanding the cultural nuances of the customer is very important.

Exercise cultural connectivity. Cultural connectivity is the ability to reach a customer through their cultural context. Every country has culture connectors. In the U.S., cultural connectors can include emotions stirred when hearing the Star Spangled Banner or celebrating Thanksgiving with family. Cultural connectors such as these reinforce our values, community spirit, religion, and other societal principles.

These cultural connectors are much more profound in the multicultural community and successful real estate and financial services professionals consider these factors when dealing with the multicultural consumer. Consider how you would feel if someone insisted you come to sign closing documents on Sunday morning, a day traditionally set aside for religious and family activities for many Americans.

Perception is reality. How a community sees a company is how an individual will see the company. This basic concept is critically important when interacting with the multicultural customer. Many successful companies launch cause-related PR strategies that put the ethnic community at the center of its communications. For example, participating in a literacy walk to raise funds for the Hispanic community schools. Being active in the multicultural community and not appearing as if you are there to just make a buck is the best form of advertisement you can have.

Don’t forget to play fair. It is easy to discount someone that appears to be a challenged home buyer or that doesn’t fit the traditional home buyer profile. We are oftentimes conditioned to accept these slanted multicultural profiles as gospel and that servicing this client may mean spending more time on homebuyers that you prefer go somewhere else. In your rush to get to the next transaction, you may inadvertently be violating the law. More importantly you may be missing out on a very lucrative new client and client base that would more than likely remain very loyal to you and your company for years to come.

Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents of legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability).

We experience diversity in every facet of our life. Today more than ever we realize that our country’s diversity is a blessing that many nations throughout the world are striving to achieve. Fair Housing helps us insure that we enjoy a diverse United States that we are all proud to call home.

The Bottom Line

By creating a new balance sheet, you can help your organization measure the contributions of a multicultural/diversity initiative. By putting multicultural measures into a larger context and linking it to new measures of intangible assets, you can break out of the “soft” diversity silo to show that diversity is a value-creating process for your business.

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