White guys win again. Was this college catalog cover a loser?

northgaA reader sent me a copy of the cover of the new University of North Georgia continuing education catalog asked with this question, “Are they crazy?”

It’s a valid question given the awkwardness of the image and its pairing with a headline that asks, “Why follow when you can lead?”

The illustration features two exultant white men — dressed like missionaries for some reason — well ahead of a woman in heels wearing what looks to be an ensemble from “Dynasty” and a black male in more casual attire who appears to be struggling to finish the race.

I thought the cover was a parody, a sort of Mad Men meets Peachtree Road Race. It’s not, although there are some mad men and women commenting on the cover on Facebook.

The cover is getting some national attention. (See Raw Story and now New York Magazine.)

The illustration has inspired some social media lampooning.

Among my favorites:

-If you look a bit further back, you’ll see the starting line for the winners was 20 yards ahead of the official starting line for everyone else.

-I guess the person with the physical disability is just plain way back of that pack.

-The two guys in front are SAE members running for the bus.

I asked the University of North Georgia about the cover. Here is what Kate Maine, Associate Vice President of University Relations, responded:

We are aware of the reaction to the image you noted. After looking into the issue, we determined that this is an isolated case of poor judgment, and was not intentional. However, the image was not representative of UNG’s commitment to diversity, and this will serve as an opportunity for increased dialogue about diversity issues and we expect that to better inform our processes and publications.

The image has been removed from the department’s website and social media pages, and the catalog will be reprinted before further distribution. Additionally, we have taken steps to provide for broader review of publications like this to ensure they fully meet institutional expectations and reflect our community and our values.

 

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THX-1138
THX-1138

Only shows how rampantly anti-White the media is.  They never complain about the opposite portrayals which have become the norm.  It is time Whites complain about always shown negatively in the media.

MickRussom
MickRussom

Oh great, the winners get to feed the losers via EBT cards, pay for the loser's kid's education while getting rooked at the bursar's office at the school for maximum tuition and bills and on top of it all being called a racist. 

atln8tiv
atln8tiv

I've grown weary of the overly-PC craze, but this isn't it. This image smacks of white, male privilege. If we Photoshopped a glass partition in front of the woman and a huge pothole in front of the black man, it would be a better representation of reality. That said, I don't think anyone looks like a missionary or Dynasty character. They all look pretty business professional to me.

Don't Work There!!
Don't Work There!!

Hopefully the person responsible didn't get fired for "discourtesy". Oh, wait, that's only what happens to liberal female Full Professors who don't toe the line.

Da_Coach
Da_Coach

It's simple why the two white guys were allowed to lead this race: the winner is a transgender woman and the other is a flaming homosexual. Diversity, you see.

itsasmallworld
itsasmallworld

It would have been a very effective ad if all the participants had  crossed the line at the same time, though we know in the "real world",  the ad is oh so accurate regardless of who was more talented or intelligent ! 

ZAZ
ZAZ

A black guy stumbling and a white female smiling just to not come in last.......this has to be a joke. How did UNG allow this to go to print? They must be a total mess in that organization.

Travis Bickle
Travis Bickle

Something tells me this would be a non issue if the white guys came in last.

EleanorEisenberg51
EleanorEisenberg51

Take another photo of the Black guy and the woman standing on the awards platform getting the medals...despite the fact that the White guys won the race...and you've got a good poster presentation for Affirmative Action.

popacorn
popacorn

Whatever, 99 times out of 100 the black guy wins the foot race. 

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@popacorn this is a symbolic race to a better future through education and that means the White guys win more often. Just the truth.

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@ZAZ @9014EAEO SO LIFE ain't FAIR. Crap Happens. Get the F over it.

yes White people are all racists and the poor black kids are not having enough money given to them for their education.

ZAZ
ZAZ

@9014EAEO @popacorn To date it might be factual, but mostly due to bias, discrimination, and racism.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@9014EAEO @ZAZ 

May you be reborn as a poor, intelligent woman (black, white, Latino, Asian), or a poor, intelligent minority male, or any of those with a disability--and see what the race is like.

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@OriginalProf My grandma(mom's) was raised in a NY orphanage. She move to the ATL because she was offered a home in the US's first public housing project(Techwood homes). My grandmother(dad's) moved in to the same Techwood homes project. They grew up and moved out. Dad's mom worked at FAO Schwartz @ Lenox Mall for 20+ years. Her children served in the Military, became Bank Owners and real estate Developers. 2 of the 4 are Multi Millionaires and 5 of the 9 grand kids are multi millionaires while the others are all business owners. Mom's Mom worked at a factory making the Brown Sugar Ice Cream Cones that you enjoyed much of your young life. Grandma shared a duplex with the mother of Davidson VP in her later years. Davidson's used to be a HUGE retailer in the ATL back in the days. Macy's is the name you would know it by these days My mom married well and attended GaState to get her degree. I am one of the business owners and I've do okay. I have 2 adopted sister that are doing very well too. DON'T talk Sh.T to ME about being a minority or how hard the struggle is. My family is a Book/Movie of the American Dream.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@9014EAEO @OriginalProf 

Congratulations.  Reading this, I'd say that the point where everything seemed to take off for your family was when your grandmother's children "served in the military," which is certainly an "equal opportunity employer."

MickRussom
MickRussom

@OriginalProf @9014EAEO @ZAZ Loser. Original idiot more like it. Smart driven people can make their own way in the world. You are the scum the filth the bottom feeding plantation owners selling the idea that something cant be done with your foul propaganda and your vile identity politics. To hell with you and your ilk, you foul vermin keep people on the plantation with your idiot drivel. 

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

If you get offended by this, then you're incredibly insecure. I'm curious Marueen, do you just look up stuff to get people talking? I mean, this is not even news worthy. 

gactzn2
gactzn2

At this time- in this space- unbelievable! Who looked at this photo finish and thought that it was acceptable?  Terrible! - shows how subliminal ingrained racism can be.

eulb
eulb

Looks like there's another runner's shadow on the right.  That person is probably grateful to have been cut out of the cover photo.

redweather
redweather

@eulb That is probably the Asian, or the cousin of one of the white dudes.

Quidocetdiscit
Quidocetdiscit

Okay,


I am just as tired as anyone of the current PC craze and the tendency for everyone and their pet gerbil to be looking for a reason to be outraged...


On the other hand, this so blatant I it could be an ad for "white, male privilege 101". 


So either, it was totally deliberate - which is a problem.


Or it was done in complete oblivion - which is even more of a problem as it suggests the person who chose the cover is so steeped in privilege that they either just "assumed" white men should always win the race, or simply did not even see a problem. 


Judging from the posts on here, it may well be they saw nothing wrong with having both the white men coming in at the front while the white woman lags behind, and the black man looks like he is about the drop from heat stroke.  


Had they exchanged even one of the white men with one of the others, then I could give it a pass. Heck, they could even have had one while male winning, and I could still be cool with it,


But as it is?


Houston, we have a problem!


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@Quidocetdiscit there are winners and losers so the ONLY way to make self hating white liberals/progressives happy is to show the Straight White Males losing. 

I did read your post i just asked if a tie would make all those crying happier?

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@9014EAEO @Quidocetdiscit 

We don't know they're straight,  and we don't know if they're white and/or Hispanic. (See Bu2 down a bit.) 


It's the unthinking implications of this picture that are kind of disturbing...especially for an institution of higher education that is supposed to know better. 

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@OriginalProf KNOW WHAT BETTER?

Maybe the photo showes the statistics of the students at NGU's graduation rates.

Quidocetdiscit
Quidocetdiscit

@9014EAEO @Quidocetdiscit


You asked it the photo was supposed to show a four way tie.  You said nothing about "if a tie would make all those crying happier."  Those were not your words.  


My words were, "Had they exchanged even one of the white men with one of the others, then I could give it a pass. Heck, they could even have had one while male winning, and I could still be cool with it,"  


Although you would probably consider me a "self hating white liberal/progressive" (you words), it is very clear I did not suggest there needed to be a tie; I even said one of the white men could win and I would be fine - Not sure how that qualifies as "crying".  

EMily M AdaMs
EMily M AdaMs

@Quidocetdiscit Perfectly stated! OR, the committee is representative of every type of diversity possible except the White male, and is so used to having the White male come in first all the time, looking freshly showered and not even out of breath, that it is subconsciously creeped its way onto the cover. All scenarios are sad. The humor is in the blatancy here, and it is FUNNY!!! Apparently the disabled Asian's wheelchair had rolled over a math book 20 yards back, popping a tire, making her miss the photo opportunity completely.

AhmirHaddad
AhmirHaddad

Lord, yes.  You can't go against the PC hierarchy.

Melinda Johnson
Melinda Johnson

I wonder if the UNG will address / change all the problematic pictures INSIDE the catalog-- namely the very gendered delineation between those leading meetings in all group pictures (men) and those asking questions (women).

The outside of the catalog was blatantly racist. However, the inside was just as atrocious!

The inside relayed the message that women cannot lead and need men to explain the simplest things to them (such as the pie chart in one picture). Oh, and she needs to be wearing 5-6" heels and SHORT tailored skirts to even think about participating in the race to success (the picture of a sexualized woman crouched down, ready to begin the race in said heels and skirt).

hssped
hssped

Some people have more time on their hands then they do sense.  Good grief. 

HallcoTeacher
HallcoTeacher

I understand a lot of posters have pre-established battle lines and by reflex, line up on opposite sides of every issue, but come on.


If you find yourself defending something that would be hilarious if it were on the Onion, what exactly wont you defend?


Build a little credibility for yourself and concede that this cover is just dumb and move on to the next blog.

bu2
bu2

@HallcoTeacher 


Obviously this was a mistake seeing how many people get bent out of shape about something trivial.


However people who get really upset really need to get a grip.  They might have a little credibility when there is something non-trivial.


The people doing it were trying to be inclusive, but didn't understand how hyper-sensitive some people are about anything connected to race or gender.


People are upset that the woman is running in heels but don't notice the first two finishers are running in suits and all the men are wearing ties?

HallcoTeacher
HallcoTeacher

@bu2 Maybe Jon Stewart can explain to you why this is so bad, because this WILL end up on the Daily Show.This is comedy gold.

Quidocetdiscit
Quidocetdiscit

@bu2 @HallcoTeacher


"The people doing it were trying to be inclusive..."


Which would make this even more problematic - if THAT is what they see as "inclusive" we still have a very real problem in this country.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

Some of you folks have an outdated picture of North Ga. U., which this catalog cover unfortunately reflects. Bad advertising.


In 2013, N. Ga. State College and U. merged with Gainesville State U. to become North Georgia University. If it once was a mostly male military college, it's now 56% female with only 800 (5%) ROTC cadets out of an enrollment of 15,000.  I couldn't find any racial/ethnic demographics.  Its website stresses DIVERSITY, DIVERSITY, DIVERSITY.


And why is the woman running in high heels? (Reminds me of Ginger Rogers, said to out-dance Fred Astaire because she danced in heels backwards.)

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Seems like it is a pretty accurate portrayal, at least here in Georgia.  Not ALL white men have an advantage, just as not ALL women or black folks come in second or third.  But, let's face it, power tends to replicate itself in terms of race and gender. 

Starik
Starik

What a horror. Now if it was an Asian, followed by a white guy, followed by a white woman, followed by a Hispanic male, followed by a black woman, followed by a black man, with a Native American bringing up the rear it would be even worse.

Nondescript Name
Nondescript Name

I have no doubts that at the AJC it is considered a problem if the white guy wins. But thanks for the concern.

ATLnative72
ATLnative72

I feel bad for the people who spend all their time obsessing about race and gender issues.  It sucks for poor white guys like me who were born just as much on the "outside" as any minority.  I'm not connected either, but I also can't get a break in the court of public opinion.  Oh well, it is what it is, time to get back to work.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@ATLnative72 

You too would obsess about it if you were a University administrator worried about falling student enrollments in an area of the state with high black/Latino demographics at a school that's more than half female.

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@OriginalProf that area has changed but to say there is a high rate of Blacks/Latinos going to college from that area is a HUGE stretch of the truth. 

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@9014EAEO @OriginalProf 

I see what you mean... but I note that this is a  catalog for "continuing education," designed for people long out of school and coming back.