Volume 93, Issue 22

Wednesday, October 6, 1999


Equal rights regardless of race or sex

Reputation shouldn't alter action

Charity a run away success

King's misses family love

Crossing the wordsmiths

A Home-comedy of errors

Equal rights regardless of race or sex

Re:"Clubs week lacks colour" Sept. 23

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to three letters that have appeared in The Gazette in the past week regarding clubs week.

I must say that I agree with Jeff Sewell's observations in his letter on Sept. 23. He is more than correct in stating that a "white male" club would not be condoned by the USC.

With all of the other clubs that do exist why shouldn't there be one? Because it is not politically correct, that's why. There are many clubs for specific ethnic groups and there are clubs for only women but yet, there are no clubs that are specifically for males, or those of us with the multiple ethnicity's that make up the white race.

Personally, I do not feel that this is right. Not because I believe that there should be a club for "white people" and not because I feel that there should be a "man club" (as a woman, this really wouldn't affect me much).

I feel this is wrong because I believe that there should be equal opportunity for all students to participate in all clubs. Part of our student fees go to support clubs, so is it right that they support clubs that not everyone can be a part of? I think not. I don't feel that it's right for the USC to sponsor clubs that are not open to everyone.

So in reality, I don't believe that any club that excludes someone because of their race or sex should be funded by us, the students. There are plenty of clubs that people of any race or sex could join without the need for ethnically specific ones. We all come to university to better ourselves as people and prepare us for our futures.

In an ideal world all ethnic groups could co-operate and be peaceful towards one another. Unfortunately this is not the case in the "real world." If university is to prepare us for the "real world" then why not stop the segregation of ethnic groups in clubs and try to create clubs that appeal to multiple ethnicitys?

This would prepare us much more for the future because groups would learn to co-operate now and let us celebrate each others differences and possibly make the world a more peaceful place when we are running it.

As for the letters of Helen Luu and Katrina Rudmin on Sept. 28, I must say that it is not fair to hold young white males responsible for the fact that historically it has been the white males who have had all the power in society. It is not fair that this has happened and not fair that women and people of other ethnic backgrounds have had to fight for all they have now.

There is no reason at all that someone should be hired on the basis of their background, the fact that they are a woman, or not hired because they are a white male. People should be hired on their merits, not to fill quotas. Men certainly should not be paid more to do the same job as a woman but the reality is they are.

This has been changing and will continue to change in the future if we quit whining and help to change it. I don't agree with Mr. Sewell calling it reverse discrimination or reverse sexism. It is racism and it is sexism. White people, whatever background they are, are a race and can just as easily be oppressed. Sexism can go both ways.

Is sexism against a man okay just because women have been discriminated against for years? No. It's not alright against anyone, male or female. Everyone should have an equal chance at everything and not try to take opportunities away from an innocent person who has had nothing to do with the fact that historically and even to some extent at present, white males have held and hold, the majority of powerful positions in society.

Kate Kristoff
Honours Biology III

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