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From: [Name Withheld]
Re: Edwin S. Rubenstein`s Column: "The Stupid American? Look Again"
Mr. Rubenstein`s work is refreshing in its intelligence and candor.
As a native-born, white American, I`ve experienced anti-white, anti-American bias in the workplace.
On Wall Street, I worked in derivatives and IT areas, and on several occasions, Indian nationals (who are aggressively recruited into quant/tech departments) openly doubted my skills.
On the first occasion, I scored within the top three of twenty students on a derivatives finance exam. A British instructor graded my exam and the Indian, so convinced I was stupid, did not believe the score and demanded the chance to grade it himself. He finally agreed I had earned the score.
On another occasion, Chinese and Indian national computer programmers, who had made mathematical mistakes in their code, did not believe my QA corrections at first, but I was later proven correct.
I was a minority in the latter setting, even though it was an American office. I was terminated two weeks before my 401k vested. When one sympathetic manager observed the hostile way I was treated by another manager, he said flatly, "But it`s not as if you can claim discrimination."
After my termination, I was unable to even get an interview, let alone a consulting contract. I recently had my resume on Monster.com and did not receive a single inquiry.
Yet I have an MBA/MA from The Lauder Institute which Time magazine once said that each class comprised the 50 most elite MBAs in the country), learned complex derivatives inside-out, added IT skills on top of that, and speak fluent Mandarin.
Three years ago, I earned almost $200,000. This year I earned $24,000 gross.
To say this is not fair is to understate the point.