Monday, June 16, 2008
This is part six of a continuing series, background here. Previous drawings can be found from yesterday's item here. This appears in the classroom and office building stairwell nearest my office, and has been left up for months.
I am not interested, for those who have asked, in having this display taken down. It's not my job to decide what the university wants to present to students, staff and visitors (read: parents and incoming freshmen visiting campus for orientation). I would rather have this material out there for people to see, as it is my opinion that this is what the campus views as part of its function.
In this picture the white privilege is a presumably white person getting served at a hospital before a person of color. I'm pretty sure I've seen this happen at hospital emergency rooms, even to me. Is it racism, or rudeness, or triage? This reminds me of a story in Paul Heyne's The Economic Way of Thinking when discussing non-price rationing. When price doesn't ration scarce goods, discrimination is possible. But there are many other non-price rationing mechanisms.