PHS/GSS 115 Journal #1
By: Val B Csontos September 3, 2011
I am a white male from Eastern Europe who is married to a black female from California. We have two wonderful children and we own a small business together. I am a veteran of the U.S. Air Force with over 12 years of active duty service. I am in this class because it is a requirement for a Degree in Business. It has been over a decade since I have written papers for other than business material, contracts, etc; so, please let me know how I could improve my writing.
Let me get right to my subject matter. I do not have any experience regarding the discrimination against minority and women scientists. However, based on our last class material, one could draw the conclusion that the discrimination and lack of opportunities that exist for the brightest minds in this country, is also reflected in the everyday person’s workplace. I do have some experience with the latter one.
I will elaborate on that in more detail. In the early eighties I lived in Connecticut for about six months. During that time I tried various odd jobs: stone cutting - a flying rock almost took my young life, house construction during a New England winter - I became so cold I almost flew off the roof. In those places most of the employees were either Eastern European Immigrants who did not speak any English like me, or they were African Americans from poor neighborhoods. After realizing that career wise, I was on the way to nowhere, I looked for employment at places where the co-workers would be mostly English-speaking (Americans), and they would hire me even though I did not speak a word in English.
The choice was obvious. I went to the local Mc Donald’s. My friend/roommate and I both got a job at one of their local restaurant that was minutes from our...