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Home > Blog > How Does This Happen in 2006?
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Thursday, May 11, 2006 9:20 AM
How Does This Happen in 2006?
Kevin Salwen on Culture

Buried inside my local paper ( Atlanta Journal-Constitution) today was a remarkable little item: A publicly traded energy company, Mirant, just emerged from bankruptcy and named its new board of directors. Nine white men. No women, no people of color. Not one.

When reporter Maria Saporta asked a Mirant spokeman about the all-white male board, he replied that one of the directors is legally blind. (You can't make this stuff up!) The company later circled back to say there would be no comment on the composition of the board.

How on earth does this tone deafness happen in this day and age?




5 comments

Romeo Bravo - 5/12/2006 12:35:52 AM
Umm, what if the board was made up of all black women (some of whom were legally blind?) Would that be OK? Or would it be OK to write a blog entry about how that was "tone deaf?" By the way, stop discriminating about people with "hearing disorders."
Mark Sicignano - 5/11/2006 7:38:32 PM
I mean 9 white "males" not "mails". :-) Sorry about that. Living la Vida Spellcheckless!
Mark Sicignano - 5/11/2006 7:35:35 PM
After coming out of bankruptcy, my first thought is that what really matters is that this new board has the experience/competency to direct the company properly (not like the previous board). Does a more diverse mix of gender and race guarantee competency? If so, then I'm all for it and agree that they should But if these 9 white mails are the "right ones for the job", then let them get to work.
Janet Auty-Carlisle - 5/11/2006 10:02:38 AM
If the public allows it to happen then it will happen. Until such time as things like this become issues nobody will care enough to create the changes. Great that you brought this up and it's great that the reporter thought to make this an issue. Doesn't sound like the board really cares though. Harold, enjoy your rally: brown shirt and all...just watch out for legally blind players on the golf course next time you play a round! Living la vida, not Harold, fearless, Jan
Harold - 5/11/2006 9:55:47 AM
Sorry Kev', can't hear you. I'm off golfing with my fellow middle-aged, white male counterparts. Just have to drive out of my gated community and head off to the club. Legally blind, left-handedness, being of Norwegian decent are all oft-overlooked and legitimate disabilities. Perhaps you're too prejudiced to see. Plus, when you have everyone "the same" things go much easier. Have you considered that? I've just picked up my freshly pressed brown shirt for tonight's rally. I'll let the board from Mirant know you're not happy when I see them there. Living La Vida Harold!

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