Discrimination Abound

Discrimination against people based on gender, race, national origin, social and economic status, etc. still exists. There is no question about it.

I just read the article English professor brings discrimination suit about my Facebook friend Wang Ping (Here is her personal website) filing a  suit against Macalester College in St. Paul for discrimination in the promotion process.

Wang is an English professor at Macalester College, teaching creative writing. I don’t know her personally, but was interested in meeting her, since we share some similar background and a common interest in writing. She agreed to meeting with me, but she was busy during the week or month I contacted her, and I never followed up and forgot about it (my bad!), So we have remained just Facebook friends.

Via Facebook, I learned about the lawsuit.

I applaud Wang’s courage to stand up for herself. With her action, she also set an example for others who have similar experience.

As you can read from her vita, Wang is an accomplished author and has made a name with her publications and awards in the literary world. I was surprised that someone with the success and status as Wang has was being discriminated. And it happened in an academic setting, where people should be more educated and open-minded and less discriminatory. I think Macalester should be happy to have her on board who brought recognition to the college.

Think about all the people in this country who have not achieved any success and status as Wang has. She will inspire them to stand up as well when facing discrimination in their lives.

In my own life, I have also felt discriminated at one time or another. In a way, I can identify with her mental anguish and emotional distress.

I want to wish her the best during this difficult process.