Subject: Stereotyping
From: Tom Murrell <trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 11:25:56 -0700 (PDT)

I don't think I'm having a particularly bad day or got up on the wrong side of
the bed, but there has been a recurring theme in a hiring thread that offends
me. Perhaps it is because I am ex-military, though that was long ago. But I
find the generic stereotyping of ex-military types, particularly those someone
may have hired as Technical Writers, as inflexible, patronizing, and unable to
write coherently as patently biased and personally offensive.

How would you like it if I said that all Liberal Arts Majors were air-headed
ditzes who obsess about type faces? That's a ridiculous claim to make, of
course. (I could have made worse stereotypical statements.)

If you, or your company, have hired people who didn't work out, don't blame
their background. If you need to assign blame, assigning to those who made the
hiring decision.

And, though it's not my list, I would ask, politely but pointedly, that you
knock it off with the stereotypes.

Thank You,

Tom Murrell
Lead Technical Writer
Alliance Data Systems
Columbus, Ohio
mailto:trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com
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