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Imagine for a minute that your city was seeking to fill a couple of spots on an advisory board. Imagine that in the ad announcing the positions are needing to be filled, the city singled out certain residents to apply. For instance, something like:

“Male-identifying individuals and white people encouraged to apply.”

Imagine a city — a governmental entity — went out of its way to “encourage” specific people to apply based on gender/sex or skin color.

What would that be called if it were aimed at “encouraging” white males to apply?

Racist? Sexist?

But what is it called when the ad specifically “encourages” female-identifying (sorry ladies who are actually identifying as males these days — you’re not quite high up enough on the diversity ladder for the City of West Des Moines to “encourage” you to apply)? What is it called when black, indigenous, people of color are encouraged to apply?

Just another help wanted ad I guess from the city of West Des Moines is what it is called.

Author: Jacob Hall