There's a trend that I wrote about in my TMC blog at http://blog.tmcnet.com/monetizing-ip-communications/2008/08/ethnocentricity-de-tizes-ip-communcations.html.
You and I lose financial, professional, social and personal opportunities because of our prejudices. I get about 900 - 1000 emails per day that are not spam.
On average 10 per day have some racial, gender, geek vs marketing types, religious, ethnocentric slurs, or lifestyle prejudicial statements and judgements. I bite my nails, get angry, as I realize what is being lost because of...
I've seen quality people not get hired because they are Mexican, Muslim, Jewish, Atheist, female, Caucasian, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and so on. Whiskey tango foxtrot, Oscar?
I've seen Japanese vs Chinese, Europeans vs the rest of the world, Americans who will stick with Palin no matter what she is found guilty of, Pakistanis versus Indians, Saudis and Argentinians perceived as stuckup; geeks versus people who are not included among the geeks because of the way they speak, where they are from, their gender, their religion; men looking at women in technology as fluff and background, women believing it...
Or just any homogeneous group so tight-knit who keep talking about innovation and wondering why it is not happening. FACE IT. IT's YOU and ME who ARE GUILTY.
Carlos Mencia's verbal noises say it all, "Dee dee dee." Or to borrow from my favorite tech geek, my husband, "If you're not offended, you're not listening."