University of North Georgia. College course catalogue. Illustration inside said catalogue.

University of North Georgia continuing education catalog

Interesting choice, especially with the caption.



  1. Blanche Quizno says

    “It’s for sure a white man’s world in America.” – Louise, from ‘Being There’, Peter Sellers’ next to last movie.

  2. brucegee1962 says

    I’d really love to have a count as to how many people saw that picture before it went into the catalog, and didn’t feel they should say anything.

    Considering most colleges spend money to recruit talented minorities — then something like this comes along.

    The same thing is happening right now at UVA. But this one is a self-inflicted wound.

  3. mordred says

    What are you complaining about? There’s a woman AND a non-white guy in the picture. Doesn’t that send speak of diversity and tollerance?

    That was my sarcastic voice.

    Seriously, even as a white male this picture would put me off of!

  4. nichrome says

    Actually, this is a pretty good illustration of White Male Privilege – The 2 white men are casually strolling across the finish line in first & second place. The woman and person of colour are running like hell to catch up, but can’t quite get there. Not shown: commentators tut-tutting that if the woman and person of colour had just tried harder, they could have won.

  5. themadtapper says

    The funny/sad thing is, the person who put the picture together probably isn’t an outright misogynist or racist, and might even as mordred sarcastically jabbed thought they were doing good by adding diversity to the picture. But that’s one of the insidious things about privilege. You don’t realize it’s there or that you have it until you actually reflect on it. It’s not like active misogyny and racism, where there is a genuine animosity toward the target. It’s just something that’s ever-present in the privileged’s life; something that’s always been there, and so blends in and skews how everything looks. The white males aren’t necessarily in the lead because the designer felt white males are better, it’s just that white males in the lead is the norm and is the first image that comes to mind. It takes a conscious effort to notice privilege, and a certain strength of character to admit it’s there and recognize the impact it has on others.

  6. iknklast says

    What they don’t show in the picture is that the white men started ten feet from the tape, and the other two had been running miles to get there.

  7. david says

    Is this an actual photo? Imagine the directions the photographer is giving to the models: “Black guy, get a little further back and take off your coat – don’t look so professional.” I hope this was photoshopped.

  8. Trebuchet says

    It’s a stock image, a Google search finds it used all over the place. Still a strikingly poor choice for a university, or for anyone.

  9. iknklast says

    Thanks for the link, Dave. If you look at those photos, none of them show a woman finishing first. Men are clearly the leaders, at least in the worldview of whoever made these photos (whether consciously or unconsciously placing men always in the first spot).

  10. Dave Ricks says

    iknklast, I see your point. In my link to shutterstock, the other stock photos from other sources show white men leading, so the stock photos are data for sociology.

    The original photo in my link has intrigued me all day today. The staging seems political, but I can’t decide what side it’s on. The woman on the right left her lane to fight a man for third. I’ve read comment threads in computer technology where some anonymous commenters take that to be the definition of feminism today, believing a level playing field was achieved by feminism in the past, and feminism today is infighting orthogonal to shared goals.

    I don’t see feminism that way because I get a constant supply of data here. I’m just intrigued, I wish I knew which side the photographer was on, if the staging was supporting or satirizing the view I described here.

  11. Phillip Hallam-Baker says

    We don’t know how many photographs were originally taken. The black guy finishes first in one of the others from the same set.

    The woman pushing the man out of the way to finish third, isn’t that rather odd? Clearly the photographer was thinking about other plot lines.

    I suspect the photographer was originally making the social observation that has been drawn since.

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