June 20, 2008

Consulting 101

If you haven't read Tim Wise in the Mid Ocean interview today you should, if only to realise how uninformed he is.

The statement below should clarify just how inapplicable this guy's theories are to Bermuda:

"But the reality is the white people who aren't rich - is their mortgage in the hands of a black banker. Is their job in the hands of a black employer. Is their child's education in the hands of a black teacher."

Yes. Yes. And yes in many cases.

He gives himself a little wiggle room as an escape hatch, but it's all for naught wrapped up in consultant-speak:

"If so, then at least theoretically they could have a point although we'd still have to excavate the practicality."

Excavate the practicality? Huh? Consultant mumbo-jumbo. Perhaps we need to find some 'synergies' so that we can determine his 'value added' 'going forward'.

If he wasn't being thrust to the fore as the authoritative voice on race by the political spin doctors and Bermuda's equivalents of Lenin's soviet sympathisers - rather harshly termed his "Useful Idiots" (those who are lapping the Big Con up) - it would serve as an entertaining diversion.

Larry Burchall in the Bermuda Sun today calls him a 'snake oil salesman'. That's a little harsh; he's simply a businessman. One literally in the business of race.

He knows who his audience is and has carved a nice living off this issue.

Anyone with a clue about Bermuda knows that probably over half of Bermuda's mortgages are held with a 'black banker', namely Phillip Butterfield, CEO of the Bank of Bermuda and the brother of the Premier (a scenario that is eerily similar to the old Front St. oligarchy with Bank CEOs with close ties to the political leadership).

Someone might also like to inform him that all Bermudian children - regardless of race - have been, and will continue to be, educated by black teachers, despite his prejudicial and uninformed statement to the contrary about how many white parents will have their children educated by black teachers.

I'd say all at some point in their lives.

Same goes for black employers and business owners with white employees.


Maybe in America he can make these arguments, but not here. He's clearly clueless here (hence why he was hired: easily manipulated to the political agenda).

Wise applies his US-centric view, where blacks are a demographic minority (~12%), to Bermuda where they are in fact a majority (~ 70%). Of course they could practice racial discrimination if they so desired.

That's not a controversial statement. It's a fact.

He is an American who was intentionally selected because his angle meshes well with a political agenda and he'll happily give his stump speeches to a new audience. He's been imported to peddle those inapplicable arguments here at probably pretty good rates.

This is the same North American view that Ewart Brown experienced living outside of Bermuda and is his context when talking about Bermuda (Back to the plantation talk for example), so it plays right into his hand.

Whether discrimination does occur in fact is an entirely different argument; but it's not helpful for this so-called expert to be given a pedestal to peddle his product in a place he clearly knows so little about.

This is a business for him, and Consulting 101 tells you to maximise your profit margins by reusing your work. So from that perspective I'm not surprised.

I'd suggest he spend more time listening and less time talking about a place and a history he clearly knows little to nothing about.

Posted by Christian S. Dunleavy