Ok, EICJoe can delete or ban me if he wants, but I can't let this post stand without comment. I know I won't convince anyone of anything but I need to levy an objection to this statement.The Zenobia Award further empowers the already empowered. Anyone who has contemporary experience in any educational, governmental, military or large-corporate institution knows that women, non-whites and LGBTs raft on a sea of privilege while men swim as best they can. It would all seem oh-so-modern if it didn't look so much like the final sinking scene in the movie 'Titanic'.
Comparing the child of a successful representative of a minority population to an average or below-average example of the majority population is a fallacy, pure and simple. The majority is not struggling to swim while every minority is given life boats. This is not the Titanic.
Instead, to try to tag along with your strained analogy, the majority is struggling to swim, but they at least were given swimming lessons. The minority never had swimming lessons and are literally drowning. Can some swim? Sure. They were the lucky ones with maybe some parents who happened to be successful. And you know what? Those are the ones that you see because they aren't sinking to the bottom. They might even be swimming right on by you because their parents were more successful than your parents. But if, instead, you're standing on a coast guard vessel with life preserves to distribute, who do you throw them to? The population struggling to swim, but for the most part keeping themselves afloat, or the population that is rapidly floundering? If you're doing your job right, I'd argue that you save the people sure to die before propping up the population likely to live.
Just because you individually may have been disenfranchised in the past doesn't mean that the population as a whole hasn't seen broad benefits from a host of other places you probably have never seen.