Monday, February 18, 2013
The Ovarian Lottery
"He won the lottery when he was born
took his mother's white breast to his tongue
Trained like dogs, color and smell
walks by me to get to him
He won the lottery by being born
big hand slapped a white male american
Do no wrong, so clean cut
dirty his hands, it comes right off
- from "WMA (White Male American)" by Pearl Jam, as featured on their album Vs.
Warren Buffett is often quoted as saying he won the Ovarian Lottery before he was born. He's right, and if you're anything like me, you did too. The chances of being born in the USA are roughly 50-to-1. The chances of being born "white" and in the USA: roughly 100-to-1. I have amazing parents, who are smart, generous and loving. They provided me with great genes, a solid though imperfect childhood, and 2 college degrees from American universities, widely regarded as some of the best in the world. I drive a German sports car and sleep in a king-sized bed in a heated home with unlimited fresh water available from taps inside the house anytime I want it. I eat better than I could ask for. My job consists of reading and talking on the telephone while sitting in a big leather chair. I won the lottery by being born.