I pulled into McDonald’s drive-thru a couple of weeks ago and ordered a
couple of McDoubles and a senior coffee. The black woman taking my
order asked me if I wanted her to soak her feet in my coffee. Or, at least
that’s what it sounded like. After three attempts at trying to understand her,
I canceled my order and went somewhere else.
Several years ago, black educators acknowledged that many in the black
communities have their own cultural language with it’s own words, word
meanings, and pronunciations. They termed it Ebonics, and suggested
that Ebonics should be incorporated into the school curriculims around
the country so that other ethnicities could understand their language. That
idea didn’t fly too well, and the suggestion faded away.
Which is the point I want to make here, and how it affects discrimination.
I was watching a Fox News panel not long ago, and they were discussing
unemployment. The single black member of the discussion was quick to
point out that unemployment is much higher in the black community, and
that racial discrimination still exists.
If I were Elvis, I’d have shot the tv, I was so angry. I wanted to shout to
him “Man, pull your head out of your butt and look at the cold reality
of why so many in the black community are unemployed….it’s not because
of the color of their skin, but because they simply are unemployable.” You
can’t hire someone that lacks the skills and training for the position they’re
applying for. And you certainly can’t hire someone – or promote someone-
who lacks simple language and communication skills.
Will Smith, the actor, is quoted as saying ” there is no racism in Hollywood…..
if you make them money, they don’t care what color you are.” The same is
true of the business world. Companies are in business to make money,
and if you can’t come into the company and contribute to the collective
effort towards that goal, they don’t need you. It’s that simple.
One final point: all the well know black leaders in America, excluding sports
figures, have one thing in common……they speak clearly and make good use
of the English language. That’s something that should be noted by aspiring
job applicants of all races and ethnicities.
Now I axe you, ain’t dis the truff?