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View Diary: An Open Letter to Don Lemon From An Angry Black Man (184 comments)

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  •  No I'm not (8+ / 0-)

    No office person is going to walk around throwing the N word or come in with their pants sagging or get hired with tattoos on their face.

    What I'm saying that there are certain requirements that black people must meet that apply to no one else.

    Everyone who wants to be employable should be polite, neat, clean and qualified for the position they seek.   But black people, after meeting that baseline, have an additional hurdle to jump through.

    Only in recent years has pressure and lawsuits allowed natural hair to be more acceptable.  Hell, you couldn't even flip burgers with "nappy" hair a few years ago.

    And I'm sure you've heard of the field studies where identical resumes were presented, but the ones with "black" sounding names were rejected outright?

    •  if by field studies you mean (0+ / 0-)

      bloggers, then yes. I've seen those.

      if you have larger studies I woudl actually love to take a look at them.

      I'm not denying that there is racism or anything to that sense.

      but YES - every day people who swear, use the N word regularly and have face tattoos try to find jobs, get loans, etc. Working in TV for several years I covered dozens of mass job fairs, and there was always a % of people (white black, brown, everything in between) that thought they deserved a job even though they couldn't do the basics like shave, wear something other than flip flops, wear something other than a dirty t-shirt, answer a question with a complete thought, say a sentence without saying fuck or shit or man or insert your favorite stupid word here. Then after the fairs people would call us saying they were discriminated against because they were tall or black or hispanic or gay or redheaded. Guess what, they were the same people we talked to before who didn't think it was important to wear a tie or have a resume.

      Everyone who wants to be employable should be polite, neat, clean and qualified for the position they seek.
      That is what I'm talking about. You put it right out there.
      •  But my point is this (6+ / 0-)
        But black people, after meeting that baseline, have an additional hurdle to jump through.
        Not that people, "in general" should meet certain standards to be employable.  I never asserted any such thing.  Only that, again, black people seem to have this "extra criteria" that they have to meet in order to be seen as "professional".  

        That's why I said "professional" is often used as shorthand to mean "white".

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