I get this movement. Black lives do matter. But why do others want them to matter now? Kinda late to the party don’t you think?
I can’t speak for everyone but I know in my heart I don’t want to be hired because I’m black. I can’t be the only one that thinks this. What’s in it for your company? So it makes you look good? You get some press out of it? Maybe you think more black people will work for you and that you’ll get more customers because you seem diversified. Not the case for me.
I want you to hire me because I fit the job description not the skin description. Togetherness is about going in the trenches with us and working to make us able to have our own Wall Street. So we can feed our families and our villages. I don’t want a handout. Or for me to give you clout. Do the right thing and hire someone else if that’s the case.
How about we be the interviewers? The CEOs. We be the leaders. That’s what we’re owed. If these people think that hiring black people is going to fix things it’s not. I’m just another lower level employee in your company. Are you going to feed me grapes while I lay down during my break? Yea, don’t think so. Hire me because you see me as someone that will be the future of the company. Not as just an associate or a cashier. But I need to be able to actually feed myself. Feed my family. I can’t do that with a regular position.
Putting myself in that position is the best I can get. Then hire me and my people along with some other “minorities”, so we can build from the ground up. No more waiting for the rich to send me a crumb. I’m grabbing the whole loaf and then some. You got me twisted if you think I’m gonna accept your job offer because it’s beneficial for the look of your business. We can create our own. We should create our own. No more waiting to get a bone thrown at us. We take the meat along with it.
It’s the least we can get for dealing with being abused for over 400 years. Nike is giving black people paid time off on Juneteenth. Great! It’s a start. But it shouldn’t be a final gesture. They got a lot of work to do.
Don’t throw a pity party during the interview to allow me in your work space. I should be qualified because of my hard work and potential. Not because you’ll be able to sleep at night knowing you helped a black man get a basic job. We are more than basic. We are the original race. We should be treated like it. From the top on down.
That’s my rant for today. I still like some of y’all white people but to those that want an easy out. It’s gonna be very difficult.