- October 4, 1999 at 12:00 am #2825
Why is it that when an African American is asked to do something by a Caucasian, they think it is because they are African American? I spent 20 years in the military and got the response “You only told me to do it because I’m black” so many times I can’t count it. Such people never stopped to think it was because they were lower-ranking (military-wise) than others. It seems to be that this happens a lot in the civilian world, too, as in “Why didn’t I get that job/promotion?” Couldn’t it be that you didn’t have the skills or senority?
User Detail :Name : JW, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Lesbian, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Agnostic, Age : 38, City : Virginia Beach, State : VA Country : United States, Occupation : Retired, Education level : 2 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, October 5, 1999 at 12:00 am #41545
Most African Amercans who say this are basically ignorant and looking for the easy way out unconsciously. I say unconsciously because most African Americans are raised to believe that white people have it a lot easier than themselves, which in a way is true when you consider that most of upper class society is white. But when you look again, you realize that white people make up the majority of the population, so they are bound to be a large part of each class. The truth is, there are just as many whites having a hard time as blacks.
User Detail :Name : Yahel24323, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Don't know sexual orientation yet, Race : Afrendian American (African-French-Indian), Religion : Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research, Age : 16, City : Austin, State : TX Country : United States, Occupation : High school student, Education level : Less than High School Diploma, Social class : Middle class, October 8, 1999 at 12:00 am #41539
Having been an Air Force Officer for 9 years (until I had absolutely enough), I noticed more often Blacks were asked/ordered to do the more menial tasks on a regular/automatic basis than whites, as well as treated/spoken to in a considerably harsher manner. An incident comes to mind where I was coming into a building to supervise a work detail, and upon seeing me the Master Sergeant began yelling for me to move my a__ faster – whereupon when he noticed my rank (1Lt at the time), he tossed off a cursory apology and kept his distance. You thought this would teach this jerk a lesson, but it didn’t – as white women entered the area, he would wait for them to get close enough for him to confirm their rank, before he started mouthing off, but when another Black female entered the building, he mouthed off again – only to find himself face to face with a Major, trying to get to her office. Needless to say our combined report should have taught him assumptions can have definite repercussions. Attitude and tone can make or break a request – as well as indicate your true thoughts. As far as not getting jobs/promotions based on skill/ability in the civilian world, wake up! Where I work currently, all the Blacks with any type of Management position have at least one Master’s degree, while the white male head of the department only has a Bachelor’s – but to his credit, he grew up next door to the head of the company!?!
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