Sunday, May 9, 2010

Fingering Illegal Immigrants for Black Jobless Crisis

You have a lot of valid points here. We agree that this country's immigration system needs to be reformed. We also agree that in the current system, some employers exploit people's status to pay them below fair wages, and force them to work under conditions that a citizen would not tolerate. What we must do is work together to ensure that all companies, regardless of who they employ, are following labor and wage laws. This should provide a level playing field for all people who want to work to compete in a fair, capitalist system.



I also agree that people, of all colors and ethnicities, should not tolerate discrimination in the workplace. Sometimes discrimination is not intentional, but can be a complete LACK of awareness as to the realities surrounding them. I once directly challenged a boss of mine as to why there were no African Americans working in our department. I doubt that my boss was actively excluding any one from working, but they were not taking an proactive role in looking for representative talent. It's that kind of awareness and courage to challenge decision makers that can help all of us.



We must guard against scapegoating each other for the lack of opportunity in the workplace. The Right would like nothing more than for Blacks and Latinos to be at each other's throats on this issue, and have us fight each other over the crumbs left on the table while they run away with the whole pie.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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