“Blah Blah Corporation is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and considers all persons without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability or any other legally protected classification as defined by the city, state, or federal law.”
This is a pretty standard blurb on a company website and I found this under the heading of “Diversity” on a company’s website. But clearly, employment opportunity is not equal as long as the law says businesses must hire a certain number of minorities. I live in a city where white people are a minority yet Affirmative Action doesn’t work in our favor. It’s illegal to have only white employees but perfectly legal to have all an entirely black staff. I think the citizens of Atlanta actually get along fine but the government makes everything strained and difficult.
I saw another example of racial harmony this morning at a diner. A black man and a white man started talking from tables that were across the room from each other. My boyfriend and I were eating breakfast and so we were privy to their entire conversation.
When he finished eating, white man came over and sat at the black man’s table (right behind me). They continued their conversation and were very encouraging of one another. The white man told how he’s been searching for a job for a while now and the black man said he’d recently retired from the Army.
I enjoy seeing strangers have positive interactions like these two men and I see it quite frequently. This was a rant and I appreciate your reading it. I was annoyed when I started this but writing about these men and remembering their friendly chat makes me feel better.