When I read this story (Lawn-Care Entrepreneur Faces A Changing Racial Landscape) and saw that Paula Zahn picked it up on her show last night I almost lost my mind.
Floyd, 38, a black landscape company owner claims that he can’t find quality black people to work for him. Here is part of the transcript:
(on camera): When you first started — when Floyd first started in the late ’80s, you had a lot of blacks who worked for your company, right?
FLOYD: Yes, sir.
LOTHIAN: And you no longer have a lot of blacks working for your company. What happened? FLOYD: I — I just think it just became a — a lack of discipline.
LOTHIAN: They weren’t as dedicated?
FLOYD: No, they weren’t as dedicated.
LOTHIAN (voice-over): Sharp criticism of the very people he had hoped would be the backbone of his company.
FLOYD: But if my team is not cooperating with me, if my team calls in, if my team has continuous excuses or reasons why they can’t come to work, no project will get done.
LOTHIAN: That’s why you are replacing …
FLOYD: Yes. Yes.
LOTHIAN: So this black business owner doesn’t have a single black worker on any of his projects.
FLOYD: Sometimes, hey, I do get lonely. I mean, I don’t speak Spanish.
LOTHIAN: When blacks faded off the payroll, they were replaced by Latinos. He said they are a dependable labor pool. About 40 immigrants from El Salvador now work for him during peak summer months.
FLOYD: They buy into the American dream and they just really come for a genuine purpose.
LOTHIAN: To work?
FLOYD: Yeah, to work. If one person won’t show up and another person will, eventually you’re going to select that person.
So Floyd, a black man himself, has decided that since the black people thathe has hired in the past had performancee issues, that all black people are not good workers. He has culturally conditioned to believed to underestimate, undervalue and marginalize his own people. He himself is a black man; does he think there are no other black people in the whole world who works hard besides himself? His comments and perceptions
I am a black man and everyone black person that I know is hard working: my grandfather, my father, my college classmates and my co-workers who I currently work with. So what in the hell is he talking about? His comments he suggest that lazy and not being dedicated is mutually exclusive to black people.
But here is what the Paul Zahn Show failed to say. This brother is only paying a little bit above the minimum wage and did not offer health insurance. Blue collar jobs always have high turn-over rates because if something else comes along that offers better pay and benefits, they quit. Living in the Washington, D.C. area is expensive. If you have a family and expenses, you can’t live off of 11.00 an hour in this area. So of course you hire undocumented workers who you can exploit and pay cheap wages, and have a profitable business, because these people are desperate to make money and don’t have a choice but to be exploited. They are backed in a corner!!! American black white and yellow, deserve livable wages and health benefits for their families. So don’t blame your losses on black folk, because historically our ancestors worker hard for this country and were not payed what they were worth!!!!! Floyd needs to get a clue and break the cycle of racist cultural conditioning.