Friday, March 23, 2018
All my black co-workers are leaving
The subject of race will be making an appearance in this blog post. You might have suspected as much from my title: All my black co-workers are leaving. But I just want to let you all know, right from the very beginning, that I am completely color-blind.
I see everything in black and white.
Ha ha ha ha. That's just a little bit of race humor to break the ice.
No, right, I absolutely agree, there is nothing funny about race in America. I'm sorry. It won't happen again.
So let's get to it:
After a four year total library system focus on diversity, multiculturalism, and race and the history of racism in America, after multiple mandatory viewings of the (excellent) PBS Documentary Race: The Power of an Illusion, after diverse hirings (well, at the lower pay levels), expensive countywide initiatives on employee retention, countless break-out sessions, in service days, and required continuing education classes on race and diversity, it just so happens that all of my black co-workers are now leaving and moving onto other opportunities.
At this point, if this were one of my normal blog posts about, say, anything other than race, I would caustically and wittily sum it all up, illuminating the issue and solving the problem pithily.
But it's about race.
I don't want to make anyone uncomfortable.