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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 1:50 am    Post subject: HYPERtension Kills Another Victim of Racism (VOR)? Reply with quote

From The San Diego Voice and Viewpoint
March 25, 2004

County employee jumps to his death
by Gerrianne Jones, Staff Writer

Frank Bulgaire, a 46 year-old African American male, father, and 16-year employee of San Diego County, shocked family members, friends and the community when he ended his life by jumping off the county building where he worked on March 15, 2004.

While family and friends grieve the death of Bulgaire, people question what pressure led him to jump to his death from the balcony of the fourth-story cafeteria of the County Administration Center at 8:53a.m.

“I think he had so many issues, he couldn’t see his way out of them,” said Berniece Smith, a close friend of 21 years.

According to her, this wasn’t the Bulgaire she knew and once dated. “He wasn’t a weak individual,” she said. “He was always athletic and served as an officer in the military.”

Smith recalls when Bulgaire received a scholarship for both football and basketball at the University of Ohio in Cleveland, Ohio. He was intelligent, educated, and a kind-hearted person.

I don’t know anyone who didn’t like Frank.”

Mikey Jay, a friend of 18 years and prior co-worker, worked with Bulgaire in the County Welfare Department.

Bulgaire worked as a property assessment specialist in the County Assessor/ Recorder/Clerk’s office on the first floor of the building at 1600 Pacific Coast Highway in San Diego for the last 16 years. According to Jay, he was promoted from County Assessor I to II, two years ago. “But then in the interim, they had given him more clerical responsibility until last month, they demoted him to County Assessor I.”

Not only did the demotion devastate him, it also changed his work schedule from a 4 day, 12 hrs/day week to working a 5 day week, said Jay.

He said the last time he spoke to Bulgaire was at his skully meeting in early February, when the county started his termination process.

Bulgaire took pride in his job, said Jay. “His job was really all he had,”

A year ago, Bulgaire lost his wife to cancer. When she was ill, said Jay, Bulgaire took off a lot of time to be with her.

Bulgaire was experiencing financial difficulties as well. He was behind on his rent and other bills because he was paying for “a good attorney” in order to secure his job, said Jay.

The pressure and the stress accumulated, said jay, because he feared that if he lost his job, he’d also lose his house and car.

“He was scared to death that they were going to fire him.”

Furthermore, Bulgaire lost his mother within the first 4 months of his job, 16 years ago, and his brother soon after, explained Jay.

When asked if he noticed any warnings preluding to suicide, Jay said he knew that Bulgaire was “depressed” and “in a bad place.”

Still, Jay said he just couldn’t believe it when he heard the news of Fran’s death. Jay said he believes Bulgaire’s suicide was definitely pre-planned.

“he killed himself at his work to show them that they had ruined him.” He said.

When asked if Bulgaire faced any work problems, Jay admitted that he knew Bulgaire had some missed days because of his wife’s passing. But rather than empathizing and working with him to resolve the problems, said Jay, the county did not seem to consider his circumstances.

According to Smith, the loss of his wife and the absence from work to be with her “set everything in motion.” But, she pointed out, it was not the leading factor of his death.

He became depressed and was being treated by a doctor with antidepressants, she admitted.

According to what Bulgaire told Smith, he received comments such as, “Sometimes, you are just staring into the computer.”

Smith also said, at one point, Bulgaire and his 6-year-old son, Desmond, caught the flu, causing him to miss work for another two weeks. In addition, his son had a condition that affected his ability to go to the bathroom. According to Smith, a doctor said it could be directly related to the trauma of his mother’s death.

On top of that, Smith explained, that Bulgaire was in a car accident, and although she said it wasn’t his fault, “[the other party] was trying to sue him and he didn’t have any insurance at the time because of a late payment.”

Because Bulgaire’s demotion required him to work Friday’s, he had put his son in day care, an additional payment, said Smith. Furthermore, Bulgaire told her a lady at the day care was “putting pressure on him” because he was often late picking up his son after getting off work and fighting the traffic. She threatened to not offer services to him if he continued to be late, said Smith.

According to Smith, the reason the county demoted him and was seeking to terminate him was because “he was taking too much time off” and making too many errors because of the stress.

Smith, who said she began dating Bulgaire in 1984 off and on until he got married in 1997, said they always stayed in touch.

Two weeks prior to his death. She said, he visited her and informed her that the county was trying to fire him.

Smith said he didn’t seem depressed but that he also wasn’t jovial.

She said she never expected Bulgaire to do something like this and was completely shocked. “That’s not Frank,” she said.

It’s difficult to acknowledge that he is gone, she said. “He’s always been in my life”

When asked if she is upset with the county, Smith responded, “what happened to him was undeserving. He was a sweet, kind-hearted man. He didn’t even curse. He went out of his way to help people. He didn’t deserve to be pushed to that point. He should have been given a chance to get himself together.”

Smith believes the county did not help Bulgaire in ways they could have. For example, she said he was denied medical leave.

According to Smith, the supervisors enforcing Bulgaire’s termination were his supervisor. Sharon Ferguson and his Division Chief, Brian Salmon.

Ferguson declined to comment other than saying, “the front desk is taking care of that.” The representative at the front desk was only able to provide general information relating to the shock of employees.

Detective Henry Ramos, who is handling the case, said he is unable to comment at this time, stating that the case is still “undergoing investigation.” He approximates that information will be available by March 31.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 8:54 am    Post subject: Re: HYPERtension Kills Another Victim of Racism (VOR)? Reply with quote

HelixHair wrote:
From The San Diego Voice and Viewpoint
March 25, 2004

County employee jumps to his death
by Gerrianne Jones, Staff Writer

Frank Bulgaire, a 46 year-old African American male, father, and 16-year employee of San Diego County, shocked family members, friends and the community when he ended his life by jumping off the county building where he worked on March 15, 2004.

While family and friends grieve the death of Bulgaire, people question what pressure led him to jump to his death from the balcony of the fourth-story cafeteria of the County Administration Center at 8:53a.m.

“I think he had so many issues, he couldn’t see his way out of them,” said Berniece Smith, a close friend of 21 years.

According to her, this wasn’t the Bulgaire she knew and once dated. “He wasn’t a weak individual,” she said. “He was always athletic and served as an officer in the military.”

Smith recalls when Bulgaire received a scholarship for both football and basketball at the University of Ohio in Cleveland, Ohio. He was intelligent, educated, and a kind-hearted person.

I don’t know anyone who didn’t like Frank.”

Mikey Jay, a friend of 18 years and prior co-worker, worked with Bulgaire in the County Welfare Department.

Bulgaire worked as a property assessment specialist in the County Assessor/ Recorder/Clerk’s office on the first floor of the building at 1600 Pacific Coast Highway in San Diego for the last 16 years. According to Jay, he was promoted from County Assessor I to II, two years ago. “But then in the interim, they had given him more clerical responsibility until last month, they demoted him to County Assessor I.”

Not only did the demotion devastate him, it also changed his work schedule from a 4 day, 12 hrs/day week to working a 5 day week, said Jay.

He said the last time he spoke to Bulgaire was at his skully meeting in early February, when the county started his termination process.

Bulgaire took pride in his job, said Jay. “His job was really all he had,”

A year ago, Bulgaire lost his wife to cancer. When she was ill, said Jay, Bulgaire took off a lot of time to be with her.

Bulgaire was experiencing financial difficulties as well. He was behind on his rent and other bills because he was paying for “a good attorney” in order to secure his job, said Jay.

The pressure and the stress accumulated, said jay, because he feared that if he lost his job, he’d also lose his house and car.

“He was scared to death that they were going to fire him.”

Furthermore, Bulgaire lost his mother within the first 4 months of his job, 16 years ago, and his brother soon after, explained Jay.

When asked if he noticed any warnings preluding to suicide, Jay said he knew that Bulgaire was “depressed” and “in a bad place.”

Still, Jay said he just couldn’t believe it when he heard the news of Fran’s death. Jay said he believes Bulgaire’s suicide was definitely pre-planned.

“he killed himself at his work to show them that they had ruined him.” He said.

When asked if Bulgaire faced any work problems, Jay admitted that he knew Bulgaire had some missed days because of his wife’s passing. But rather than empathizing and working with him to resolve the problems, said Jay, the county did not seem to consider his circumstances.

According to Smith, the loss of his wife and the absence from work to be with her “set everything in motion.” But, she pointed out, it was not the leading factor of his death.

He became depressed and was being treated by a doctor with antidepressants, she admitted.

According to what Bulgaire told Smith, he received comments such as, “Sometimes, you are just staring into the computer.”

Smith also said, at one point, Bulgaire and his 6-year-old son, Desmond, caught the flu, causing him to miss work for another two weeks. In addition, his son had a condition that affected his ability to go to the bathroom. According to Smith, a doctor said it could be directly related to the trauma of his mother’s death.

On top of that, Smith explained, that Bulgaire was in a car accident, and although she said it wasn’t his fault, “[the other party] was trying to sue him and he didn’t have any insurance at the time because of a late payment.”

Because Bulgaire’s demotion required him to work Friday’s, he had put his son in day care, an additional payment, said Smith. Furthermore, Bulgaire told her a lady at the day care was “putting pressure on him” because he was often late picking up his son after getting off work and fighting the traffic. She threatened to not offer services to him if he continued to be late, said Smith.

According to Smith, the reason the county demoted him and was seeking to terminate him was because “he was taking too much time off” and making too many errors because of the stress.

Smith, who said she began dating Bulgaire in 1984 off and on until he got married in1977, said they always stayed in touch.

Two weeks prior to his death. She said, he visited her and informed her that the county was trying to fire him.

Smith said he didn’t seem depressed but that he also wasn’t jovial.

She said she never expected Bulgaire to do something like this and was completely shocked. “That’s not Frank,” she said.

It’s difficult to acknowledge that he is gone, she said. “He’s always been in my life”

When asked if she is upset with the county, Smith responded, “what happened to him was undeserving. He was a sweet, kind-hearted man. He didn’t even curse. He went out of his way to help people. He didn’t deserve to be pushed to that point. He should have been given a chance to get himself together.”

Smith believes the county did not help Bulgaire in ways they could have. For example, she said he was denied medical leave.

According to Smith, the supervisors enforcing Bulgaire’s termination were his supervisor. Sharon Ferguson and his Division Chief, Brian Salmon.

Ferguson declined to comment other than saying, “the front desk is taking care of that.” The representative at the front desk was only able to provide general information relating to the shock of employees.

Detective Henry Ramos, who is handling the case, said he is unable to comment at this time, stating that the case is still “undergoing investigation.” He approximates that information will be available by March 31.

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Helixhair,

What would you suggest to this person if he were still alive to help him counter R/WS in the workplace?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 9:20 am    Post subject: Re: HYPERtension Kills Another Victim of Racism (VOR)? Reply with quote

Trina wrote:
Helixhair,

What would you suggest to this person if he were still alive to help him counter R/WS in the workplace?

Trina

Good question.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 1:34 pm    Post subject: Re: HYPERtension Kills Another Victim of Racism (VOR)? Reply with quote

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Trina wrote:
Helixhair,

What would you suggest to this person if he were still alive to help him counter R/WS in the workplace?

Trina

Good question.


Since, it appears that Mr. Bulgaire's thinking ability may have been impaired due to the stress he was experiencing and complications therefrom. I would have suggested that he request help from another person willing to ask for assistance on his behalf. If he found such a person, I would suggest that the person assist Mr. Bulgaire in the following ways:

1) As soon as there was probable cause to believe that Mr. Bulgaire was being treated differently than others in similar situations, declare, in writing, as an official of the United States government , his intention to defend and support the United States Constitution; 5th and 14th Amendments/Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses against the possible transgression.

2) If it is believed that an attorney or other person is needed to assist you in supporting and defending the U.S. Constitution, request, in writing, that such help be provided to him by his employer.

3) No person should have to pay to perform her/his first duty of employment. So, do not hire an attorney from private funds. Later on, after the facts become clearer, you wish to file a lawsuit, an attorney will be much more likely to take the case on a contingency basis of projected dollar award or settlement because of the paper trail you have laid.

4) Avoid filing a "complaint" or "grievance" with any agency or organization as part of his Due Process procedures. If requests for help must be submitted on paper forms that use either of those words, insert the word "inquiry" beside it.

5)Do not make any charges/accusations. Instead, ask for an investigation of whether such charges should be filed.

6) Make a list of all city, county, state, federal, international offiicials, cmmissions, committees, agencies, etc. that may be able provide assistance or advice on performing this primary duty.

7) Remember that lawsuits and EEO procedures usually take a minimum of three or more years to conclude. When the alleged mistreatment is suspected to be racism, such suits and hearings rarely conclude in favor of the "complaining" party. Do not become frustrated with the slowness of the process. The goal is to stay employed until the differential treatment stops or until another job is found.


For further suggestions, write me at the Yahoo address listed in my profile on this site.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What would you suggest to this person if he were still alive to help him counter R/WS in the workplace? --Trina



My first suggestion to this person would be to understand and learn the dangers of the "John Henry" syndrome and how to compensate for it. This is difficult for many Black males because they want to prove they are a "man" by absorbing all the abuse and mistreatment the White supremacists visit upon them WITHOUT ASKING FOR HELP.


Many Blk males refuse to ask for help because to do so leaves them open to charges of weakness and confusion.

I know about this because I used to engage in it.

I didn't want to admit that I functioned in a weakened confused state for fear I would not be viewed as a "man".

This phenomenon is compounded when a Black person is in close proxemity to White people.

That ego takes over and starts doing damage control. You start lieing to yourself.

The end result of this posture is confusion.

Finally, there you are, sitting in the bathtub,

the barrel in your mouth and your toe on the trigger.


So in review I would offer this male specific suggestions regarding simpifying his lifestyle; deleting some of the postures and *mannerism* commonly associated with functioning as a man but of minor consequence in the production of Justice.

In place of those deletions I would offer suggestions that while constructive and effective; do not add to the complexity of his day to day operations in a system of racism White supremacy.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Josh wrote:

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So in review I would offer this male specific suggestions regarding simpifying his lifestyle; deleting some of the postures and *mannerism* commonly associated with functioning as a man but of minor consequence in the production of Justice


Josh,

Could list 3 or 4 specific suggestions that would help this male counter R/WS in the workplace if he were still alive?

Trina
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2004 12:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Reply with quote

Trina wrote:
Josh wrote:

Quote:
So in review I would offer this male specific suggestions regarding simpifying his lifestyle; deleting some of the postures and *mannerism* commonly associated with functioning as a man but of minor consequence in the production of Justice


Josh,

Could list 3 or 4 specific suggestions that would help this male counter R/WS in the workplace if he were still alive?

Trina


What a very sad story. I can indentify with a lot of what's being said in this thread. I find myself having to endure a lot stress of my job as a result R/WS. I find myself getting into that John Henry-ism sometimes, but this is what white folks expect of black males on jobs. It has always been that black males are expected to work 3 times are hard as white folks while receiving less pay.

When I get upset or frustrated by this treatment, I'm viewed as a difficult negro and something must be done about me. There are sublte hints of termination if when ever I show any ill affects of being mistreated.

Black people/VOR must remember, the job(unless you are self employed) is still the Plantation and it will always be that way as long as black people are in the slave masters house(America).
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2004 1:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Reply with quote

Auditor1 wrote:
Trina wrote:
Josh wrote:

Quote:
So in review I would offer this male specific suggestions regarding simpifying his lifestyle; deleting some of the postures and *mannerism* commonly associated with functioning as a man but of minor consequence in the production of Justice


Josh,

Could list 3 or 4 specific suggestions that would help this male counter R/WS in the workplace if he were still alive?

Trina


What a very sad story. I can indentify with a lot of what's being said in this thread. I find myself having to endure a lot stress of my job as a result R/WS. I find myself getting into that John Henry-ism sometimes, but this is what white folks expect of black males on jobs. It has always been that black males are expected to work 3 times are hard as white folks while receiving less pay.

When I get upset or frustrated by this treatment, I'm viewed as a difficult negro and something must be done about me. There are sublte hints of termination if when ever I show any ill affects of being mistreated.

Black people/VOR must remember, the job(unless you are self employed) is still the Plantation and it will always be that way as long as black people are in the slave masters house(America).


"as long as black people are in the slave masters house(America)." -Auditor1

That is interesting.

Well...

Auditor1,

Please tell us Niggers, WHERE we all can Go to (Run To) where Niggers (Non-White People) would NOT be mistreated on the basis of Color, NOT be Subject to the System of Racism White Supremacy, and the Racist White Supremacist themselves, Racist Man and Racist Woman.

?

In other words...

Where in the known Universe are Non-White People NOT Subject to the System of Racism White Supremacy ?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2004 12:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Reply with quote

RangerX wrote:
Auditor1 wrote:
Trina wrote:
Josh wrote:

Quote:
So in review I would offer this male specific suggestions regarding simpifying his lifestyle; deleting some of the postures and *mannerism* commonly associated with functioning as a man but of minor consequence in the production of Justice


Josh,

Could list 3 or 4 specific suggestions that would help this male counter R/WS in the workplace if he were still alive?

Trina


What a very sad story. I can indentify with a lot of what's being said in this thread. I find myself having to endure a lot stress of my job as a result R/WS. I find myself getting into that John Henry-ism sometimes, but this is what white folks expect of black males on jobs. It has always been that black males are expected to work 3 times are hard as white folks while receiving less pay.

When I get upset or frustrated by this treatment, I'm viewed as a difficult negro and something must be done about me. There are sublte hints of termination if when ever I show any ill affects of being mistreated.

Black people/VOR must remember, the job(unless you are self employed) is still the Plantation and it will always be that way as long as black people are in the slave masters house(America).


"as long as black people are in the slave masters house(America)." -Auditor1

That is interesting.

Well...

Auditor1,

Please tell us Niggers, WHERE we all can Go to (Run To) where Niggers (Non-White People) would NOT be mistreated on the basis of Color, NOT be Subject to the System of Racism White Supremacy, and the Racist White Supremacist themselves, Racist Man and Racist Woman.

?

In other words...

Where in the known Universe are Non-White People NOT Subject to the System of Racism White Supremacy ?

-RangerX
RWSWJ


I can't tell a Nigger in anything. I wish I could tell a nigga something, but you can't tell a nigga who believes that the white man is the creator of all things, a Nigga has been trained to worship the white man as god.
A nigga believes, even if he had a starship that could take anywhere in the universe he could not defeat white supremacy because he believes the white man is omnipresent and omnipotent, the white man has trained the nigger to worship him.

Put it this way, you will be subject to white supremacy as long as you allow yourself to be subjected to it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2004 12:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Reply with quote

Auditor1 wrote:
RangerX wrote:
Auditor1 wrote:
Trina wrote:
Josh wrote:

Quote:
So in review I would offer this male specific suggestions regarding simpifying his lifestyle; deleting some of the postures and *mannerism* commonly associated with functioning as a man but of minor consequence in the production of Justice


Josh,

Could list 3 or 4 specific suggestions that would help this male counter R/WS in the workplace if he were still alive?

Trina


What a very sad story. I can indentify with a lot of what's being said in this thread. I find myself having to endure a lot stress of my job as a result R/WS. I find myself getting into that John Henry-ism sometimes, but this is what white folks expect of black males on jobs. It has always been that black males are expected to work 3 times are hard as white folks while receiving less pay.

When I get upset or frustrated by this treatment, I'm viewed as a difficult negro and something must be done about me. There are sublte hints of termination if when ever I show any ill affects of being mistreated.

Black people/VOR must remember, the job(unless you are self employed) is still the Plantation and it will always be that way as long as black people are in the slave masters house(America).


"as long as black people are in the slave masters house(America)." -Auditor1

That is interesting.

Well...

Auditor1,

Please tell us Niggers, WHERE we all can Go to (Run To) where Niggers (Non-White People) would NOT be mistreated on the basis of Color, NOT be Subject to the System of Racism White Supremacy, and the Racist White Supremacist themselves, Racist Man and Racist Woman.

?

In other words...

Where in the known Universe are Non-White People NOT Subject to the System of Racism White Supremacy ?

-RangerX
RWSWJ


I can't tell a Nigger in anything. I wish I could tell a nigga something, but you can't tell a nigga who believes that the white man is the creator of all things, a Nigga has been trained to worship the white man as god.
A nigga believes, even if he had a starship that could take anywhere in the universe he could not defeat white supremacy because he believes the white man is omnipresent and omnipotent, the white man has trained the nigger to worship him.

Put it this way, you will be subject to white supremacy as long as you allow yourself to be subjected to it.


Interesting,

but you did not answer my question.

Please tell us Niggers, WHERE we all can Go to (Run To) where Niggers (Non-White People) would NOT be mistreated on the basis of Color, NOT be Subject to the System of Racism White Supremacy, and the Racist White Supremacist themselves, Racist Man and Racist Woman.

In other words...

Where in the known Universe are Non-White People NOT Subject to the System of Racism White Supremacy ?

Please respond if you may...

you also said.

"Put it this way, you will be subject to white supremacy as long as you allow yourself to be subjected to it." -Auditor1

Auditor1,

What Do I, a Nigger, need to Say and Do in order for me to Not "allow" myself to be subjected to "it" = The System of Racism White Supremacy

any suggestions ?

please respond if you may,

Thank You for Your Time.

-RangerX
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2004 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trina,

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Trina wrote:
Josh,

Could list 3 or 4 specific suggestions that would help this male counter R/WS in the workplace if he were still alive?

Trina


I have but one suggestion, ]ALWAYS ASK FOR HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT, (ESPECIALLY FROM WHITE PEOPLE).
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2004 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trina wrote:

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Josh,

Could list 3 or 4 specific suggestions that would help this male counter R/WS in the workplace if he were still alive?

Trina



Sorry it took so long for me to get back to this one.

One of my specific suggestions for countering racism in the workplace is to create a flow chart describing the "chain of command" at your place of employment.

This is important because non white people need to know the difference between a suggestion and an order. The "chain of command" is for your protection. I suspect this is why so many non white people stay in the military.

The confusion that stems from 3 or 4 White people *instructing* a non white person to do something which may or may not be correct just creates a more stressful situation for the non white person.

In any work place all non white persons should be able to identify their supervisor (superior ADVISOR)

The purpose of a supervisor (SUPERIOR advisor) is to ADVISE you regarding what to do and the BEST way to do it.

Don't be embarressed or afraid to do this. It is their superior knowledge that got them the position in the first place.

Let your supervisor know that you understand his or her purpose.

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