RACE RELATIONSHIPS: racism once again has taken front stage with the disastrous episode of Donald Sterling. Forgive me for being some what passive as a black man following the dropping of the hammer by NBA Commissioner Silver, and the overwhelming support of Silver by the American public because when I began in the job market I was by hook and crook fangled into my job at Sears by a personnel manager of another store because the store in which I was placed was making excuses why they hadn’t complied to hiring blacks except for maintenance work. I was placed as a big ticket salesman.
The Sear’s president at my workplace would not speak to me but would only raise his nose and then look away as if I didn’t exist. Their ploy to get rid of me was to keep a tally of all of the small offenses which were in themselves questionable as being any form that offended store policy such as when I was working the late shift (closing at 9 PM) a customer can in and said that he needed a mattress immediately, and the storage area was closed. I said that we could deliver a mattress to him shortly after 8 AM the next morning. He again reinforced the fact that he needed a mattress for tonight and that all other furniture stores had closed. He asked if he could buy the displayed mattress. I said yes. He purchased and loaded it in his truck. The next morning our warehouse man brought another mattress to the sales floor.
Another reason for my termination was that on my off day I had scheduled an appointment at the home of a potential carpet customer. I became very sick with the flu, like throwing up, and had to cancel. The lady complained because she had invited some of her lady friends to help her choose the carpet to buy. Believe me or not, the two above incidences were the major cause for my termination. I remember to this day the last words of the vice president of personnel saying “we can’t run a business like this. Pack up things and leave.”
Now, they are all dead and buried. The federal law says that they must be buried six feet under ground so that even the animals wouldn’t dig them up even if the casket deteriorates. Forgive me Heavenly Father, but it was your choice that they die.
*** Will Myers