It's fucking hard to get a job in this city if you happen to have dreadlocks.
If you walk into places with a resume and dreads, you never hear back. You can't even fucking work at McDonalds with dreadlocks.
Nevermind that they are equal opportunity employees. They will give anybody a chance - be they black, white, latino, asian, male, female -- unless they have dreadlocks.
The only exception to this is if a location is desperate for workers; and then the employee will never get any more than mandatory pay raises and NEVER a promotion.
I know what people are gonna say. "Cut them off."
Well, fuck you. I shouldn't have to cut off my dreadlocks. I like them. They look good on me. I don't have an assortment of random jewelery, string or objects in them. One of them, in the back, has a single bead that practically blends in with my hair color.
They're clean -- I wash my hair every single day. There is no reason why I shouldn't be given a chance just because I have a certain hairstyle.
But McDicks isn't the only place.
Convenience store? fuck you. You had a goddamn help wanted sign up when I applied and I never heard from you. Four fucking months later you've got the same goddamn help wanted sign up, and I even brought up my application once or twice. Nothing.
Video store? I keep odd sleeping habits. I'm writing this at 6am, having been up all yesterday, still wide awake. I applied for your graveyard shift because, according to your fucking help wanted signs, you need a worker or two.
You piss me off the most. Not a word back from you, and I fucking love movies. I would love to work there. Your help wanted sign is still fucking up, but nothing. I can't even accuse you of not giving me a chance because of my dreadlocks -- you've got a guy there with some epic dreads going. So what's the damned problem?
I'm not gonna list everywhere, but believe me, the list is long -- and I'm fucking pissed off.
So, to all you employers out there: SMARTEN THE FUCK UP. Discrimination isn't always about skin color or gender.
|Needing to Work for Rent|