So I do not have that instant “gringo effect” on them.
Yes, I agree that there are a lot of Spanish-speaking Latinos in America and there are some jobs where it helps if employees speak Spanish, but does that mean it should be the industry norm for employers to require that job applicants speak Spanish in order to even be considered?
And if it is, how does this help our Spanish language only friends learn how to assimilate into American culture, which I thought was the goal at the end of the day?
As uncomfortable as it may be for Black leaders to talk about this latest form of employment discrimination against Blacks, it is what it is and no matter how uncomfortable it is for them, it doesn’t come close to how thousands if not millions of unemployed job applicants feel who don’t make it past the initial application process because, while they may be qualified for the job in question, are overlooked because they don’t speak Spanish.
Uncomfortable is having your lights turned off, car repossessed, and losing your home because you haven’t been able to find a job through no fault of your own.
Unemployed African-Americans have more than just “ethnic” sounding names, criminal records, and their educational background working against them now when trying to pass the first phase of the employment process.
Today, almost all job postings here in Southern California either require applicants to speak Spanish or make it clear that they prefer those who do to applicants who don’t.
Is it racist to ask that employers hire non-Spanish-speaking Americans for jobs in America?
It’s no more racist than it is to ask that job applicants in Mexico speak Spanish or those seeking employment in China speak Chinese.
Furthermore, I am aware of the underworld of sex tourism in Colombia and I know that there are many strip clubs and brothels in Medellin; however, strippers and prostitutes are not the types of girls that I date, nor is it something I would like to promote, therefore, I will not be referring to that in this post. My situation is a little different than most foreigners here in Colombia.