Among the many things Wal-Mart is known for, low prices, good selection, numerous locations, clean and brightly lit stores, annoyingly long lines, racial discrimination might not come in mind for many. But, in fact, the retail giant has been juxtaposed with racially discriminatory lawsuits (and settlements) throughout the 2000s. From ‘01 to ‘08, 4,500 black truck drivers claim that they were not hired merely because of the melanin in their skin. That resulted in a $17.5 million settlement from the company, although Wal-Mart stands by the notion they did not discriminate on the grounds of racial preference. In 2010, employees of West African descent sued the company, alleging that a recently hired manager prefered Whites by saying, “I don’t like some of the faces I see here. There are people in Eagle County who need jobs.” Eagle County, CO is 136 miles west of Denver and, according to the 2000 census report, is over 85% white.
Racial “preferences” are not only frowned upon, but they are illegal and borderline criminal in many facets of society. Wal-Mart’s alleged racial preferences have gotten them sued time and time again. In today’s climate of increased intensity on the diversity front, companies, businesses, sports leagues, or entities of any significant relevance cannot afford the PR hit of being labeled “racist”. For inquiring minds, here is the definition of racism:
the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races
Yet, in miraculous fashion, when racism enters the dating world, it is labeled “personal preference”.
America is the embodiment of freedom. Freedom to work wherever we chose, say what we want (within reason), wear mix match socks, wear rompers, and date who we choose. It separates us from countries like India where arranged marriages are woven into the culture’s fabric. However, (not to sound like a Bud Light commercial) with great freedom comes great responsibility. People must have an understanding and love for their own race, culture, and ethnic upbringing. That involves dating within your racial boundaries, sometimes. Blacks not dating Blacks, especially as Blacks continue to be under siege from the White supremacy underbelly of America, is crippling to the Black community and the future of Black America.
Steering clear of certain races in the dating world shows a supreme lack of maturity and social intelligence. This flawed logic stems from grossly negative, and agenda-driven, stereotypes, pushed onto the herd of onlookers for monetary and propagandic purposes. Also, there is no one single characteristic that be traced to one single race of people. Men and women of all colors, shapes and sizes are capable of cheating, stealing, and luring others into abusive relationships. Conversely, loyalty, faithfulness, humor, personality and integrity are not beholden to one race, either.
Is it fair to say that love is colorblind? Of course, it is. But grasping onto racist stereotypes, in the name of personal preference, is just plain blind.