So, I had the opportunity to go to this Democratic big-wig thing, which I will say more about later, if I can think of anything coherent to say about it.
I must learn Spanish; it’s painful at this point.
But here’s what I heard that I have to tell y’all about right now. Okay, so you know how, in our state, you get a huge fine for knowingly (or should-have-knowingly) hiring illegal immigrants? Well, apparently, one of the ways companies are getting around this is by farming out the hiring to these other companies, so that those companies will have to bear the brunt of the law.
And those companies, then, in order to mitigate their risk, run criminal background checks and drug tests and check people’s immigration statuses. If any of those three things don’t check out, the person doesn’t get hired.
I will say that again, in case you missed it: If any one of those three things doesn’t check out, the person doesn’t get hired.
If you have a criminal record, you cannot get a job at these major, national companies, which, in many cases, are the only places in your community to work (for all practical purposes).
I’ve read, and I’m sure you have, too, that it’s estimated that one in three black men has been involved in the penal system at some point in his life.
These places have a blanket policy of not hiring people with criminal records. One in three black men has a criminal record.
You know what you call a 33% unemployment rate in any segment of our community?
Pretty damn devastating for the whole community, that’s what.