False? There is an ongoing problem of job inequality for
the African American community of Macon,
demonstrated by several glaring examples. African
Americans hold a greater number of manual labor
positions, a lesser number of management jobs and make
up a higher proportion of the unemployed when compared
to Caucasians in Macon. Thus, the answer is
shockingly and offensively true. It is hard to
believe that in 2006 there were job inequalities in
regards to racial identities.
this job disparity in the community of
Macon has been
uncovered with recent statistical data. The 2000 Census
proves that there is a large job position disparity when
it comes to African Americans in
Macon as compared
to Caucasians. African Americans comprise a
larger number of labor positions at 60%, compared to
17.3% for Whites. Caucasians held the majority of management
positions with 60.6% compared to African Americans
with 36.6%. Unemployment was higher for African
Americans at 75.4% as compared with 22.9% for Whites.
Equalizing this job disparity requires much more
than for a business to claim that it is an equal
opportunity employer; it requires action. Businesses must
actually hire skilled and qualified African American
employees and place them in management
A prime example of businesses working to correct
this disparity is Carpet Express of Macon, the only
African American owned flooring business in
company prides itself on hiring employees of all races
and promoting them to executive positions.
arenít issues of employment and position disparity not
being addressed by all businesses? The community
must ask local government and the city of
Macon to help
make a change. According to data posted on the
City of Maconís website,
African Americans comprise 62.5% of the population with
Whites accounting for 35.5%. African Americans
make up, by far, the greater proportion of
therefore have the potential to impact and bring change
to these job disparities.
What can be
done from here? As a group comprising the
majority, the African American community must come
together and voice their concerns to the city of
Things that could be done to make a difference in
changing this job disparity
letters to local officials asking them to intervene by
creating special programs to assist the African American
community with employment.
should patronize businesses that promote and possess
African American employees holding management positions.
the voice of the community through consistent monthly
Town Hall Meetings with City Officials. The recent
national election substantiates that the voice of the
people should be heard.
4. We, as consumers, should not
patronize businesses that practice this racial
disparity. Businesses that are attempting to correct this disparity should
be rewarded for their meaningful contributions to
the community through jobs, programs, support for
education, and other community activities.
and wisdom is the beginning of success; they demand to
be heard in the city of
steps can be powerful elements in redefining the city of
is a sleeping giant and it is past time for the
citizens of Macon
to Wake Up and get involved into redefining their
city. Carpet Express stands at the forefront of
helping to improve the quality of life for the citizens
in the 21st Century.