Erbayne007Erbayne W. Jarvis
Cottage Grove, MN

My six words came out of an experience I had when I went to a government agency deliver some document as part of my work on behalf of a client. I needed help in finding the person to whom I was to deliver the documents. One of the employees of the agency tried to get her fellow employee to join in the effort to help me. The first employee who tried to help, said to the other, “he has something for his worker.” The thought which came to mind as I heard words, was that I was perceived as an African-American person who was at the agency for the purpose of receiving government benefits. I am an attorney in private practice and would describe myself as Afro-Caribbean-American. I was at the agency as part of my representation of my client for an upcoming legal proceeding.

  • Not so fast

    I don’t think this was race based so much as class based, they deal with hundreds of people every day who each have papers and what have you for their caseworkers. i have experiencedd the same or similar remarks in government offices before when not appearing htere in search of benefits.

  • Tim Childs

    America on the whole seems a very racist country. In England, it was historically more about class distinctions, often very severe distinctions, between people who were mostly white. But even in the British Isles, it was racist as well, English racism and superiority against the perceived inferiority of the Irish/Scottish/Welsh/Cornish, even though of course most Celtic people are to this day white, although many have a darker Mediterranean appearance too like the singer Tom Jones and Catherine Zeta Jones and the Irish actor Colin Farrell. It is more than skin colour then, also about culture and class too. As someone of Irish descent (mostly) although white, I am like many Irish people very bitter about the racism and treatment of Irish people by the English establishment for over 8 centuries. I have understood this as a Christian; when we decide to dismiss another person’s God-given rights, for any reason, or use false notions of superiority in any context, the result is suffering and pain for someone else. It is so much easier to hate, than to love after all. But God did not create any of us to hate, and deep down when we do hate, for any reason, we feel bad, we get headaches, stomachaches, and we just don’t feel right. Look at this piece of scripture, it says it all: ‘…the whole of the Law is summarised in the one commandment: You must love your neighbour as yourself.’ (Galatians 5:14 NJB) If America prides itself on being a Christian country, then maybe they should remember that. Please google image ‘irish racism’. You may be astonished at what you find. God bless, my friend.