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Black Teens Feel the 'Bilingual Preferred' Summer Job Blues
New American Media ^ | 5-3-08 | Chris Levister

Posted on 05/06/2008 7:36:40 AM PDT by Technoman

'Don't speak Spanish…can't get the job?'

When San Bernardino High School teens Jazanique Jackson, Ashanae Brown and Kimyen Hawkins decided they wanted to work this summer, they left nothing to chance.

They knew the rules: plan ahead; role play; be positive; adapt; relate and encourage. So when they hit the streets to start their summer job search they were prepared for virtually every eventuality except one.

¿No habla ingles? Can't speak Spanish.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.newamericamedia.org ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: aliens; fast; food; illegal; immigrantlist; summer; teens; workplace
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McDonald’s Corp. and Illegal Immigration
1 posted on 05/06/2008 7:36:40 AM PDT by Technoman
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To: Doc Savage

Way to stay on topic, white sheet.


4 posted on 05/06/2008 7:41:12 AM PDT by SengirV
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To: theFIRMbss

if you can’t pronounce it, how can you talk to them?


5 posted on 05/06/2008 7:41:47 AM PDT by absolootezer0 ( Detroit: we're so bad, even our mayor is a criminal)
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To: Technoman

I had to return something at Walmart yesterday and the person tagging the returns spoke no English.

When will we ever get a national language; English for preference.


8 posted on 05/06/2008 7:43:21 AM PDT by whatshotandwhatsnot
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To: AD from SpringBay

"Excuse me, I speak jive."

9 posted on 05/06/2008 7:44:15 AM PDT by dfwgator (Go Stars!)
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To: Technoman
The battle between Obama and Hillary could potentially shake black allegiance to the Democrats. If McCain came out strong for immigration reform, conservatives would love him and he might be able to sway a lot of black voters. I don't suggest pandering, but I do think the GOP platform is better for blacks. We ought to really engage in outreach and try to bring them to our side.
11 posted on 05/06/2008 7:45:26 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: Red Badger

“Are these people, or cologne brands?....”

Hah! That’s hilarious.


13 posted on 05/06/2008 7:48:08 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: Technoman
¿No habla ingles? Can't speak Spanish...

Err, that would be: ¿No habla Español?

14 posted on 05/06/2008 7:48:23 AM PDT by Jack of all Trades (This line intentionally left blank)
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To: Technoman
This is a thread about problems some citizens are facing due to the growing importance of Spanish.

And a lot of the comments are just making fun of how black people talk. Gee. I wonder why so many people think Republicans are racists.

16 posted on 05/06/2008 7:50:41 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: Technoman

Wouldn’t this affect white teens also?

Anyway, I find it difficult to believe that...

Someone can’t learn to order fast food in ENGLISH!


17 posted on 05/06/2008 7:51:04 AM PDT by rock_lobsta (Not Your Ordinary Crustacean.)
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To: Eurale

You don’t have a very positive view of black people, do you?


18 posted on 05/06/2008 7:52:02 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: whatshotandwhatsnot

Sadly, when Rome got its lingua franca (literally “language of the Franks) it wasn’t Latin.


19 posted on 05/06/2008 7:53:31 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: rock_lobsta

“Someone can’t learn to order fast food in ENGLISH!”

Or point to the picture for that matter.


20 posted on 05/06/2008 7:53:48 AM PDT by Eurale
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To: Technoman
We live in a small town in NV. We only have a Taco Bell and a Jack-In-The-Box as our fast food choices. You are lucky to get someone who speaks ENGLISH to help you when you go there.

Oh yeah - They also make the phrase "fast food" a lie. Good grief...at JITB we waited 15 minutes for 3 basic burgers, 3 fries and a kid meal. Why? They don't speak ENGLISH.
21 posted on 05/06/2008 7:55:34 AM PDT by ninergold3 (Don't like my attitude? Then get one of your own!)
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To: Technoman

The kids should sue and force all of the businesses to prove they did all they could to ensure the workers were legal.


23 posted on 05/06/2008 7:57:18 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Ted Kennedy - Codename -> "Bobber")
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Entitlement, in this context, means “not entitled, but getting it nevertheless”.


24 posted on 05/06/2008 7:58:08 AM PDT by Dionysius (Jingoism is no vice.)
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To: whatshotandwhatsnot

There are a couple of local places I don’t go anymore simply because I cannot communicate with the counter help. I am somewhat hard of hearing, and by the time I try to listen carefully (most people mumble I have discovered!) and decipher the heavily accented, broken English (or blank stares) my level of frustration is way higher than it needs to be.

susie


25 posted on 05/06/2008 7:58:21 AM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“And a lot of the comments are just making fun of how black people talk. Gee. I wonder why so many people think Republicans are racists.”

Get ready for the “You’re a humorless Obama-loving liberal!” comments.


26 posted on 05/06/2008 7:58:42 AM PDT by hepatoma
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To: ClearCase_guy

Believe me, if this was about white kids not being able to get a job because they don’t speak Spanish, the tone would be very different.


28 posted on 05/06/2008 7:59:27 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: ClearCase_guy

You would think they would come over given how they’ve been screwed by open borders.

Perhaps they realize all of them are liars, and would rather just pick the liar that is “one of their own”.

Looking at it that way, I just don’t see it happening.

“Bilingual preferred” affects all groups adversely-not just black teens. It happens in every sector. While I can see the practicality of some businesses in some areas preferring bilingual employees, the concept is also a screaming example of discrimination in hiring, and should be treated as such.


29 posted on 05/06/2008 8:00:55 AM PDT by Califreak (Hangin' with Hunter-under the bus "Dread and Circuses")
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To: Technoman
The point is that many African American kids from poor families are largely impacted by illegal aliens taking service jobs they should be doing, but their "leaders" are mostly silent on this issue.

Why isn't Jessie Jackson out in front of one of these businesses?

30 posted on 05/06/2008 8:02:02 AM PDT by Technoman
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To: whatshotandwhatsnot
I had to return something at Walmart

The store that brings you everything cheap at your expense.

31 posted on 05/06/2008 8:02:19 AM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts
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To: Wolfie

I know when I first started job hunting here in S. FL many of the jobs required bilingual folk. I didn’t even apply, since I don’t speak enough Spanish to consider myself bilingual. But, this affects everyone, it would seem.

susie


32 posted on 05/06/2008 8:02:27 AM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: Eurale
consider refraining from speculating on other people’s views regarding race.

You made a sweeping generalization about what black people will "always" do. Your comment (#15)was not a positive one and has been expunged. But you seem to think you're the good guy and I am out of line. Have a nice day.

33 posted on 05/06/2008 8:03:00 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: Technoman

Because Jessie would like to have, as followers, illegal aliens and their offspring.

susie


34 posted on 05/06/2008 8:03:35 AM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: Eurale; ClearCase_guy
FWIW: I spent most of my high school years in South Florida, where the low-end labor force is filled with immigrants from Latin America and the Carribbean. Never had any problem finding a job, nor working with my ethnic/immigrant coworkers.

This is just another attempt by the activists to show that they "care" about blacks in the unlikely event that they will join the anti-illegal movement. They aint gonna be joining us Crackahs on this or any other issue anytime soon.

35 posted on 05/06/2008 8:04:14 AM PDT by Clemenza (I Live in New Jersey for the Same Reason People Slow Down to Look at Car Crashes)
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To: rock_lobsta

That’s the way it is in California. I was in Northern Cal this weekend in a town called Morgan Hill. Stopped at McD’s, and we were the only white family in the restaurant at the time. Everyone was speaking Spanish— employees and customers. It’s like that a lot in the farming towns. I live in a farming town, so I’m used to it.

However, I was in Davis earlier in the weekend, and I didn’t see very many Latino folks, even though it’s a farm community. There seemed to be different crops there, requiring less manual labor, so I surmised that might be a reason.


36 posted on 05/06/2008 8:04:16 AM PDT by hoppity
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To: Technoman
Aprenda espanol hoy, evite la prisa manana.


37 posted on 05/06/2008 8:05:37 AM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: ClearCase_guy
And a lot of the comments are just making fun of how black people talk.

Agreed! And these same fools--with their heads up their a#$es--will likely wonder how their country was taken from them.

38 posted on 05/06/2008 8:08:48 AM PDT by Technoman
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To: Technoman
On a related note....

The Rainbow Coalition Evaporates Black anger grows as illegal immigrants transform urban neighborhoods.

39 posted on 05/06/2008 8:09:25 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: Technoman

Yup. When my daughter was 15 she was hired at the local McDonald’s specifically because she was the only employee who could speak good clear English, and the management thought it would be nice to have someone for English-speaking customers. But most of the clientele was Spanish and didn’t want to deal with her. She found the harassment, sexual and otherwise, from the Spanish too much to endure and left after about six months.


41 posted on 05/06/2008 8:09:34 AM PDT by ottbmare
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To: rock_lobsta

Because the liberal apparati have made it (stupidly) unnecessary to even learn enough English to order fast food. In the future, the anglos will be forced to learn Spanish lest we jeapordize their “culture”. Another nail in the coffin of the proud USA!


42 posted on 05/06/2008 8:10:46 AM PDT by Dionysius (Jingoism is no vice.)
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To: Clemenza
"This is just another attempt by the activists to show that they "care" about blacks in the unlikely event that they will join the anti-illegal movement."

There aren't any 'activists' mentioned in the story.

It is not another attempt by activists as you say.

It is simply the true current state of affairs for many people in California, Florida and many other places. It's not just young black people who are affected but young black kids often have less options available to them.

43 posted on 05/06/2008 8:18:40 AM PDT by Hoof Hearted
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To: hoppity
That’s the way it is in California. I was in Northern Cal this weekend in a town called Morgan Hill.

If this was the McDonald's off Monterey Highway, they were well known for hiring kids of all colors. And at that time (pre 1986 amnesty), Morgan Hill had even more agricultural activity, the illegal aliens mostly working in the fields. Around twenty years ago, the service businesses in Morgan Hill abruptly replaced the kids with Latino immigrants with limited English skills. This happened so quick, it's almost as if the business community got together and decided to make the transition at once.

44 posted on 05/06/2008 8:23:08 AM PDT by Technoman
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To: hoppity
"However, I was in Davis earlier in the weekend, and I didn’t see very many Latino folks, even though it’s a farm community. There seemed to be different crops there, requiring less manual labor, so I surmised that might be a reason."

Yeah, there's a reason. It's called the University of California at Davis, one of the largest universities in the U.C. system. College students often work at these type of jobs, and you have to speak decent English to be a student there.

45 posted on 05/06/2008 8:23:43 AM PDT by Hoof Hearted
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To: Hoof Hearted

You have to speak English to get into UCD???

THAT’S RACIST!!!!


46 posted on 05/06/2008 8:30:50 AM PDT by null and void (My brain is a sieve, and Aratosthenes is nowhere to be found. ~ Stolen from Darksheare...)
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To: mewzilla
On a related note....

Yes, Terry Anderson, the only talk show host that speaks the truth on illegal immigration.

The Terry Anderson Show

47 posted on 05/06/2008 8:34:08 AM PDT by Technoman
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To: Technoman
My #2 son went through the same problem in Mira Mesa (northern San Diego) when he was in high school. As a white male he faced two problems. Most of the fast food places were "owned" by management that preferred Asian teens. The others insisted on bilingual (English/Spanish) skills. He learned Spanish and developed a great rapport with his Asian friends at school by tutoring the AP classes and conducting study sessions at night. Good references make a difference in overcoming obstacles.

While bilingual skills are a good thing, it is NOT good when all the employees speak only Spanish in an English speaking country. I've encountered that problem at a McDonald's in Greenwood Village (south of Denver). English speaking customers were reduced to pointing at a pictorial menu on the ordering counter and holding up fingers for the number wanted. Substitutions? Too bad. No accommodation for that.

48 posted on 05/06/2008 8:45:03 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Wolfie
Believe me, if this was about white kids not being able to get a job because they don’t speak Spanish, the tone would be very different.

It happens everyday. It happened to my son. He solved the problem by learning Spanish. What "tone" did you have in mind?

49 posted on 05/06/2008 8:47:33 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: rock_lobsta
Someone can’t learn to order fast food in ENGLISH!

Why bother when everyone, including the government, is catering to your laziness in not learning English?

50 posted on 05/06/2008 8:52:02 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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