Last month, Jennifer Freeman sat in a Chicago coffee bar, counting her blessings and considering her problem. She had a husband with an M.B.A. degree, two children and a job offer that would let her dig out the education degree she had stashed away during years of playdates and potty training.
But she could not accept the job. After weeks of searching, Ms. Freeman, who is African-American, still could not find a nanny for her son, 5, and daughter, 3. Agency after agency told her they had no one to send to her South Side home.
Numerous black parents successfully employ nannies, and many sitters say they pay no regard to race. But interviews with dozens of nannies and agencies that employ them in Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Houston turned up many nannies — often of African-American or Caribbean descent themselves — who avoid working for families of those backgrounds. Their reasons included accusations of low pay and extra work, fears that employers would look down at them, and suspicion that any neighborhood inhabited by blacks had to be unsafe.
Though this article ultimately makes it's point, it takes an awfully long time to leave the impression that it is not whites who are responsible for this problem. This is a problem of the black community's own making.
The first thing I'd look at as a white person, in babysitting a black child, is the inevitable screams of 'racisms!' that I'm afraid would be bandied about every time the child got disciplined by me. How long would it take before the child would figure out he could get rid of, or actually punish, a nanny he didn't like simply by saying 'Mommy, she called me a nigger!'? What white person would want to set themselves up for the resulting personal injury lawsuit and damage to their personal reputation?
Black parents seem predisposed to believe their child over ANY other available authority, eyewitnesses, and the facts in the case. How many Mummias and OJs, Michael Jacksons, Tawana Brawleys etc. have we seen--with the black community, en masse, saying 'they din do it'? How many news broadcasts, episodes of Highway Patrol, have we seen wherein a black person guns down a cop, or is carrying drugs, or some such, and his people are clawing at the police, screaming at his arrest--usually with his mom in the lead--bellowing 'he din do it!'?
When a white person is involved with black person, I have NEVER seen, heard about, or read of a situation where the black person believed something a white person told them over that of another black person. To think a white person being the nanny of a black child--with all the issues of discipline, housekeeping, rebellion, etc. that come up--it's only common sense to think there'd be the possibility of huge problems. That's a problem black people have made for themselves.
As is the problem/perception of crime in black communities. Why, when we turn on the news, as the article states, why DO we see so many minorities committing crimes? We can watch any news broadcast, riot, read any newspaper, see any episode of COPS, Cold Case Files, Houston/Dallas/Detroit SWAT--even Dog the Bounty Hunter--and one minority, many times black, is brought before us.
Of course, the Leftist flipdips will scream 'biased reporting!'--but crime stats do not support this (and I sure haven't noticed the media being so terribly rightwing that they'd gladly take up the racist cause of reporting ONLY minority crimes. The media is only too happy to hide racial aspects when it's black-on-white crime, or to point out 'hate crimes' when it's the other way around.)
If black people don't want their communities branded as unsafe, then they need to make them safer--that's a no-brainer. You'd think all the bars on the windows I see on the homes--even those of wealthy blacks--ought to tell them something about their own people. It sure isn't whites that sneak into black areas of town to do crime undetected!
It was very funny that the article said that a certain nanny agency wouldn't send nannies to Prince Georges County, Maryland; THAT'S WHERE UPTOWNSTEVE, Steve Vaughn, of FPM fame, lives! LOL! While at FPM, he constantly touted his community as being just shy of the Kennedy's Hyannisport--how rich and safe it was, all chock-full of wealthy-as-snot black people. It seems this nanny agency could tell him a thing or two about his fellow blacks because they sure don't want to work there!
As far as blacks seeming like arrogant, unfair, 'uppity' employers to other blacks--that's a perception of which they alone are in control. In this oh-so-correct PC era, we whites walk on eggshells around blacks and other minorities, for problems they have made for themselves. Their self-stoked delicate sensibilities and their constant sense of supposed 'outrage' over every miniscule episode they can glean from every itty-bitty, meaningless social interaction has consequences.
I would prefer not to hire a black person, were I in business, because who on earth would want a whiney, snivelly UptownClown on their hands--ready to drop a lawsuit on your desk for some manufactured 'insult', or doing as little as possible so he didn't work one whit harder than the white coworker next to him? (And then, just TRY and fire him if that work wasn't up to par, or he was doing less than his white coworkers!) Who wants someone like that working for them who massages and magnifies every personal abridgement of what he thinks his rights ought to be, and who is watchdogging every social interface? It'd just be simpler, less of a headache, to hire someone white.
I'd sure hate having a black BOSS who was so easily offended. Maybe the nannies--white and black--think so, too.