economic times have affected us all. That's why I decided now was
the time to make a career change. So I began applying for jobs that
may not have paid as well as previous jobs but rather were jobs
that I knew I would enjoy.
You can do
this in America, I thought to myself. Of all the countries I have
lived in, the U.S. is truly the land of opportunity. Especially
for a white male!
Hooters. I'd always loved the atmosphere at Hooters. Men drinking
beer, eating chicken wings and watching sports. HooAaa! If I could
spend my days mingling with those guys I'd be a happy camper. Unfortunately
I was told that I have to be a woman to wait tables at Hooters.
Black Entertainment Television (BET). I always wanted to be on television.
Unfortunately, I was told that they limited the number of white
people appearing on BET.
the LPGA tour. I'd seen several women playing on the PGA tour so
certainly men could play on the women's tour. Unfortunately, I was
told that men are not permitted to compete on the LPGA tour.
a job at the V.A. but they gave it to a veteran
a job at Good Will Industries but they gave it to a handicapped
a job at a Muslim mosque but I was told I'd have to convert to Islam.
Finally I realized
that I would only be able to make a career change if I were to do
it myself. To invest my own money and time and effort into starting
a new business. So I decided to invest my life's savings and open
up my own business: a Hebrew Fitness Center catering to the wealthy
Jewish retirees in south Florida. Certainly a very rich and untapped
So I had to
hire fitness trainers.
was a young Jewish white girl who unfortunately was grossly overweight.
Certainly not the image a fitness center wants to present. I had
to turn her down.
a young, white, Muslim fellow who informed me that if hired would
need to pray 5 times a day. Unfortunately, I felt that, that kind
of possible tension in my fitness center could be detrimental to
business. I had to turn him down.
a handsome, fit, young black man who seemed perfect for the job
except he had no experience as a fitness trainer. I had to turn
In the end
I had to close my yet to open Jewish Fitness Center in order to
concentrate all my time and money on:
- The lawsuit
brought by the overweight white girl for sexual discrimination
- The lawsuit
brought by the Muslim man for religious discrimination
- The lawsuit
brought by the black man with no experience for racial discrimination
all my savings were gone as was my home and I had to move into a
homeless shelter. Nonetheless, I realized that no matter how bad
things get, at least I can be thankful that I live in a country
where the government doesn't control your life!
[send him mail] is an economist
living and working in Atlanta, Georgia.