My Office is too White
I live in Metro Detroit. A place that is one of the most diverse in the country. We have large populations of minorities here. Obviously there are many black people but on top of that we have a huge arabic population, hispanic population, and asian population. I could go on and on. Despite being somewhat segregated the metro Detroit area is a huge melting pot.
I've worked at my current job for 10 years. In that time I've seen the minority population in my office go from roughly 50% of the office being non-white to a current situation where we have 3 black people in an office of over 70 people. We have zero representation for any other minorities. We have nobody in the office who speaks a language other than English. We used to have people fluent in Spanish and Arabic and Russian. Not any more.
So out of the 3 black people we have 2 of them are in support. They are women who move boxes and answer phones and they sit at the front desk like postcards for diversity. Meanwhile I'm surrounded now by increasingly younger people who come from the suburbs and have little experience with people outside of their narrowing worldview.
This homogenization is very disturbing to me. We are hiring barbie and kens straight out of college by the score. I can't even remember the last time we interviewed someone who wasn't white.
I almost feel like complaining to HR about this but I know that would be a dubious move for my job security. At the same time I have heard some disturbing trends in the office. Code words like "Detroit claim" (Detroit = black) or "Dearborn claim" (Dearborn = arabic). On one occasion after getting off the phone with a black person a supervisor in the office said, "Wow, you handled that well. You speak their language!" I was too shocked to really respond but it really pissed me off afterwards.
I am lost in a sea of salt. I grew up in black urban culture and I don't really identify with these people. I certainly don't want to hear vaguely racist banter all day long. Our customer service has tanked and it is getting to the point where anyone who doesn't sound like a white professional gets lumped into the "ghetto" or "foreign" category and treated without the respect or dignity I think our clients deserve. These people pay our wages.
As a white guy how am I supposed to complain about being around too many white people?
I can't wait to quit this damned job. What used to be a family owned business has been McCorpritized and I no longer recognize who I work for. I don't agree with our business practices or values. I feel somewhat trapped because of the current economic situation in the state but it is getting to the point where my work day is so frustrating I am having trouble leaving it behind me and bringing my bad mood home from work.
Not sure what discussion will come of this but I wonder what the Goodjer collective thinks.
PS: Don't trust YT. >.>