We have heard a lot about those who teach English as a second language are hired not because of their ability in English but because of their skin color. Because of this, white people are more likely to be hired. I believe this is true to a certain extent. What about people of other skin colors, say, black people? You may be interested in the story I am going to tell you.
I was in a little chat with my boss while he was driving me home today and I learned that we have got a new teacher coming early to replace the one who was laid off two weeks ago.
Someone different this time
It came as a surprise to learn that we have got someone from Nigeria this time. Unlike the teachers before who were usually Caucasian, we have a black guy this time. Don’t get me wrong! I am not against any particular race. What came up immediately in my mind when I was told this news was: Why a black guy this time? We haven’t had any before. Japanese people are so into the United State as everyone knows. The society in general puts much focus on the States when it comes to something related to the west, newspapers, magazines, TV, books, etc. The States has got a historically high unemployment rate right now so it should be easy to get someone from there, right?
Why color outweighs qualification and experience?
After my asking about the reason, I realized that it is not because we cannot get someone from the States, but because of the fact that the last two teachers did not work out, with one vanishing overnight and the other did not pass the probation due to complaints from 4 out of the 5 schools she works at, he wanted to try something new, something different to see if it works. And because the two before were Caucasian, so he concluded that it is because of their race so this time he is trying another color. Undoubtedly, this kind of random testing based on over-generalized conclusion is precarious. I do not have idea as to whether the guy we got this time will work or not. But I am sure the company has got the whole issue wrong.
Wanna get hired? Get tanned!
The second teacher who got complaints has nothing to do with her skin color or where she is from, but because she is inexperienced and her background, being a child growing up in an affluent family makes her lack of social knowledge and awareness. So, it’s the screening process that they should review, not the skin color of the applicants. Anyways, it’s the first time I realize that being black is not a disadvantage, but an advantage. No wonder tanning salons are flourishing these days and news often comes around reporting someone almost gets killed because of prolonged tanning in these salons! Getting a darker skin color can truly raise your competitive edge on the job market! Believe it or not.