Black, White, Civilian or just plain Young?  

rm_95Renegade 51M
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9/11/2006 12:39 am

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10/7/2006 7:59 pm

Black, White, Civilian or just plain Young?

I don't know what it is with today's youngsters. In this case, by youngsters, I am talking about the young workforce about 18-25.

I am fairly new to the civilian world (only been non-Air Force now for just over 1-1/2 years). I am managing a crew that unloads trucks and stocks freight during the night shift. During my 1-1/2 years in the civilian workforce in Montgomery, about 80-90% of the physical non-management retail workers I've come in contact with are black males. Also in Montgomery, about 80-90% of the non-physical non-management retail workers (like cashiers) I've come in contact with are black females.

At first, I thought it might be a black thing but then our store management started hiring a few white workers and it was the same. It seems to me that all these youngsters, be they black or white, want to do is fight. Black worker A accidentally bumps into black worker B with a box of freight and doesn’t say “excuse me” right away and immediately black worker B wants to fight. Black worker C swipes the order picker forklift while white worker A’s back is turned and immediately white worker A wants to fight. White Manager A tells black worker D to quit talking on his cell phone while he is on the clock and immediately black worker D wants to fight. White worker B asks black worker E to quit saying the N word twice in every sentence that comes out of his mouth and immediately black worker E wants to fight. White worker A knocks a stack of freight down that almost hits white worker B and immediately white worker B wants to fight.

Is this the case with civilians all over the United States? Perhaps it is the sad state of education in the inner cities of Alabama. Oh, me? Originally, I am from a small town in Pennsylvania but I’ve served eighteen years of my Air Force career stationed in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. I only came to Montgomery because I got transferred from Hurlburt Field, FL to Maxwell AFB, AL. I went ahead and got a temporary job here in Montgomery until I decide for sure what I want to do with the rest of my life.

Does anyone out there have any input for me on this subject? I’d really like to know if it is the same in the civilian world in other parts of the country too.

free2chose2 67F

9/11/2006 6:08 am

To the above post, mainly young flexing muscles and arranging a pecking system.

Now,the main reason I came here, your post comment to mzhuny.
My reply to you which I'm sure you've heard many times but it didn't seem to register. You had no idea that was a teen and not a terrorist
in that truck that night. Case closed!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't worry, be Happy

rm_95Renegade replies on 9/12/2006 10:07 am:
Well, you are partially right. It has sank in that it wasn't my fault but 15 years after the incident I still can't let go of the fact that I took an innocent life no matter the reason. I have made HUGE strides in the past few months though because until just this year, I've not been able to discuss this issue with anyone. Thank you for your positive comments. It is good to know there are still caring people in this world.

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