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originally posted by: intrepid
Slang creeps into language.
originally posted by: crazyewok
I run a small buisness in the south London area. And I have noticed the extreme lack of communication skills among the black community.
I am binning around 8 out of 10 black applicants applications after speaking to them, not due to them being black, but there inability to string a coherent sentence together. In fact I have noticed this "urban" talk in some white candidates too, though not to the same extent, and resulting in equal binned applications.
Why is this?
Surely one must realise that urban "English " is not correct for the work place, interviews and especially not CV's?
Surely one can not expect to be employable with such poor communication skills?
Is this one of the reasons behind current black poverty and unemployment? Has a innercity culture incompatible with the job market established itself?
Is the poor communication skills driving the problems in community integration?
I know it may be rich comings from dyslexic me! But I am not talking missing a letter here or there, useing a comma instead of a full stop or getting the odd i and e round the wrong way on a message board. Im talking barely legible spoken or written English here on CV's and interviews .
originally posted by: Whereismypassword
Also watched the video posted by the OP showing this Jamaica sounding street slang and I'm at a loss to why anyone would want to talk this way when it makes them sound like uneducated idiots
originally posted by: mysterioustranger
a reply to: crazyewok
I saw on the morning Detroit News shows that they are teaching Shakespeare to rap music altering the real words so the kids...s bopping...will "get him".
I'm at a loss...we're doomed.
originally posted by: Revolution9
originally posted by: crazyewok
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
I received a resume last year and, under experience, the person listed, this is verbatim, 'Helping day customers wit day bags.'
This person, sadly, will never have meaningful employment.
O god. That has minimum wage for life written all over it!
Hah! I managed to get this far before you set me on fire and just had to reply.
You bigot, you. In your OP I could gather enough information to have you in court for racial discrimination as an employer. Is a Scottish or Irish or Cornish person suitable to you, because many of them have equally colloquial variance of vernacular? The English language incorporates many variants. Patois among the Jamaican people is just one example. You are too much the judge in life. You are measuring out your own narrow standards as something we should all be striving for. You are old fashioned, too. Too late, the world will not bow to your white England. Most native white English people I speak to have a terrible grasp of their native language.
I wonder what you would think of me? I have studied at university and did an English Literature degree. I have written so many poems, songs and read so much prose and poetry. I am totally versed in one of the English language's most eloquent poets. I expect verbally I am more experienced than you. Yet I scowl at your version of England and what a person should be. Indeed, I am in rebellion. I operate outside of your society very successfully and live a free life away from the fetters of your imprisoning perception. The black person who you unfairly judge on their language abilities and accent is my friend and I can see deeper the value of their being beyond the veneer of an illusion of outward propriety. Some of the most eloquent, intelligent, well presented high society individuals have committed unspeakable crimes. Intelligence, eloquence and the cut of your garment does not guarantee an individual of good character. Frequently mutton is dressed up as lamb.
The worst of it is that you are the biggest victim because you judge, dismiss and lose out on so much LIFE! I could judge you and call you names because of your dyslexia, but I would never do that. I see deeper than that. I will not ask you to be anything other than who you are. If I was black and stuttered you have told me that you would throw my application away. I would not work for an employer like you even if it meant starving.
originally posted by: aeonminder
Ah... The irony of the OP not being able to spell "contributing" in the title of this thread is sublime.
I postulate it is definitely the OP's lack of education, and possibly their skin colour that contributed to the hilarity - and I also doubt his ability to find gainful employment due to one too may "e"'s in his contribution to society.