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6/19/2014

Working for the Obama Administration: Like Working on the “Plantation”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:26 pm

Specifically, the part of the Obama Adminstration known as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

A former employee of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Wednesday compared the workplace atmosphere to a “plantation,” because of how black employees such as himself were treated.

In the third House Financial Services subcommittee hearing to address claims of discrimination against the CFPB, Kevin Williams, a former quality assurance monitor at the agency, painted a picture where black employees were constantly belittled – even to the point where they were stereotypically offered fried chicken at company lunches.

“I was a charter member in the intake unit, which, indeed, came to be referred to as the ‘plantation,’” Williams testified. “There, I personally witnessed and was the victim of racial discrimination perpetrated by black as well as white managers. The unit was dubbed the ‘plantation,’ because when we started, the majority of black employees were assigned to intake, which was basically data entry.”

After the team’s one white employee was transferred to another division, “someone then remarked that this looked like a ‘damn plantation,’ and the nickname stuck,” Williams added.

Racists

16 Responses to “Working for the Obama Administration: Like Working on the “Plantation””

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. Obama inherited the Plantation from Boooosh.

    Elephant Stone (80b246)

  3. it’s worse cause of what a lame ghetto-oriented obsessed-with-payday-loans-and-such bureau it is

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  4. If it’s a plantation, then someone needs to tell that Cliven Bundy guy that his cattle can’t graze on the property. Or something.

    Elephant Stone (80b246)

  5. it’s more of a metaphorical plantation – you know – like public schools

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  6. “…The unit was dubbed the ‘plantation,’ because when we started, the majority of black employees were assigned to intake, which was basically data entry.”

    Here’s a question: What was the competence level of those black folk? If they were fully qualified to do other things but were plopped into data entry, that could certainly be a problem. But if they were entry-level employees with only basic skills, there’s no reason to expect them to be placed anywhere else.

    “Ranking Member Al Green (D-Texas) and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) both ranted against racism, but seemed dismissive of the specific claims against the CFPB. At one point late in the hearing, Green began shouting at the witnesses.”

    In an ideal world, two reliable black conservatives will have just been created.

    Blacque Jacques Shellacque (9940a5)

  7. I wonder if these people on the plantation get to play as much golf during work hours, as Obama The Overseer does.

    Elephant Stone (80b246)

  8. There have been lots of complaints about that agency. Either the head guy is a tyrant, or the employees are not used to working for an agency outside the protective cocoon of the bureaucracy. I think it’s under the Fed, right?

    I tend to think it’s a terrible place to work, as the head guy just gave out a bunch of bonuses. Hush money.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  9. The head guy wasn’t even legally appointed to the position. Shocking.

    JD (d11cfd)

  10. isn’t this elizabeth warren’s agency with no meaningful oversight that Harry Reid made magically unkillable?

    we should kill it

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  11. Speaking of Hairy Reed, I’m sure he’ll let us know how this all is the fault of the Koch Brothers.
    Or something.

    Elephant Stone (80b246)

  12. “Give ‘em hell, Harry !”
    GO TO HELL, Harry.

    Elephant Stone (80b246)

  13. @6
    But if they were entry-level employees with only basic skills, there’s no reason to expect them to be placed anywhere else.

    Maybe whoever was hiring was racist and only hired black people?

    malclave (4f3ec1)

  14. Waitaminnit, this is Elizabeth Warren’s baby, that was created and designed specifically for her to run, until those evil Rs in the Senate refused to confirm her. And this is the agency that got rid of performance evaluations because too many black people were failing them, so they decided evaluating performance was too patriarchal, and everyone should get bonuses regardless of how they performed. This is the agency they’re complaining about?!

    Obama inherited the Plantation from Boooosh.

    That dog won’t hunt in this case; the agency didn’t even exist in Booosh’s day. This is all on 0bama.

    Milhouse (b95258)

  15. Maybe this is because the govt hired so many token blacks that were below the bell curve they had to find someplace to put them where they couldn’t screw things up too bad?

    Smarty (efeb5a)

  16. Whine whinety-whine black blackety black black legacy-of-slavery snivel-whine.

    celebratehomogeneity (abb685)


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