This week a white dude took video of African-American City Hall Workers taking a nap on the job and there were political repercussions across this town.
Or at least there was a lot of local (self) righteous indignation.
Overall, the “Sleeping City Workers” is a pretty standard story. It’s more like a substitute for local news and akin to those “tales of campaign sign stealing” that always crop up around election time.
But, as usual, there’s more to this story that meets the eye. Let’s take a look:
First of all, let’s look at the story in context: In the midst of The Great Recession this story is about nothing more than frustration that the government is the only organization still hiring. Now, because government is the only entity that really follows anti-discrimination employment law — their workforce is more diverse. And, just like the stereotypical frustration with The Black President, this has caused a great deal of jealousy amid so many reactionary white folks down on their luck.
About the pious proclamations about sleepy City Hall workers...
This underestimates how many workers in every industry spend most of the day goofing off. From Internet and Facebook time draining productivity from middle-class workers to the good old fashion fake sick day or 3-hour lunch. Let’s be forthright, the so-called “American Work Ethic” is a myth and nothing more than a nice bit of propaganda intended to justify an overall sense of entitlement that exists in this culture.
Truth to power: Nobody works harder than the Chinese Toddlers that keep Wal-Mart fully stocked.
So, it’s not really upsetting to me that KCMO Construction Workers are well rested. What’s more annoying is that the racial dynamic of this pointless story remains unspoken.