Admit it. We have all fallen asleep on the job before. Perhaps after a delicious lunch and upon returning to the office our eyes just happen to slowly close and before you know it, 5 p.m. has rolled around and its time to go home.
Black people and white people both fall asleep at work. However, white people rarely have a chance to fall asleep while on one job, because of the incredible few white people who are employed by the Washington DC Metro Authority:
“Metro employees are recruited and hired in a way that reflects racial favoritism towards African Americans rather than merit-based hiring. The percentage of white employees at Metro is so shockingly low as to provide powerful statistical evidence of discrimination, since it is much smaller than their percentage of both the qualified labor pool and the general population, both in the District of Columbia, and in the Washington, D.C. region as a whole. The racial breakdown of Metro’s workforce in and of itself easily qualifies as proof of a prima facie case of pattern-or-practice racial discrimination under the Supreme Court’s Teamsters decision.”
Not only that, but the Metro system in Washington DC has no problem hiring Black criminals, an honorable thing to do to those who have paid their debt to society, until they get killed in a fight with an off-duty cop:
“The Metrobus driver slain in an encounter with an off-duty D.C. police officer had a violent past that included being charged with two killings and a 10-year prison term for armed robbery.
Just two months after Jelani Khalid Slay was released from federal prison on robbery and gun charges, he was hired by Metro to drive a city bus.”
Recently, a teen from Maryland caught a Black person – who was the conductor of the metro train – asleep at the wheel:
“A 14-year-old Metro passenger captured stunning footage on the Green Line in Maryland. Gregory Thomas said he was riding the line June 18 and witnessed the train operator asleep at the controls…”At first he’s dozing off then, he’s not in a full sleep. I see him start to doze off and his head going limp,” Thomas said.”
Fallen asleep on the job normally means the potential of your face smashing into your keyboard, or you falling out of your chair. Maybe some drool on your tie. In the case of this DC Metro Train operator, it could possibly mean a fatal crash that could take the lives of everyone on board the train.
Word those traveling in Washington DC; Stuff Black People Don’t Like includes staying awake while operating a Washington DC metro train and since the DC metro is overwhelmingly staffed by Black people, it might be safe to just walk. Or not, according to the homicide rate for DC in 2008:
“Murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults increased 6.5 percent in the first six months of last year, according to an internal D.C. police report obtained this week by The Examiner. The department has not publicly released the statistics.”
It might be best to steer clear of Washington DC all together, judging by the sleep patterns of Black metro conductors, the hiring practices that ensure more sleep deprived Black people will man the trains and the rising homicide rate in our nations capitol.