I was visiting my local Wells Fargo branch and, as I was standing in line, I noticed the ubiquitous bald black man sitting behind his desk. Every bank in America is required to have a bald black man among its staff. Preferably, the bald black man should not be a mere teller; a teller is too humble. The bald black man should be an actual banker – complete with his own filing cabinet and business cards. The bald black man must be within the ages of 20 and 50 and he absolutely cannot have any hair on his head. Each morning, as he arrives at work, his head is inspected for signs of hair. If hair is found, there is another bald black man waiting to take his place behind the desk. Furthermore, the bald black man cannot be a “light-skinned black” and I’m pretty sure there are minimum height requirements as well.
But this post is not really about bald black men in banks. After all, it is not only banks that have the bald-black-man rule. Where I work, we also have a bald black man engineer and, as far as most of us can tell, he does practically nothing; he gets paid to sit at his desk and be a bald black man. What this post is about is what I noticed as I was leaving the bank:
Apparently Wells Fargo is not interested in marketing their mortgages to whites – or even Hispanics or Asians. These were the only depictions of people in the entire entrance area. Isn’t there some sort of law that says there must be at least one white face in every group? Can’t we have some inclusiveness?