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Boss: You’re fired! Employee: Why? Boss: Because you’re incompetent. Employee: That’s not why. You are firing me because I’m black. Boss: No, I am firing you because you lied about your experience and your abilities and do not follow simple instructions. Employee: Why don’t you just admit you’re a racist? Boss: Because I’m not a racist - you were black when I hired you. Employee: I bet you only hired me to fill some token quota and to feel good about yourself. Boss: Again no, I hired you because you assured me you were qualified and able to do the job better than any other applicant. It was a merit based decision. Employee: You’re not only a racist but a liar too. You can’t hide your cultural hatred. Boss: I find your remarks offensive. Employee: Ha! I am the one who is offended and oppressed by your white privilege. Boss: Please clear out your desk and leave immediately. Employee: Why? I am not your slave and you are not my master. I am free to come an go as I wish. I ain’t going anywhere. Boss: You leave me no choice but to call the police. Employee: Yes, go ahead, call your white racist police to bully and victimise me again but this ain’t over. Boss:What do you mean this ain’t over? Employee: I’m gonna sue your ungrateful white a$$. Boss: Sue me! For what? For your incompetency? Employee: For discrimination in the workplace and unlawful termination. I won’t be subjugated by you. Boss: You were given repeated warnings about your substandard work and your attitude which you failed to comply with. Employee: I’m not your property or chattel to do with as you please. Everything you own was built off the backs of people like me. Boss: That’s nonsense. I spent a lifetime building this business with hard work and didn’t exploit anyone in doing so. What do you hope to gain? Employee: I will sue you for long overdue reparations. Boss: I won’t be paying you a dime. I am the boss and entitled to fire who I please. Who do you think you are? Employee: I am the victim of institutional cultural racism. Boss: I think you will find that the evidence does not support your position and any court proceedings would be costly and futile. You clearly breached the terms of your employment. Employee: Evidence! Who needs evidence! I am a black person in Biden’s America and my court is the court of public opinion. I will drag your business and your reputation through the mud of trial by media so that they persecute you like you persecuted me. And you will lose and generously compensate me for the pain and suffering your white privilege has caused me. Still want to fire me? February 2021

Copyright © | Year Posted 2021




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Date: 3/25/2021 6:58:00 AM
It’s interesting how you chose to portray the black man in this piece. The way you portrayed him lacking proper language skills and putting your words in his mouth. I can see how this piece would be appealing to those who share your perspective. Congrats to you as well for POTD.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/25/2021 7:22:00 AM
Firstly, there’s no reference to gender. And secondly, he or she or whichever of the countless genders you liberals identify as these days does not demonstrate poor language skills. They demonstrate a sense of entitlement and empowerment championed by the left. Only a PC ideologue like yourself wouldn’t see that.
Date: 3/22/2021 2:07:00 AM
Well, I don't have a "HUMBLE OPINION". My opinion is this: You are clearly an "A$$hole" and again full of SHET and must have been brainwashed from birth. Other than that....you have NO excuse! And, I realize REASON will not sway you. By-the-way, BLM!!!!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/22/2021 5:32:00 AM
Your parents must be so proud. Seems to me you’ve misjudged your audience here - I think you belong on Twitter with all the other bleeding heart Stalinist tragics.
Date: 3/3/2021 7:31:00 PM
I found this dialogue rather offensive and scarcely poetry. Just MHO.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/22/2021 5:26:00 AM
Can you two take your love-in someplace else?
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Carole Duet
Date: 3/22/2021 2:08:00 AM
Exactly, Milton!!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/3/2021 8:27:00 PM
Ces't la vie!
Date: 3/3/2021 2:00:00 PM
So many rants; so little time. Quite interesting to watch I must admit. But not at your expense. I'll bet PS Al-go-rhytym didn't anticipate these outcomes when in design mode. Humans can manipulate anything to their own devices. Hold Fast, Mate. (oops, there goes my target alert...)
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/3/2021 2:51:00 PM
All’s well at Wayne Manor I trust? At least these POTDs get people fired up and actually speak their minds instead of the usual cut and paste vacuous comments but to all my haters this Joker has just one question...why so serious?
Date: 3/3/2021 10:38:00 AM
Congratulations on your POTD selection. Although I am not knowledgeable of any such conversation I have worked for a company or two that looked the other way for fear of reprisals for any discipline that may have been needed by any particular employee. John
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/3/2021 2:43:00 PM
Cheers John. Nice to see ya!
Date: 3/3/2021 9:40:00 AM
Hi, Keith. Having read your poem and the responses AND today's POTD and the responses, I will carefully proceed with my response, which will address THIS piece, not anything else you have written. Your dialogue is excellent and timely. Is it a poem? Who the heck am I to say?! LOL! If I am an incompetent employee who has been warned and given time to improve my performance BUT I have not done so, my butt should be fired--regardless of race and/or gender. Then I should resolve to do much better at my next job, rather than declaring war on my former employer. That said--Congrats and have a great day.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/3/2021 2:42:00 PM
Hi Janice. I was trying to highlight how absurd these times are we’re living in where this obsession with political correctness, gender and especially race has become so toxic in our daily lives, increasingly so in the workplace. And it’s typical now to be labelled a racist if you don’t march to the same tune. I’m all for social justice but respect and reward must be earned. Cheers and thanks for your comment.
Date: 3/2/2021 12:04:00 AM
Can't say anything. Being white myself, I am not even aware of what blacks would be going through. But, yes, what you are saying, might have happened. In some cases Blacks could be evil and white could be good ones, but in others white could be evil and black could be good ones... It's 50/50... No, let it be 70/30. Some of my kin, don't like blacks. So on that basis I can say that.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/2/2021 4:16:00 PM
Jus askin.
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Paghunda Zahid
Date: 3/2/2021 6:42:00 AM
What's your point?
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/2/2021 2:13:00 AM
Here’s a question maybe someone can answer for me. What has Joe Biden and Obama ever done to lift the living standards and communities of African Americans and minorities? Obama and Joe sold them out to China long ago and are still selling them out.
Date: 3/1/2021 7:07:00 PM
Back with congratulations Sandra on the honour of POTD. Tom
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/1/2021 7:15:00 PM
Blessed are the cheesemakers!
Date: 3/1/2021 12:33:00 PM
Heya Keith congratulations on potd, But! here it comes, you didn’t quite finish the whole story, about plan B scenario where the disgruntled employee lost the plot, bought themself a nice semiautomatic, came back and wasted the boss and all the other staff, but that would never happen if Biden wasn’t president being it liberal America and all, cheers David
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Wayne Kingston
Date: 3/2/2021 11:57:00 AM
Not a "psyche" about guns. The basic idea is to keep govt out of your house, literally. 1st and 2nd Amendments are to ensure independence is retained from AMERICAN INTRIQUE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST (AIDS) govt. It is fundamental to freedom. Citizen guns in Russia, Iran, China, Syria, Venezuela, N.Korea, ????? Why do you think Biden and Lefties want citizens guns??? School shooting?? C'mon, Mate.
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David Kavanagh
Date: 3/2/2021 3:10:00 AM
I wish I could have about 8 pints of the stuff, 12 when I was a bit younger no problem, we’re all in lockdown over here til at least Easter, there are a few marches and scuffles breaking out, people are getting frustrated, oh yeah, now come on your whole (poem) is built on sophistry, I just added in the plan B, to balance out your leaning equation,
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/2/2021 2:07:00 AM
I’d need a Guinness or twelve to follow where you’re going with this. Too tangential for me. It’s okay to be a liberal, David, just don’t be liberal with your sophistries.
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David Kavanagh
Date: 3/2/2021 12:46:00 AM
Just diversionary tactics to avoid answering my realistic and all too familiar plan B scenario, my point was regardless of who is president, this can and will happen, but yet you cannot accept this outcome, much better to blame Biden and lefty liberalism, just another piece of your spin, it will work on some, but the vast majority it won’t, that’s why your out in the wilderness,
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/2/2021 12:03:00 AM
I sure would like to think so. I could never understand the American psyche about guns but after the events of the last 12 months I've become a staunch supporter of the right to bear arms. Lock and load!
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Wayne Kingston
Date: 3/1/2021 11:12:00 PM
Perhaps Mr. Boss is a 2nd Amendment proponent and ...responsibly prepared.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/1/2021 3:45:00 PM
Don't get me started on what this administration want to do to your 2nd Amendment. That's a whole other dissertation.
Date: 3/1/2021 10:30:00 AM
The sadness comes from the belief that the Left is actually concerned and helping these (any electoral) minorities. The politics of today have only self-interest as an agenda. Deconstruction of USA far behind??? ... Another topic: why is a dialogue dissertation deemed POTD? What part of Poem do we not understand...just curious.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/2/2021 12:04:00 AM
I hear ya.
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Wayne Kingston
Date: 3/1/2021 11:11:00 PM
Indeed. So much karp passes for poetry these days and Institutional POTD is the worst offender. No offense. :)
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/1/2021 3:38:00 PM
I agree, it's an odd choice for POTD as it clearly is not a poem but then I see some POTDs and just scratch my head but then I scratch my head a lot these days. Of course it raises that old chestnut what constitutes a poem.
Date: 3/1/2021 8:34:00 AM
Kudos for using your pen to say many things which are unsaid. Courageous post. Kudos for PoetrySoup for choosing such a well intended piece the POTD.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/1/2021 3:31:00 PM
Yeah, every once in a while it's nice to hear the truth over the spin. Congrats to admin. Cheers Ken.
Date: 3/1/2021 7:34:00 AM
I agree with Gershon . We are already there. Apart from the points in this good detailed story... How is censorship and silencing those speaking factual truth about wrong doing and difference of opinion, not racist? This happens now too. It is terrible and not unity. Congratulations for POTD!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/1/2021 3:30:00 PM
Ah, the voice of reason. So rare these days. Thanks Heidi.
Date: 3/1/2021 7:19:00 AM
Keith, the black and white issue rages in my country too. My only thought is what if the employee in fact did not do their job! Your writing is excellent, you know how to deliver a story, congratulations on your POTD _Constance
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/1/2021 3:28:00 PM
Thank you, Constance, for focusing the issue.
Date: 3/1/2021 6:42:00 AM
In answer to your title's question, I think that we're already pretty much there. The only reason it doesn't happen more often is that corporate America is pretty slick about how it terminates people these days. As for all the bloviation, I think it's just the final step toward the 'Two Separate Societies' that were predicted by the Kerner Commission Report way back in 1968 (to determine the causes of the 60's race riots). With ears closed, mouths open and screaming, we head into the abyss...
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/1/2021 3:23:00 PM
Love that word "bloviation".
Date: 3/1/2021 5:55:00 AM
I fully expected this piece to get POTD, PS doth not disappoint. Congratulations Keith. The Parlour is open!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/2/2021 3:28:00 AM
Shouldn’t Vanilla Ice be in woke exile for cultural appropriation? Or are the statutes of limitations up?
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 3/1/2021 8:31:00 PM
I think Vanilla Ice got a pass.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/1/2021 3:20:00 PM
Ice cream parlour? I'll have a vanilla ice! That's not racist is it?
Date: 3/1/2021 5:25:00 AM
And just to prove my point the Soup’s self-anointed arbiter of virtue and moral instruction (I won’t mention any identifying names, let’s call him Griff) posts a rant about how racist I am. I wonder, could it be he’s offended? He’s probably busy soupmailing admin and all his adoring functionaries as we speak. It’s good to know the Soup is still a refuge for freedom of expression no matter which end of the political spectrum you follow. We are a broad church.
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Heidi Sands
Date: 3/1/2021 7:36:00 AM
It is awful how those who voted for Trump no matter how good of people they were in life were called 'racist' and every name in the book. The hatred was appalling.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/1/2021 5:36:00 AM
And for all you bleeding hearts that think this is a racist post remember this, half of America (Democrats) think the other half is racist because they voted for Trump. That’s about as dumb and deranged as it gets.
Date: 3/1/2021 2:46:00 AM
Congratulations on Potd. I understand your concern. In India we have reservations for minorities. It is not right. Enjoy the honour. Take care, Rama
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 3/1/2021 4:02:00 AM
Thanks Rama. The liberal political class in America see everything through the lens of gender and race and smug moral self-righteousness. They live to be offended. America is no more racist than anywhere else. America is still the land of opportunity for every citizen despite what you read and hear in the woke corrupt media. Take care, and have a good night.
Date: 2/28/2021 4:26:00 PM
With the new legislation Biden is proposing soon employers won't be able to hire and fire as they see fit. Minorities will become a protected species no matter how incompetent or unsuited to the job for which they have been hired.
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 3/1/2021 10:20:00 AM
Have not heard about any such legislation. The President does not pass legislation (he can propose), the Congress does. I should think owners of companies will still have the right to hire, fire, and regulate their employees, according to performance. The owner of a company I once worked for said yes you can unionize, but if you do and are successful, I will simply shut down the company, period, and there will be no more jobs! He was successful.
Date: 2/28/2021 6:41:00 AM
Wow, nothing left to read between the lines here, your opinion on African Americans succinctly delivered. And here I thought a dingo ate your baby.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 2/28/2021 2:08:00 PM
Maybe you should switch to decaf, Maureen. This is not a treatise on African Americans but a reality check on the great scourge of our time, American liberalism. I save my contempt for bourgeois white progressives with their atheist Leninist ideals and humanities degrees.
Date: 2/28/2021 4:53:00 AM
...so if I take offense to your taking offense does that mean that you have to stop being offended because I took offense to your taking offense
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 2/28/2021 2:11:00 PM
Seems like so many wake up each morning looking for something new to be offended by. America has become a punchline!