While the election of President Obama almost 5 years ago made me proud to be an American once again, seeing “Family Assistant” job postings are one of the things that make me embarrassed to be American because it is such an “Ugly American” thing to do.
How arrogant is someone to assume that their family is above the families of others and requires an assistant? How dare you assume that the day-to-day chores that every family does are somehow more important than those same chores that occur in the homes of others?
I’m guessing that the people who post these are snide, upper-middle class White people who are so clueless as to the fact that they’re rotting in hell and they haven’t got the first clue. If you’re spread so thin that you can’t even take care of your children properly, shame on you. Do you know how many people out there would love to have a “family assistant” but still manage to take care of what they need to take care of without one? So, by hiring a “family assistant” you are saying that, instead of giving your commitments the attention they crave and deserve, you’ll just throw money at them and make them someone else’s problem. Again, typical American attitude.
Don’t even get me started on how many of those ads require fluency in English either. The way that requirement is included is usually dripping with racist undertones. So, it’s not enough that they can’t even take care of their family themselves, now they want to deny an opportunity to a hard-working person from Latin America or Eastern Europe. (I realize nannies can come from anywhere but the nannies I have seen have all been from the parts of the world I mentioned.)
The most infuriating part of this is that the people who post “family assistant” jobs are probably the same people who will criticize a young Black woman for having children and being on welfare. “If you can’t take care of your kids, don’t have them.” They’ll say to their country club chums while sipping Johnnie Walker Blue Label and having a laugh at the expense of the poor Hispanic waiter.
The joke’s on you, my friends. The young Black woman you so ruthlessly mock has you defeated. She’s put her pride aside and is only receiving welfare because she works 12 hour days and still manages to get her kids to school clean and fed.
And all without a “family assistant.”