Meet controversial yet thought provoking author Asa Leveaux. His lastest book Why I Won’t Hire Black People has sparked a large discussion about racial profiling in the U.S. which is something that many black people face in their quest for employment.
We sat down with this emerging author to get the entire scoop BEhind the book & his passions BEhind his educational framework.
WHAT WAS YOUR MOTIVATION BEHIND WRITING YOUR BOOK WHY I WON’T HIRE BLACK PEOPLE?
My motivation for writing Why I Won’t Hire Black People came from a personal realization after an inquiry by a mentor that was caucasian. My motivation came from hearing family members talk about issues at their workplaces without seeing the fault that they had within themselves. It came from a paradigm shift that older Black men and women discuss with me about when Black owned businesses where just as good if not better than the white establishments on the other side of town but how we now collectively expect the worst from ourselves. For instance, if you have a fast food restaurant chain that serves chicken we consciously, and maybe subconsciously, expect that the chain on “the Black side of town” or on Martin Luther King Blvd in Anywhere, USA will have a lower standard of service, cleanliness, etc.
AFTER PEOPLE READ THE BOOK, WHAT FEELINGS DO YOU WANT THEM TO LEAVE WITH?
After Black people read my book, in its entirety, I want them to leave with the fact that our color is an asset to any organization instead of a liability or a water-cooler reference of affirmative action. What I want my white readers to leave with, especially if they are in hiring positions, is that if they are looking to not hire a Black person or terminate their employment and they are not in violation of any assessment that I present then ask themselves what is the actual reason for their removal. To think that I am naive when it comes to employment discrimination would be a fallacy especially with being raised in Oklahoma.
WITH THIS BEING YOUR 2ND BOOK, WHEN DID YOU FIND A PASSION FOR WRITING?
My passion for writing began in 3rd grade. During that school year I was told to create a story that was western in nature. The excitement, anxiety and bliss that I encountered then was the same as when I submitted articles for the school newspaper when I was an undergrad and has continued to this day.
WHY SHOULD READERS TRUST ASA AS AN EXPERT ON BLACKS IN CORPORATE AMERICA?
Since very early I have been encouraged to question everything and I relish in my ability to do so. I say that to say that it isn’t so much that I want my readers to trust me as being an expert on Blacks in corporate America but rather trust my experience of being a Black person in corporate America.
HAS THERE BEEN ANY SCRUTINY OR BACKLASH STEMMING FROM THE BOOK AND/OR IT’S POWERFUL & BOLD CONTENT?
There has been backlash, scrutiny, threats, ill will and more toward the project of Why I Won’t Hire Black People. This began when I first approached family and friends about my initial thoughts, continued with rejections from Black academia when I approached them with the request to add value to my vision and continued when the social media campaign was initiated which was a year before the book was published. Everything that I have endured to this point has strengthened my resolve because what is being attacked is not me, my loved ones or even the content of the book but rather the cover/title. I find this notion comical and bewildering since the same people that don’t want to be judged by what is on their exterior are doing that exact thing to this project.
FINISH THE STATEMENT, “IN A PERFECT WORLD…”
In a perfect world we would not need to work or climb such ladders with the amount of zeal that we exude and blackness would be valued within our community and beyond it.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT YOU & YOUR BOOK?