Mitchell-Raibon filed an internal complaint at DES, alleging she was not promoted because of her race and sex. The complaint was found to be without merit. "She was not qualified," DES' Sylvester Mabry says.

That's not what Peter Lansdowne, Mitchell-Raibon's boss, said after she was turned down for the job. He wrote a letter to the DES personnel department strongly recommending that Mitchell-Raibon be reconsidered. "She has been performing the duties of a legal secretary for well over a year," wrote Lansdowne, who is white. "The duties which Ms. Mitchell currently performs are identical to those specified for the legal secretary position," he wrote.

Mitchell-Raibon's office supervisor Gabe Menafee, a white woman, also tried to intercede. "Gloria is more than qualified for this position," she wrote in a letter of recommendation. "She would make an excellent legal secretary. She is patient, understanding, caring, attentive and always eager to learn more. Her work habits show she cares by creating a quality product. Gloria shows good leadership qualities in her interaction with people. She is a self-motivator and strives to get the job done. I can always rely on Gloria to do the job and do it well. Please consider my recommendation to place her on the certified list [of finalists] for the position of legal secretary."

Mitchell-Raibon requested that the DES personnel department check into her application to see what went wrong. In November 1991, James Whorl, the director of the personnel department, told Mitchell-Raibon in a letter that she simply didn't qualify for the job.

He also noted that the state Department of Administration, not DES, determines with a complicated rating system who makes the list of finalists for all state jobs. The list of finalists, called the Ôcert list," is then bounced back to DES, which interviews each finalist and chooses the best person for the job.

²It sounds like an equitable system, but it doesn't always work. Bette Richards, the lawyer who is advising Mitchell-Raibon, says she suspects that someone in DES personnel called the Department of Administration with the names of people it wanted on the "cert list." "That's how it's done around here," says Richards. "It just takes a phone call."

DIANE BROOKS remembered when gubernatorial candidate Fife Symington spoke out against racism during a speech to a group of black businesspeople at JJ's restaurant in central Phoenix. She decided to remind him of it in an August 1991 letter. "You spoke of the terrible racial problems in Arizona," Brooks wrote the governor. "Your facial expression led me to believe that you really wanted to make a difference for the black men and women of Arizona. I must now ask, Does this not include employment within state government?" A month later, Normando de Halle, the director of the Governor's Office of Affirmative Action, wrote Brooks that the governor could not respond to her letter. He said it would be inappropriate for Symington, as chief of state, to meet with the women who had pending grievances against the state.

"WASTE OF TIME!" the women scribbled on de Halle's letter. And then they placed the letter in their voluminous files.

"You're passing the buck," the women wrote in a second letter.
A few days later, de Halle met with the women. But the meeting was sour and fruitless. The women say they were angry that their advocate attorney Bette Richards was asked to leave the room before the meeting started. According to state law, a person who files a grievance is allowed to have a representative at meetings with state officials.

"They didn't want the women to have a competent representative," says Bette Richards. She suspects that de Halle "wouldn't want me to testify" about what went on at the meeting.

The women have refused to meet with the governor's representatives again. But all four women say the issue is larger than their individual grievances.

Normando de Halle has since left the Governor's Office, but deputy director Robert Williams says he is not aware "of any grave problem at DES." The Governor's Office, he says, did what it could to help the women. "Normando wanted to deal with this individually," he says. "The group seemed affronted by this."

That seems true. The four women say they want more than to be appeased and have their individual grievances settled. The only way to combat this institutional racism, they say, is to stand together and take the state to court.

"The Governor's Office wanted to stop the women from rocking the boat," says lawyer Richards. "They wanted to handle each girl individually and give her what she wanted, but not talk issues. They did not want to address the overall issue of racism."
The women "don't want to be appeased," says Richards. "They're not working for themselves, but for all black women. I admire them for this."

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dear sir or vagina:

i am wholeheartedly OFFENDED by the sexist actions done by the home depot corporation, as well as by one vagina in particular who is employed at the home depot in cranberry township. i didn't look at her name-tag, i cannot remember anyone's face unless i have had my penis inside of their actual body, so it will have to be up to home depot to find the egg-bleeder if they feel that she needs to be reprimanded for the harassment she gave to me.

first, i am offended by the special olympics being held at home depot in cranberry township, pennsylvania - a "do it HERself" clinic. now, i understand that sexism is fine and dandy if it caters to members of the lackluster gender...i realize that they're not equipped (physically and in many cases emotionally) to handle adversity...but just because the "do it HERself" clinics may be regarded as "special olympics" rather than as "sexist olympics," doesn't make them legitimate. and how interesting to use the word "clinic," which usually refers to a place one goes to for treatment when something is medically (or psychologically) awry. still, though, it is not ANY professional corporation's responsibility to cater to a group of psychologically-awry and physically-disabled people for the sake of these very people and their mental delusions of ability which fly in the face of their actual abilities. to continue, i will say that a woman simply CANNOT do anything a man can do, and there already are a plethora of compensations given to these disabled people - compensations from gender-based athletic teams to gender-based physical requirements regarding acceptance into the military. since compensations for femininity already exist and already are plentiful, i maintain that home depot should not be taking part in sexism by compensating for and legitimizing the disability of being female...especially if being a member of the shorter/smaller/weaker gender is no longer regarded as a disability.

now, i understand that homosexuality is no longer considered a psychiatric disorder. i have accepted that it is fine and dandy for a mere specimen of manhood to leave himself feeling incomplete enough to feel a need for a real man in his life, but speaking of emotional masculivoids and relating them to physical masculivoids, well...i have to say that i am having a hard time swallowing the "jagged little pill" that is the "a woman can do anything a man can do" bullshit . times change, but reality does not - even after all the time spent accepting buzzwords like "strongwoman" and buzzphrases like "a woman can do anything a man can do," we still base physical competitions on gender. for crying out loud, even coney island had to add a separate "ladies' division" in order for the egg-bleeders to triumph in a hot dog eating competition. i don't think that home depot should be catering to masculivoids, whether they are physical masculivoids who lack masculine ability or emotional masculivoids who lack masculine identity. it is just WRONG.

to start with part 2 of my complaint, i will say that the home depot in cranberry township, zip code 16066, had a special place to honor cashiers who did their jobs well. just glancing at all of the names, i realized that they were mostly members of the "DESTINY: MOMMY gender," otherwise known as the egg-bleeding/milk-spouting gender. i may have seen two mens' names displayed as i glanced at the huge space of honorees. now, if i were to think of how the absence of men-cashiers is due to the necessity of physical strength (ie, lifting, carrying and stocking) in the back of the store, i would be able to excuse the fact that the vast majority of cashiers at home depot are vaginas. sadly, i don't believe this to be the case. sadly, sexism runs rampant in today's society - so i cannot and will not excuse any corporation whose hiring practices are largely a vagina-favoring act of overcompensation meant to legitimize masculine wannabees (ie, feminists who maintain that they can do anything a man can do while relishing in the aforementioned gender-based physical competitions). i cannot excuse it because it is wrong for a corporation to pity disabled people by favoring them with acts of overcompensation which were probably designed as a way to get even with the reality that justifies both vaginas and gay "men" as being a bunch of masculine insufficiencies, masculine slights...or plain old masculine wannabees.

part 3 of my complaint revolves around a vagina working at home depot. now, the only reason i had time to look at the aforementioned vagina-infested list of honorary cashiers, well, it's because i wanted to buy an air-duct which had no upc code on it. i had already scanned two items so i couldn't go back and get an air-duct with a upc code on it, and so the vagina went back to look for the price of the air-duct i had. now, this vagina probably wasn't on the list of honorary cashiers - i say this because i was waiting so long for her to return...and waiting...and waiting...and waiting. did i say "and waiting," because i wanted to be...well, let's just say "lucid".

as lucid as queensryche was in 1991.

after waiting so long for the egg-bleeder to take her time to come back with a price, an act which should have taken a minute or two since the item was in an aisle not thirty to forty feet away from where i was standing, the vagina returned to the front and then went to the aisle again without saying a word. after a little while, i looked down the aisle where my air-duct was and i did not see the vagina who was supposed to be helping me. after a second period of waiting and waiting and waiting, i just gave up and bought my stuff at lowe's.

the milk-leakers employed by home depot need to be replaced by the competent gender. this will save the corporation money, as well, seeing as how it has been proven that vaginas take more sick-days than men do. seeing as how egg-bleeders feel a maternal instinct to be at home with their sick children. less equals more, meaning that the LESS there are of men working at any store, the MORE employees will need to be hired to compensate for the lackluster feminine ability, endurance, strength-level and attendance. dare i say "competence," though i guess that the word is kind of synonymous with "ability". well, so i'm r-e-d-u-n-d-a-n-t, at least my redundancy is not based on lies (ie, the unjustified yet much-repeated "a woman can do anything a man can do" mantra).

there you have it. i was harassed by the sexism of home depot which was evidenced by the vagina-infested "honorary cashiers" plaque, and i was harassed by the vagina who kept me in the store so long that i was not able to make it to wal-mart before the lunchtime traffic. it was my intention to buy every wombn at wal-mart a box of blood-absorbing and egg-catching tampons (or "lady-diapers," as i call them), along with high-heeled shoes and shoulderpads (to achieve their fantasy of appearing as relevant as men are). oh, i wanted to buy them booster-seats to sit on as they drive...just because if i'm following a car that's being driven by a vagina, there's no head above the driver's seat. yes, i will admit that i'm a little scared to think about rapture well as islam happening.

(insert nanny fine's nasal laugh)

mr. dylan terreri, i
dr. sheldon cooper, ii
"When I'm hungry, I eat. When I'm thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it." - Madonna

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