I am from Ghana and for 10 years have worked as a truck driver with over one million miles over the road. I have never done drugs or failed a drug test in my life. Last October I finally decided to take advantage of an opportunity within the company to get off the road so I could spend time with my children.
Everything was going fine until they saw the way I talked and looked. I have long dreads and most of the time people see me they assume that I do drugs. I have never smoked or drank in my life. I live in Findlay, where everyone knows everybody. When people started to make racial comments about me, I asked for a transfer so I took a month off after Christmas to try and look for something different. The company asked me to take a random drug test, which I did.
While waiting for my transfer, I got a job from a different company so I forgot about everything until later on the year I found out that my former employer put on a dock report that I refused a drug test. I called them trying to get things fixed so I could get my CDL back. They offered me a program in Toledo that would help me get my license back. It cost me $500 and I still do not have my CDL back.
Is this the kind of world we are planning to live in, where we are judged by the color of our skin?