Racism Towards Blacks in Thailand — White Foreigners Make It Worse?

I recently found this on a website, and given the fact this particular teacher is “white” in a pedaphilia-ridden area of Bangkok (that’s also plagued with rampant racism)…..I would like to know what’s your take on it. Does he sound like someone that’s part of this “ugly” system? Does he sound like someone who has empathy? Or someone who who’s perpetuating the racism here in Thailand?

“White-skinned native English-speaking teachers are definitely preferred in Thailand and all of Asia. That’s good news if you happen to be White as it effectively eliminates a good portion of your job competition. With few exceptions there are very few non-ehite English teachers in Thailand. My previous school even preferred barely understandable non-native English speaking white South Africans and Russians over non-white native English speaking teachers from America and the UK. Thais clearly prioritize presentation or looks over substance or quality when it comes to English teachers.They perceive white skin and Caucasian features as more attractive and presentable across Thai society. The longer I live here the more I tend to agree and as a white westerner as it works to my advantage. But it doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find a job as a teacher if you’re a non-white, however you’ll need to be very persistent, patient and flexible in what’s offered. There is no wrong or right about it. Thais get to decide what works or doesn’t work for them. It’s their world and they like it that way.”

By Tim, Rangsit (9th September 2020)

The Greatest Feeling in The World — Proving The Racist Thais Wrong

When I had woken up in the morning, I didn’t want to check my whatsapp because I just wasn’t in a good headspace. Over the previous few days, and after finding out the news yesterday; a bitch, who I should’ve stopped working for years ago, literally terminated our work relationship — over mere opinions. I called her out on her lyingness and she literally said, “if you can’t score over 650, you can’t teach here because other teachers in BKK can and students have gotten 630…blah blah blah.”

However, I had already gotten a perfect score in listening, grammar, and almost perfect in reading…but according to her dumbfounded-Thai logic, it all must be on the same test.

If this is the case with the scoring, anyone who gets over 650 can be a teacher of TOEFL iTP.

That’s typical Thai logic.

She doesn’t know about what I do online, the persona I’ve gotten, or anything. She applying a racist, white-people-only mentality saying “you must get this to teach this.” If that’s the case, chemistry teachers can’t be chemistry teachers because they’re not chemists.

Smh.

I checked my Whatsapp after thinking about a previous Peruvian student I had had, and there it was, her score and elatedness.

“ARSENIO! I GOT 114 OUT OF 120 on TOEFL IBT!”

I quickly posted the score on social media, taking shots at the ignorant Thais….most specifically, the rat-poison I used to work for.

I have never taken TOEFL before, yet she got a 114.

Hmmm, I wonder why that is?

For 7.5 years, Thais have literally put me in a box because the color of my skin. Even after getting results, passing two of their students who had taken the test 66 times and passed it on the 67th…..no thanks given, no pulling aside saying “omg, thank you so much!” They brushed it off like it didn’t even happen, and that’s when my frustration continued to grow because I know those bitches just have it deep-down inside that a brotha can’t do it.

So they invented the most preposterous statement, stating “you need to get this score to be a teacher.”

But what about your white teacher in Bangkok? Has he taken the IELTS? No. Has he proven himself? ABSOfuckinglutely NOT….he’s been denied jobs because he wasn’t good enough to land himself a job at a place I got hired at.

But when mentioned, she completely deviated away from the question, got all bitchy (which she did in January of 2018) and left the chat group, showing me “you’re finished.”

However, her companion knows how good I am, although I can really give a fuck because I know my greatness and don’t need anyone to tell me otherwise. She told me she was crying, which was definitely apparent, and that she didn’t want to terminate the relationship.

After making amends, I told her that I would NEVER work for rat-poison again (her ratchet companion) but this was also a very soft letting-go, too. She just doesn’t know it.

In saying that, this reminded me of the ugly-old Brit who said “I don’t think you’re as good as you say you are.”

The same Thai bitch at New Education World who wanted to test me in SAT and see if I can write — again, how does a reading portion of a completely different test indicate that I’m good or not good in writing is THAI LOGIC.

Having that photo and getting that respond was the greatest fuck you in all of mankind, and I’m so grateful that I’m able to continue getting better. This was to prove no one wrong but myself. It’s hard letting meaningless opinions, which is frankly cancer, make it’s way into my subconscious mind. But that score destroyed the self-doubt of me. “Can I really do this? Can she really attain this score?”

114.

Yes.

She can.

And you can do it.

Stop letting the negative cancerous opinions of broken mindsets become your reality.

Dealing With Potential Jobs & Saving Yourself Time

I’ve been on such a tear in terms of trying to find a part-time/full-time job in Thailand.  Over the past few months, I’ve come across the most ridiculous potential employers, as we’ve all had in our lifetime.  How can you save yourself a peace of mind during the process? Let’s go over the past potentials — turned laughing stocks.

The One That I Thought Was Cemented

Ahhh, this was was a gut-check.  This was the one that made me throw my hands in the air incredulously and say, “how did that happen?! It was a perfect interview!”

Rule Number 1: If they want you, they’ll call you within 24 hours. 

If you have the interview and they tell you to have a good weekend, chances are they’re not going to call you back EVER AGAIN.  I thought I landed what could’ve been a dream job, but for whatever reason, it vanished.  The worst part about it is I gave myself false hope.  I had the interview on December the 18th and I was still telling myself, “he will call me” around the 27th.  Into New Years, I was still clinging onto hope, thinking I would get an email for an orientation of some sort.

My student gave me the wake-up call and said, “you already know what happened.  You’re wasting time thinking about them.”

Hard dose of reality.  If a potential employer wants you, they’ll ask you to start almost immediately.  Back in America, I had my first ever interview at a newly opened dental practice and he called me the next day around mid-morning saying, “we decided to hire you.”  It was the most glorious moment of my life.

Don’t get bent out of shape and jump to conclusions.  Whatever the reason may have been, which might include an extensive list, they don’t want you.  Move on, like I did.

The We Will E-Mail You Once We Find Out

HA! These are the deceptive ones that make you wait.  I had a great email response to an individual who said, “thank you so much for your extensive and impressive resume.  We’ll find out soon about times and let you know.”  This was in regards to a corporate employer.

Was it true? No.  I told him that I’d be waiting and then he sent me an email back saying, “we also have jobs in China.”

So, I think his intent was to find someone here in Thailand and ship him/her off to China.

REDUNCULOUS

Rule Number 2: You can’t bullshit a bullshitter.

That “we’re waiting on a response” is horseshit.  But thanks!

Please make sure you tell them that.

The Apply For Jobs But Never Get A Response

Now let me tell you this.  This probably doesn’t relate to people outside of Thailand, but I want to give you some stories to some notorious teaching agencies.

There was a girl I met who was running an agency online.  She said she had quite a few corporate clients and wanted me to teach one in particular out in the boondocks.  She then gave me another one, reconfirmed for a particular morning during the weekend, and then she went silent.  About three days later (and just before I blocked her through messaging), I asked her “so, what happened with that particular company?”

She retorted, “oh, they chose another teacher.”

As a man of color, these agencies are not only impossible to work with, but it’ll drive you insane, destroy your confidence, and make you want to leave the country.  So basically if a Thai company is going to choose between 5 white men and 1 black men….who the hell do you think they’re going to choose?

It wasn’t just one company, it was five other potential suitors.  They would say, “ok, we will send you profile to the student and it’s up to them to contact you.”

They would never contact me.

Rule Number 3: When dealing with a company of this nature, STAY THE F*** AWAY! If not, your confidence and self-esteem will be battered. 

The Respond 6 Weeks Later & No Human Follow-up

Oh, we have all had that job that responded way too f***ing late, right? LOL! I think my record was about 3 months.  This one that happened recently caught me off guard.  I jumped up in JOY because it wasn’t just one job offer, it was 6 in total with different timings and all in the same area.

I said, “OMG! This is perfect! I knew I would attract this to me!”  I sent somewhere between 4-6 emails back in terms of choosing jobs.

However, this is there little memo they had at the bottom….

Please note, this is not a job offer, this is a job listing that is distributed to our mailing list of teacher candidates. Please read the information above carefully and respond to the listing if you are available to teach the contract, we will then get back to you if you are short-listed and arrange an interview / orientation.

We apologise in advance but due to high numbers of applications we will only respond to short-listed candidates. However, you are on this mailing list because we have already reviewed your resume and consider you a viable candidate to work with. If this opportunity does not work out please continue to let us know if you are interested and available for future openings.

If you would like us to remove you from this mailing list, please let us know and we will do so immediately.

Wow….so teaching candidates — of what could be more than fifty teachers; let alone fifty white teachers.   Not only that, only short-listed ones will have an interview arranged.

They went on to say, “due to high numbers of applications, we will only respond to the short-listed ones.  You are on this mailing list because WE CONSIDER YOU A VIABLE CANDIDATE. If it doesn’t work, please continue to let us know about future openings.

If you would like to be removed from the mailing list, please let us know.”

OH-MY-GOD.

You’ve got to be shitting me.

Not only did they it might not work, but they said if I want to remove myself off the list, please ask them?

WHO THE HELL SAYS THAT?!

That’s like me saying, “Margaret, you probably won’t get the job, but please inform us if you want one in the future and we’ll continue to beat around the bush and waste your time.  If not, we’ll block your email.”

I mean, that’s got to be the most outlandish s*** I’ve ever seen in my life.

And out of all six of those jobs that were sent to me by email a week ago, I never got a human response from them.  I never got a follow-up to why they didn’t work.

I went on google to google the company and realized that it was the most PRO-WHITE company I’ve ever seen.  Every single teacher there was over 50 and beyond white.

Rule Number 4: Are you looking in the wrong place?

Yeah, I should definitely be my own boss now after these happenings, but I’m contemplating staying here any further in this country.  The ignorance and racism continues to get worse and worse.

However, to everyone who is reading this, when you’re looking continuously in the wrong place, you’re going to continue to find the same problems.

Time to open up some new doors.

Don’t give up!