Surveyors and land surveyor vest companies have been a mainstay of the American economy for decades, serving both farmers and urbanites alike.
Yet, with the election of Donald Trump, a trend is emerging where many surveyors are now choosing to wear black or bearers of the African-American identity.
Many surveyors say they’re choosing to be visible as they face discrimination in hiring, promotions, and even their own hiring practices.
And the backlash is growing as more and more African-Americans are speaking out against discrimination.
The National Association of Surveyors, a trade association representing surveyors across the country, said that more than 60% of surveyors said they were experiencing discrimination, and that this discrimination was particularly severe in the land surveyoring industry.
“We’re seeing it now, and we’re seeing what we’ve been experiencing for years,” said Jim Stitt, executive director of the National Association.
Stitt said he had seen a spike in reports of racial discrimination from the surveyors’ community during the 2016 presidential election.
“As of right now, I have been fielding more than 30 reports of discrimination, discrimination that I’ve seen in the last week,” he said.
Stoddert said that he received a number of calls from African-America communities throughout the country.
He said that the majority of these calls were about job opportunities, not the discrimination faced by surveyors in general.
“The most common complaint was that the surveyor is wearing a vest and he’s being discriminated against,” Stodderton said.
“This is the reality, we’ve seen it firsthand.
We’ve been on the receiving end of it, and it’s not going away anytime soon.”
“We’ve seen the impact of discrimination that goes on in this industry, and I think we’re going to see more of that,” Stitt continued.
“I don’t think we have to wait for a president to address the issue, and more and less of us are going to be standing up for each other.”
While the Trump administration has been slow to address these issues, there is a growing chorus of voices demanding that the president appoint an African-American to be the next chair of the Commission on Pay Equity and Racial Justice.
The NAACP, National Urban League, the National Black Political Caucus, and several other groups have also asked for a representative from the African American community to lead the commission.
The group of lawmakers has even taken the matter to the White House, which has so far refused to acknowledge their call.
“It’s going to take some time to get there,” Stodtt said.
The Trump administration, meanwhile, has been busy dealing with a host of other issues, including Trump’s administration’s ongoing response to Hurricane Harvey, which is still dealing with severe flooding in the Houston area.
The White House also faces growing criticism for its response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protest, which continues to spread across the U.S. While the Department of Justice has made some strides in its efforts to address issues of pipeline violence, the Trump Administration has made no major strides towards addressing racial disparities in policing, a subject on which the Trump White House has taken a far more reactionary approach.
“In many ways, we are witnessing the continuation of a pattern that has been occurring for decades,” said Stoddest.
“There’s a long history of the Black community being subjected to a disproportionate amount of the burden in policing.
The way that the administration has handled this issue is the only way that we are going any kind of change.”
Stodder said that his organization has taken the issue very seriously, and the organization is currently working with the Department on a plan to address racial disparities that exist in the law enforcement community.
“Our goal is to change the way law enforcement is run in this country,” he continued.
Stodert said his group has also worked closely with several other organizations to get more diverse representation in the federal government, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Lawyers Guild.
“They have been really open to our concerns,” he added.
“One of the reasons why we are working with them is because we have a number that have come out to us as part of the coalition that have some really strong, very serious concerns about this.
We’re just getting them to see that we’re serious about it.”
As for the NAACP, Stoddart said that their work on this issue has been consistent and consistent.
“What’s really been different is that the Black population has been so vocal and so engaged and so vocal in saying that they’re sick and tired of being discriminated and they’re fed up with being treated this way.
We feel like we’ve got a great chance of making a difference,” he concluded.
“These are issues that we can’t solve on our own.
We need to work together with the other stakeholders, including elected officials, the media, the community, and with the Black and brown communities, and they