Wednesday, January 03, 2007

"BLACK" NAME DISCRIMINATION

Job applicants with African-American sounding names are far less likely to get a callback as are similarly qualified "white" candidates, according to researchers at the University of Chicago and MIT, who submitted 5,000 bogus resumes in response to job ads. PT

2 Comments:

At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand what they mean about "black sounding names"...anyone who says they don't is either lying or ignorant. But what exactly do they mean "white sounding names"? I have friends from many different ethnic backgrounds with names the same as or very similar to members of my own (mostly) caucasian American family. (we have some hispanic and black family members as well). The fact of the matter is, most parents spend a great deal of time and effort choosing a name for their child that will serve them well through-out their lifetimes. Unfortunately, what these folks are refering to as "black sounding names" say "ghetto" to the person hearing or reading them. I'm not saying it's fair, it's just the way it is. It's like wearing a warm-up suit to an interview for an executive position at the bank. First impressions mean a lot.

 
At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Anonymous, sounds like you're that typical white person who's not hiring these "ghetto" people. The fact that you say having a "black" name is equal to showing up to an interview in a jump suit is disgusting. I happen to be a white person who has a "black" name. Shantel. I never realized people thought this was black until I was an adult. If this discrimination is going to change, it has to start with people like you. You can't just say it's a problem. You actually have to address your own prejudice.

 

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