Race bias is often at the forefront of hiring minorities. Daily news regarding race bias in discussions of policing, immigration, hiring, housing or placing “a knee during the playing of our National Anthem” is commonplace. President Trump is all in for creating America White Again. Even though there is almost a daily occurrence of race bias incidents in national new broadcasts, most White Americans remain convinced race bias is no longer central to one’s opportunities in life. According to a Pew Research poll in June 2016 their study shows many whites believe these daily racial conflicts represent the actions of a few bad apples. They feel these sporadic events aren’t in sync with the larger trend toward systemic racial equity.
Making America White Again
Scary! Our President has mentioned several times in the past few days how unemployment for African Americans and Hispanics is the lowest in years. He takes credit for this progress although some dispute his personal involvement. Technically he may be correct -somewhat -in spite of himself – depending on the industry and employment type. Improvement from upwards of 25 % to 6% – 13 % is nothing to brag about particularly by someone determined to make America White Again. White unemployment is hovering around 4% or less.
Trump tweeted, “African American unemployment is the lowest ever recorded in our country. The Hispanic unemployment rate dropped a full point in the last year and is close to the lowest in recorded history. Dems did nothing for you but get your vote!”
He’s correct about the low unemployment rates for both Blacks and Hispanics. But his slam that the Democrats “did nothing” in this regard is an exaggeration. Under Obama, the unemployment rate for both groups fell by more than half. We rate his statement as mostly true.
Race based hiring
Erik Sherman, a contributor to Forbes wrote an article on 9-16-17 entitled “Hiring Bias Blacks and Latinos Face Hasn’t Improved in 25 years.”
Mr. Sherman wrote:
“The truth, based on lots of data over years, is that if you’re Black or Latino in the U.S., you get far from an equal shake. Your efforts have to be longer, stronger, and chances are you still will be treated worse. The deck gets stacked against you even as you try mightily and then people throw the results in your face.The most recent evidence of this is a recent meta-study, which means a review of multiple studies, by researchers at Northwestern, in Chicago; Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and the Institute of Social Research in Oslo, Norway. Hiring discrimination against Blacks hasn’t changed in the last 25 years. Latinos have seen only a moderate drop in discrimination against them.
Your race has an enormous impact on your chance of an employer being willing to even consider your for a job. There are many reasons. For instance:
*Fewer callbacks mean lower chances of finding a job. Race bias rules and is ever present.
*Fewer callbacks likely translate into fewer offers. Fewer offers give candidates fewer choices to find the best available job.
*If you are Black or Latino, you have to work harder just get an interview, even if you are well-qualified as White candidates.
Mr. Sherman writes many outstanding articles. We encourage you to follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his social media accounts.