America’s racist hiring gap isn’t diminished by college degree


Barry J. Sykes gets job interviews – when Barry Jabbar Sykes doesn’t!

Johnny R. Williams, 30, would appear to be an unlikely person to have to fret about the impact of race on his job search, with companies like JPMorgan Chase and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago on his résumé.

But after graduating from business school last year and not having much success garnering interviews, he decided to retool his résumé, scrubbing it of any details that might tip off his skin color. His membership, for instance, in the African-American business students association? Deleted.

“If they’re going to X me,” Mr. Williams said, “I’d like to at least get in the door first…”

That race remains a serious obstacle in the job market for African-Americans, even those with degrees from respected colleges, may seem to some people a jarring contrast to decades of progress by blacks, culminating in President Obama’s election.

But there is ample evidence that racial inequities remain when it comes to employment. Black joblessness has long far outstripped that of whites. And strikingly, the disparity for the first 10 months of this year, as the recession has dragged on, has been even more pronounced for those with college degrees, compared with those without. Education, it seems, does not level the playing field — in fact, it appears to have made it more uneven.

College-educated black men, especially, have struggled relative to their white counterparts in this downturn, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate for black male college graduates 25 and older in 2009 has been nearly twice that of white male college graduates — 8.4 percent compared with 4.4 percent…

RTFA. I hope you’re not surprised or shocked. Bigotry is as American as apple pie.

Advances in law don’t guarantee improvement in ethics. Most of the people making excuses for racism don’t consider themselves bigots.

6 thoughts on “America’s racist hiring gap isn’t diminished by college degree

  1. Violet says:

    Thanks for publishing this. I have been looking for a job for several months. My resume and credentials, which I have also cloroxed, have enabled me to get job interviews. But I still don’t have a job. On a positive note, I am using this period of unemployment to get additional advanced certifications, volunteer and internship experience, which I will leverage to get a full-time, professional job. One interviewer told me that given my background and experience, she did not think the position I came in to interview for would be exciting enough for me. I am amazed at the number of un(der)qualified, yet well-connected non-Blacks with jobs. Racism is like air is difficult to discern but ever present.

  2. Dr Dodd says:

    Racism is a cottage industry promoted by leaders in the black community as a way to maintain power. It’s not going away, in fact expect it to rise as the resources continue to dwindle.

    How’s that Hope and Change working out for you?

    • Mr. Fusion says:

      Racism is a cottage industry? How the hell is any leader in the black community perpetuating racism in order to maintain power?

      I won’t say there aren’t black racists out there, but that fails as a justification for a blanket racist attitude towards all blacks.

      Blaming others for the discrimination they receive is so un American.

    • Cinaedh says:

      If being a troll fulfils some sick sexual urge to be abused, Dud, by all means jerk your tiny self off as a public spectacle but I don’t think blatant stupidity is an effective means of trolling and you’ll have to learn, vomit-inducing racism simply isn’t acceptable to civilized people.

      How’s that sick, self-directed Despair and unfortunate inability to Adapt to a rapidly changing world working out for YOU?

      Between the Christian nonsense and the Racism, you’re obviously one of those stinking cowards who hides under a sheet, a pointy hat and a mask, sporting symbols that self-declare you’re sub-human and proud to be such.

      It can never be too soon for you to slither back into the dark scum from whence you emerged. You won’t ever be missed – by anyone – not now and not ever. Happy?

      🙂

  3. moss says:

    Racism is a cottage industry promoted by bigots – mostly to get more bigots into elective office.

    Nothing new about it. Including the gullibility of those who fit defend it.

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