On Sunday afternoon, four football players from William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J. walked into a store which appeared to be open with the lights on and door open. The door was left open due to a malfunctioned lock the owner revealed. The students picked up some items and looked for the clerk, soon noticing the store was empty. The students checked the back to make sure that clerk wasn’t hurt or passed out and when they didn’t find anyone, the four left money for the items, even making sure to pay the tax. Three of the players were African American and one Caucasian or Hispanic and with Trayvon Martin and still obvious racial profiling, thoughts on blacks in general are most times unpleasant. Its good to see and show that you really cant judge a book by its cover and that every person should really be based on a individual basis
Another example is that of Yolanda Spivey who is or was unemployed and was looking for work. She was not having luck and wondered if the optional questionaire at the end of the “monster job” site she was using that ask you to list your race etc really was considered in prospective employers deciding to contact her. She changed or created a new profile and declined to answer and noticed that she had gotten a few responses. She then decided to see if she listed that she was caucasian would that increase her offers. She created a profile under Biance White and used her exact resume information exactly identical to her owns.
She writes, That very same day, I received a phone call. The next day, my phone line and Bianca’s email address, were packed with potential employers calling for an interview. I was stunned. More shocking was that some employers, mostly Caucasian-sounding women, were calling Bianca more than once, desperate to get an interview with her. All along, my real Monster.com account was open and active; but, despite having the same background as Bianca, I received no phone calls. Two jobs actually did email me and Bianca at the same time. But they were commission only sales positions. Potential positions offering a competitive salary and benefits all went to Bianca.
She continues that, At the end of my little experiment, (which lasted a week), Bianca White had received nine phone calls—I received none. Bianca had received a total of seven emails, while I’d only received two, which again happen to have been the same emails Bianca received. Let me also point out that one of the emails that contacted Bianca for a job wanted her to relocate to a different state, all expenses paid, should she be willing to make that commitment. In the end, a total of twenty-four employers looked at Bianca’s resume while only ten looked at mines.
I was a bit shocked but not really to have read that. I am the kind of person that feels like there will always be pros and cons to any subject from clothes to politics and that you cant have a generalization of things as a whole. Unfortunately this still does occur and i do hope that one day in my life time that we can truly see a united states where we are all treated equally. I have love for all races and when i interview for prospective employees i truly look at them as blank canvases.
We’ve got to do better!
- N.J. college football players “caught” being honest (cbsnews.com)
- Honest Shoppers Leave Money For Items At Closed Store (kearth101.cbslocal.com)
- Men who left money on the counter at Wayne store left open after closing were William Paterson football players (nj.com)
- African-American teen says stop-and-frisk has made him fear police (tv.msnbc.com)
- NBC/WSJ poll: Many Americans say King’s dream hasn’t become a reality yet (firstread.nbcnews.com)