Yes, it is the racism

I love finding articles I never would have otherwise via facebook friends.  This essay is basically a compendium of all the academic studies demonstrating just how real and pervasive racism still is.  Here’s a sampling:

What is it that woke them up finally, after all these years of denial, during which they insisted that racism was a thing of the past?

Was it the research indicating that job applicants with white sounding names have a 50 percent better chance of being called back for an interview than their counterparts with black-sounding names, even when all qualifications are the same?


Was it the study that found white job applicants with criminal records have a better chance of being called back for an interview than black applicants without one, even when all the qualifications are the same?


Perhaps they finally stumbled upon the evidence suggesting millions of cases of race-based housing discrimination against people of color each year, and this is what has them so incensed?


Or maybe their anger is due to the reports of blatant racism practiced by Wells Fargo, which was deliberately roping black borrowers (to whom they referred as “mud people”) into high-cost loans, targeting them for these instruments, and even falsifying credit histories to make black applicants look like greater risks than they were, so as to justify the scam?


Good stuff.


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

2 Responses to Yes, it is the racism

  1. J.P. Douglas says:

    It’s tough to argue with facts. The average American has nothing to do with those policies as much as the upper tax brackets who work in the banks and do the hiring. Interesting post.

  2. John says:

    This is a good excerpt but read the whole article from the first link. It’s infuriating and hopefully motivating for those who think that this type of rhetoric isn’t dangerous because it’s so foolish. There is a reason political strategists employ “the big lie”, it’s often effective.

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