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Response to alcibiades_mystery (Reply #14)

Thu Sep 17, 2015, 11:52 PM

15. Getting jobs because you are white is completely different

 

Than thinking you are owed a job because you are white.

I do not for a second deny the fact that in a situation where both candidates are equal the vast majority of the time the white guy will get the job. A big reason for this is people tend to hire people like themselves and an overwhelming majority of people in the position to do the hiring are white.

There have been plenty of studies on this and the same pattern is repeated over and over. It is part of human nature and hard to overcome even when the people who are doing the hiring are trying to be conscious of it.

The demographics are changing quickly however and with any luck it wont be much longer before the people doing the hiring won't be so heavily dominated by white people. The problem won't go away, it will just shift. I think diversity is important and sadly hard to come by in any hiring space because of peoples internal bias towards hiring hiring people like themselves.

Sadly it is something that is near impossible to break free of, it is the way we are wired.

There will always be hiring bias, that doesn't mean white people think they are owed jobs because they are white. Some white people likely do because they are knuckle dragging neanderthals But in all my years of being a white guy I have never heard another white person say they were entitled to a job because they are white which is what the article is suggesting as some sort of widespread belief.

I have heard white people complain that they weren't hired because of affirmative action giving the job to the POC instead of them. Personally every time I hear that I think it is much more likely it was because the person who said it was an ass than it was affirmative action. I also think if it was true too fucking bad go down the street and try again at the next place. Because as I said above the people doing the hiring tend to hire people like themselves and there's a whole lot more white folks doing the hiring than there are people of color. The tables aren't equal. The white person has the advantage in the hiring process the majority of the time.

All of that said the idea that there are a large swath of white people who think they are owed jobs because they are white is fucking nonsense.


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