Hiring Bias Blacks And Latinos Face Hasn't Improved In 25 Years
When I recently wrote of a study that showed Black and Latino median wealth could hit zero by the middle of this century, some people contacted me through social media and insisted it was the fault of those whose wealth was on the decline. All you need do is work hard enough — improve yourself through education, insist on finding opportunities — and things will get better, these people said.
It is true that you have to work for what you want. Ultimately, you can’t depend on the kindness of strangers, to deploy a twist on the Tennessee Williams line. If discrimination becomes the rationale for not trying, you have to blame yourself as well. However, people badly misuse this concept and assume that no one gets the short end of the stick and that you can’t work hard and still not get ahead. It’s a way of absolving themselves and social systems from blame. They want to convince themselves that all they have came only from their own efforts in a perfectly competitive system and nothing else.
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