NY Times: Networking To Find A Job Now Racist

Do you know someone who has helped you get a job? Family, friends, acquaintances? If you’re white, well, that means you’re a raaaaacist

How Social Networks Drive Black Unemployment

It’s easy to believe the worst is over in the economic downturn (why, is Obama going to resign?). But for African-Americans, the pain continues — over 13 percent of black workers are unemployed, nearly twice the national average. And that’s not a new development: regardless of the economy, job prospects for African-Americans have long been significantly worse than for the country as a whole.

The most obvious explanation for this entrenched disparity is racial discrimination. But in my research I have found a somewhat different culprit: favoritism. Getting an inside edge by using help from family and friends is a powerful, hidden force driving inequality in the United States.

Such favoritism has a strong racial component. Through such seemingly innocuous networking, white Americans tend to help other whites, because social resources are concentrated among whites. If African-Americans are not part of the same networks, they will have a harder time finding decent jobs.

So, because Uncle Joe knows a guy working for a tech company, which offers you a position, that’s raaaaacist.

There’s no question that discrimination is still a problem in the American economy. But whites helping other whites is not the same as discrimination, and it is not illegal. Yet it may have a powerful effect on the access that African-Americans and other minorities have to good jobs, or even to the job market itself.

So, it’s not discrimination, and it’s not illegal. Interesting. The entire article was premised on obtaining a job based on who you know and them being the same race (primarily white) was deemed discrimination and racism.

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Comment by gitarcarver
2013-05-06 17:14:42

Interesting.

Didn’t Obama network to find his current job?

He didn’t get on his qualifications or experience.

 
Comment by AndyN
2013-05-06 19:19:03

Considering the illegitimacy rate for blacks is close to three times that for whites, and being raised by your married biological parents strongly correlates to just about every positive outcome in life, I’m surprised that the black unemployment rate is only twice the white unemployment rate.

To tie it back in to the editorialist’s thesis, perhaps if more black children were raised in two-parent households, they’d have twice as many adults in their lives through whom they could network, thus drastically improving their odds of benefiting from nepotism.

 
Comment by William Teach
2013-05-06 21:23:51

That’s a hell of a good point, GC. Taken to the NY Times conclusion, it means Obama mist be white.

 
Comment by pa
2013-05-06 22:25:38

“Taken to the NY Times conclusion, it means Obama mist be white.”

Half-white and half-assed he is. It would be rude of me to point out which color the half-of-an-ass elected to office is.

 

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