David Packman, along with his own personal tale of discrimination, reports on a story of a young black woman who experienced racial discrimination during a two-year job search.
Yolanda Spiviey applied for 300+ jobs, to no avail. With ten years of experience in the insurance industry, she decided to go back to college and finish her degree thinking that would help. Still nothing.
So Yolanda Spivey decided to try something different. She decided to apply — as white woman. And she got completely different results.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApV0hszT-yo]
Here is an older PSA video of a man imitating different ethnic accents, when seeking to rent an apartment. Until he ‘appears’ to sound white, with a ‘white man’s name,’ he gets a continuous round of no’s.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_3mSW8XUZI]
Sometimes, I just don’t see how much has changed. I have to remember we have made progress, but often by the time we see it, it’s as if it should have existed all along.
Special thanks to Justin Acuff.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.