If you’ve never heard that term, Last In-First Out, then you have likely never had to worry about employment discrimination in your lifetime. I remember several “life lessons” that were passed on to me at a young age. One was that I had to be twice as smart, twice as good, and twice as educated as a White counterpart would be when it came to getting good paying jobs. The other one was that the last one in is always the first one out when it comes to hiring. The second one typically applies regardless of race, sex, or anything else. However, when you don’t meet muster with Rule #1, then that means you’re going to be the first one gone as you’re likely the last one in.
For anectdotal proof, I would like to introduce you to Mr. Andrew Moskowitz, hiring manager.
This came from a Facebook post from a New York Times article Will a ‘Black’ Name Brand My Son With Mug Shots Before He’s Even Born? I doubt many people contemplate such a thing, but it is a serious consideration for people with enhanced melanin. I had thoughts somewhat along that line when thinking of names for my two girls. It wasn’t as much as them having “ghetto” names as it was having a name that didn’t handicap them when it’s read on paper.
Whether we acknowledge it or not, we prejudge people far more than we’ll ever admit to. I do it, and I have no problem admitting it. It’s not intentional, nor is it something done out of malice. It’s just human nature. Where some people go wrong is when they act on those prejudices in a negative and hurtful manner. I actually appreciate Mr. Moskowitz’s candor because it’s easier to deal with a known antagonist as opposed to an unknown one.
There are likely anecdotal stories all around the world where people of all shapes, sizes, and colors could relate to being on the opposite end of a decision made by such a hiring manager. Then again, there’s probably many who have no idea of why they really didn’t get that job they were well qualified for. One question I have for people who think like that about “ghetto” names is, if “Tamisha” is bad, then what about Reince or Willard? Would those names keep someone from getting hired?
- Bakery Refuses to Hire Black Women to Work Behind the Counter (jezebel.com)
- Hiring Manager’s Racist Comment Goes Viral, Twitter Gangs Up On The Wrong Businesses (madamenoire.com)
- Will a ‘Black’ Name Brand My Son With Mug Shots Before He’s Even Born (parenting.blogs.nytimes.com)