Over 88% of African Americans Have Been Victims of Workplace Discrimination

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

A survey taken this week at YourBlackWorld.com has revealed that 88.5% of all African American respondents believe they have been victims of workplace racial discrimination at some point in their careers. The results were nearly uniform across men and women. A small percentage (5.5%) said they do not believe they’ve ever experienced racial discrimination in the workplace, and a similar percentage (6.1%) claim they are not sure.
The results are interesting in light of the well-documented economic struggles among African Americans, including unemployment rates that are nearly double those of white Americans. According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, black unemployment stands at 15.3%, compared to just eight-percent for white Americans. Black public figures and political leaders have been calling on the Obama Administration to use targeted economic policy in order to alleviate racial disparities in wealth and employment, but to no avail thus far.

 

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One response to “Over 88% of African Americans Have Been Victims of Workplace Discrimination

  1. Workplace discrimination does exist. Now that Ward Connerly has help to deconstruct ‘Affirmative Action’ the percentages remain on the rise.

    I have experienced discrimination in hiring. I passed every test for the same job three times, even going as far as to travel to another city to try again, but was still turned away.
    I remember watching as a recruiter assured two young white men (who may or may not have passed the tests), assured positions even before their interviews, and while standing in the waiting room.
    There are laws against these practices but they are not enforced or recognized. It is as if the labor department has turned a blind eye to the plight of the ‘black’ people in ‘America’ once again!

    So again I ask, ” What good is a ‘black’ President when ‘blacks’ are still discriminated against and furthermore abused in terrifying ways”?

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