“ "This is a form of intellectual tail chasing." No it's not. Please stop.
Just because black and brown people aren't hosed down in the streets, chased by dogs, and beaten to near death by police because they sit in the designated "Whites Only" space, doesn't mean that racism or racial prejudice is gone. Likewise just because we cry foul at every insensitive racial joke or comment (i.e. Sean Penn's green card joke at the Oscars), doesn't mean that it has gone away. It's more dangerous now than ever because what used to be outward signs of hate and injustice is now cloaked in secrecy.
It takes blacks longer to find employment, this is controlling for qualifications. Blacks are jailed in higher rates than whites despite being a smaller segment of the population. Blacks have been shaken down more. Black men are more likely to be viewed as more dangerous. The list goes on.
Black children are given the "talk." What to do when you are stopped by the police. The standards---that you can't be just "as good" or mediocre as "Suzy Q". You have to be better than her in order to be recognized as just "good", to be hired, or be put on the volleyball team.
These studies NEED to be continued. They're illuminating. Do a Google search. ”
Data alone can’t solve deep-seated social ills or mediate heated arguments, but it does have a habit of pulling conversations away from foggy abstraction and ad hominem accusations. That’s why studies showing that employers prefer to hire candidates with caucasian-sounding names over those with black-sounding ones and that the racial composition of juries affects trial outcomes are so powerful. And it’s why “Still Not Allowed on the Bus,” a working paper published late last year by two researchers based in Australia, is a meaningful contribution to a body of evidence indicating that racial discrimination is real, concrete, and pervasive.Read more...