Unemployed Black Woman Pretends to be White, Job Offers Suddenly Skyrocket

Damn. I’ve been filling out the questionnaire about my race at the end. Did that hurt my chances of landing a job?

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If you don’t believe that racism in the job market is real, then please read this article by Yolanda Spivey.  Spivey, who was seeking work in the insurance industry, found that she wasn’t getting any job offers.  But as an experiment, she changed her name to Bianca White, to see if employers would respond differently.  You’ll be shocked and amazed by her phenomenal story. 

Before I begin, let me quote the late, great, Booker T. Washington who said, “Of all forms of slavery there is none that is so harmful and degrading as that form of slavery which tempts one human being to hate another by reason of his race or color.”

For two years, I have been unemployed. In the beginning, I applied to more than three hundred open positions in the insurance industry—an industry that I’ve worked in for the previous ten years. Not one employer responded to…

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2 responses to “Unemployed Black Woman Pretends to be White, Job Offers Suddenly Skyrocket

  1. LJK

    Sadly this isn’t all to uncommon. Unfortunately, race and gender are factors for employment. The name situation is part of the reason I decided to professionally go by first which coupled by last name renders me gender and racially ambiguous. Most people expect an Asian man, or so I’ve been told, by name. They’re often surprised when a Black woman walks in. If it get’s me the recognition I need than who am I to complain.

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