I mean, isn’t this a color-blind society? Isn’t all that discrimination business a 20th Century thing, all over and done with? Aren’t black people in America just whining while they take all the good jobs away from equally qualified whites?
These are the results of Devah Pager’s audits — tests — in which pairs of auditors are sent out into the job market with fake resumes, backgrounds, references, and even strategies for presentation of self. The pairs of testers are made to be equally qualified in all ways. Only two characteristics differ: skin color and a line on the resume indicating a criminal record.
Figure 6 shows that in these audits, white applicants reporting a criminal record get a better response than black applicants without a criminal record — and remember, they’re made to be equally qualified for the job. People are getting upset about discrimination on the basis of race in America because it clearly still exists.
Pager’s research wasn’t done in the 1930s. It’s contemporary research carried out in our times. This is our problem.