At 12/3/11 07:59 PM, adrshepard wrote:
At 12/3/11 01:49 AM, WallofYawn wrote:
Is that a serious response? Because that sentence kind of makes my blood boil, if I'm being honest.It figures that your naivete about race would make you see my remark as anything but sarcasm.
It's not naivete, it's that sarcasm doesn't show well in text form. I can't tell what your tone is, so I have no idea whether you're being serious. Thus me asking whether that was a serious response or not.
It didn't make my blood boil, but was nonetheless irritating, when I saw you talk about the black unemployment rate being higher, as if we should care more. What you undoubtedly attribute to widespread (but somehow legally unactionable) racism, I attribute to simple demographics.
It is actually a fact that employers will higher a white guy before they'll higher a black guy. And FYI: I am a white guy, and I've seen/experienced racism from both sides.
Black people are, on average, less educated than white people, which leads them to generally lower paying employment. When businesses cut back production, the first people to go are the workers on the bottom level, usually because their contribution to production is the most direct (but no longer needed due to poor demand) and because they are easily replaceable.
Ok, fair enough. Demographics do play a major part in it, but this doesn't account for who actually gets hired. I've seen uneducated white folk get hired to jobs, simply because they dress/act better, while I don't see black folk getting the same treatment. But hey, I admit I may be reading too deep into things.
You are correct, tho, the lowest on the totum pole usually are the first to go and these are usually blacks and mexicans, because they are the ones who take those kind of jobs.
As a result, black people will have higher unemployment than white people. If you account for skills instead of race, then you'll find the unemployment rate is pretty much the same among Americanized ethnic groups (first generation immigrants usually have the disadvantage of poorer English fluency).
Alright, I admit, it has more to do with class disparities than race. The working/lower middle class account for the majority of unemployed, and this includes less educated, and people who don't have anything beyond a HS diploma.(assuming they're smart enough to even have that) I suppose there's a disadvantage all around lately, for those new to the work force.
I remember, it took me 3-4 months to get a normal job, after I quit the carnival. I have a HS diploma, but the fact I'm 20 and have very little real-world work experience puts me at a disadvantage. Seems these days, they want you to have 2 years experience, and pay you minimum wage.(one quick glance at craigslist will show this) But, in order to get the experience, you have to have first worked at the job, which requires 2 years experience.
Kind of makes you wonder "how do I get the experience if it requires experience to even work?"
I was lucky enough to get a job at Subway. Hopefully I can build on my work experience, and work my way up into a better/higher paying job. Shit aint easy these days, tho.