What Is Systemic Racism? – Employment

This video is a part of a series produced by Race Forward to highlight the impact of systemic racism on our everyday lives. And yeah, its really a thing. For more information visit RaceForward.org

Video stars Jay Smooth and is directed & edited by Kat Lazo.

Did you know hat no matter what else is going on in America, year in and year out for the last 60 years, Black unemployment is always twice as high as White unemployment. and even if you just look at Black college graduates, they’re still almost twice as likely to be unemployed as White college graduates? That if you just apply for a job with a White sounding name, you’re 50% more likely to get a callback than with a Black sounding name?


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