Racism and Its Pervasion in All Aspects of Our World

Lopez, German. “Study: Anti-Black Hiring Discrimination Is as Prevalent Today as It Was in 1989.” Vox, Vox, 18 Sept. 2017, www.vox.com/identities/2017/9/18/16307782/study-racism-jobs.

German Lopez’s piece discusses the prevalence of discrimination against blacks when it pertains to jobs and hiring, and how the circumstances as it pertains to this are just as bad in today’s world as it was in 1989. A study done by Northwestern University concluded that “white applicants receive 36% more callbacks than equally qualified African Americans” while “[w]hite applicants receive on average 24% more callbacks than Latinos.” The studies look at discrimination during the point of hire, and the results show that these rates have barely changed since 1989, indicative of the racial wealth gap present in America.

This article is another statistical piece of evidence in support of the racism entrenched in all aspects in American society. Minority groups not only have to worry about being verbally and physically discriminate against daily, but it has leaked over into the professional spectrum where they are put at an extreme disadvantage in even finding jobs, let alone promotions or well-paying and job security due to racism and its overwhelming presence.

 

Dauvergne, Mia, et al. “Hate Crime In Canada.” Hate Crime in Canada, Stats Canada, 17 Nov. 2008, www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85f0033m/85f0033m2008017-eng.htm.

This article by Mia Dauvergne, Katie Scrim and Shannon Brennan from the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics & Statistics Canada denotes many statistics on the percentages of hate crimes occurring in Canada. The stats highlight many troubling things about Canadian culture, like how youth aged 12-17 were more likely than older age groups to be accused of hate crimes, and how the majority of hate crimes individuals suffered from were committed by strangers, around 77%.

These statistics should put to rest the idea that Canada is a country free of racism. The reality of the situation is that while we may be better off and more educated on the subject as a whole as opposed to America, there are still those in Canada who do not understand or choose not to understand racism and its effects. This ties into my concept of how racism breeds itself, and that its pervasiveness is prominent in all society.