Racial prejudice poison being splashed in US

Toronto, Us—Sheena Blake can still remember the feeling in the pit of her stomach when she was offered a job.
At first she thought she had beaten out the other candidates, but she soon learned that she was on top of the list for a different, much more insidious reason.
“Someone asked me to work for them so they could meet their quota of having a multicultural space,” Blake told visual media.
That was years ago. But it’s just one example of the countless quiet, hidden abuses that she says happen daily to black women, especially when it comes to the workplace.
It’s a feeling that’s borne out by a 2011 report from the Wellesley Institute, by Sheila Block and Grace-Edward Galabuzi, called Canada’s Colour-Coded Labour Market. According to the report, black women in Canada make 37 per cent less than white men, and 15 per cent less than white women. And those are just the ones who get jobs.
Studies in the U.S. and Canada reveal that job applicants with ethnic-sounding names are less likely to get a response than those with Anglo-Saxon names, despite having the same experience and credentials.
A 2004 study for the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research found resumés with white-sounding names got 50 per cent more callbacks than names that sounded black. A 2011 study by researchers from the University of Toronto found employers in Canada’s most-diverse cities were 35 per cent more likely to call a job applicant with a white-sounding name over a Chinese- or Indian-sounding one.
“In real life what ends up happening is that when we go in for an interview, there’s a pressure to straighten our hair, to wear makeup that allows our faces to contour in a way that looks more European,” Blake told media. “Even after all of that, we are often not the ones who are chosen and we know why.”
Verlia Stephens knows that strain all too well. Stephens, who has worked as a social worker with black women for about 20 years, says she often sees that frustration in her clients in the form of depression or high blood pressure.—Agencies

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