Sherry, it happens. Every day. Not necessarily to me, but thousands of people everyday and I say that not to be dismissive of your good deeds. You see, one thing to keep in mind is that People of Color have been denied the same educational, financial, and corporate opportunities that are available to whites. I know someone out there is thinking, “No one gave me anything. I had to work for what I have.” And to that I say, “That may be true, but at least you had the opportunity to get up to bat. People of Color are routinely denied the opportunity to fail or succeed due to prejudice.”
And sometimes, choosing a candidate is not necessarily about “the most qualified.” That’s not a level playing field, it’s slanted in favor of whites who have been afforded more opportunities to test their wings than People of Color. I was speaking with a friend a few days ago and she was telling me how she and her coworkers chose an intern solely because he was male and their previous six interns were female. He was chosen for his gender, not his skill set. Now if employers really want to embrace diversity/inclusion, they’re going to have to take an occasional chance on a minority who may or may not be the most qualified candidate. That involves looking beyond the resume and hiring the person as a whole.
Am I saying any of this correctly?
I wrote in an earlier essay that the thing about racism is this: once you see it, you can’t unsee it. It’s impossible. But people can choose to ignore it. And decision is far more egregious.
Thanks as always for your time and sharing your thoughts.