Study: Whites Tend To Hire Their Friends, Explaining Chronic Black Unemployment

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If you wonder why black unemployment is nearly twice as high as whites, you may want to avoid the hype.  Common rhetoric says that the black unemployment rate is high because black people are not as qualified and ambitious as everyone else.  There are some who are convinced that black people just don’t want to work.

But there’s a study that clears up much of the disparity and explains it with racial exclusion.   According to Nancy DiTomaso, author of the new book, The American Non-Dilemma: Racial Inequality Without Racism, white Americans have many of their opportunities passed from one generation to the next and tend to hoard those opportunities, only sharing them with loved ones, friends and associates. 

According to DiTomaso, most whites tend to believe that their economic advantages are almost solely merit-based and often ignore the impact of privilege in their outcomes.

DiTomaso is a professor of organization management at Rutgers University and has studied how racial inequality explains many of the employment disparities between black and white Americans.

“Across all three states where I did my research, I heard over and over again [white] people admitting that they don’t interact very often with nonwhites, not at work, not at home or otherwise,” said DiTomaso.

The professor interviewed 246 working-class and middle class whites for the study.

“That was true for just about everybody unless they were still in college,” DiTomaso continued. “Others would allude to some college friend or experience. But since then, they had not had much contact with blacks. So how would they pass opportunities and information across race lines?”

DiTomaso says that although many of the whites didn’t deliberately contribute to racial inequality, many of their actions and attitudes created the disparities that exist in America today.

“The vast majority assumed everyone has the same opportunities, and they just somehow tried harder, were smarter,” DiTomaso said. “Not seeing how whites help other whites as the primary way that inequality gets reproduced today is very helpful. It’s easy on the mind.”

 

 

97 Responses to Study: Whites Tend To Hire Their Friends, Explaining Chronic Black Unemployment

  1. Why are we so concerned with the white man? Blacks can do better, much better. We need to apply ourselves, hold us accountable for our actions, and get one percent better daily, until we actually get better.

    • You got that right!

      When will negroids GET THEIR OWN DA.MN BUSINESSES, so they can hire their OWN?

      Negroids have been beggin’ crackers for 500 godda.mn years, and still NO JUSTICE, NO EMPLOYMENT, NO PEACE, NO EQUALITY, NO LIBERTY, NO NOTHING!!!

      WHERE’S THAT 1.1 TRILLION DOLLARS Y’ALL KEEP GIVING TO THESE SERPENTS?

      • I’m sorry Derrick. Us Negroids were not given anything in the past. You whites were given everything. Land settlements, which led to farms and jobs, which led to opportunities and perhaps money to send their kids to school and their kids to school. Please you whites might work hard but you were handed alot to get what you have.

  2. According to the National Black Chamber of Commerce there are 1.9 million Black owned businesses in the United States. Perhaps they could address this problem.

  3. I worked at a job for 20 years and I only see 2 black light skinned people working in the office and rumor has it that they slept their way to get that position. My friend which is black was the best worker in the agency and because she was black and did her job, she got fired for nothing and do you believe they got away with it. Because she is black, she’s unemployed and she didn’t even do anything. All of the white administration lied on her and they all stuck together and got my poor friend fired and on top of that, when she applied for unemployment and received it, they lied on her and unemployment was taken away from that poor lady and she didn’t do nothing. Can anybody fix that?

    • You Have Rights!

      Sue the company for discrimination.

      • She tried but it was 1,000,000,000 against 3 and you know how that goes. Now It’s too late for her to do anything because of the statute of limitations c**p. They fired her just before her 10 year so she lost her pension too. Here was an excellent excellent worker that did her job and because she was dark she lost everything. You know where she is now? Struggling trying to survive while the others are getting promoted and don’t even know what they are doing but because they stick together, they are making six figure salaries and she’s probably on welfare. How fair is that!

        • Also, they are related in some form or fashion, husband, wife, sister cousin. A lot of them are inexperienced and don’t know what they are doing. My friend got cursed out a lot. She had every right to work for that agency just like the next person but they used to always curse at her. Call her names to try to get her to quit as if she didn’t have bills like the rest of us. Finally, they started leaving paper trails and then she was fired. She was the best worker in that agency and I still feel bad because I couldn’t help her and I knew what they were doing. She did not diserve what they did to her. After she was fired, they said “we finally got rid of a person on FMLA, the dummy. I heard it with my own ears.

          • When you say blacks can do much better, what about the blacks that have a health benefit, a pension to look forward to after their 10 year service and a decent salary that get taken away because they are black. Where did my friend fit. She came to work and was subjected to the verbal abuse, workplace violence and so forth. But because administration don’t like her, she was doomed. My friend did not deserve what she got. She should have been treated just like everyone else. I witnessed it. A supervisor told her to shut the f@@k up and I wrote an anonymous letter to her supervisor and another person wrote a letter stating they heard it. They covered it up. By the way I am white.

          • I can relate to this because something similar happened where I work. There was an open position for a manager. The president of our company gave the job to an ex coworker’s daughter because the coworker asked him to. Granted there were people already here who were more qualified than this person who had been employed at a local supermarket. This person was given an entry level management position and has made mistakes that would have gotten us fired had we held that position and made mistakes. I also learned that my supervisor’s sister was employed in our headquarters and now my supervisor has a management position. I also was around during the affirmative action era and I witnessed white women being the biggest benefactors of affirmative action.

    • @ Lynne

      “..she got fired for nothing and do you believe they got away with it”

      YEP, I DEFINITELY CAN…ALL DAY EVERYDAY!!

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  5. A.a are the only group that will watch their family and friends ride through unemployment and not hellp. I’m talking educated and excellent work ethic. I wish we chould each commit to helping 5 people in our community find employment in the next 12 months. If you have been on your job for Over 5 years you should have helped someone get a job there. We have care more about our own a.a. Plight. We can start this movement. Thank you.

    • I don’t do the hiring and believe me my job is not planning on hiring black people and It makes me sick to my stomach.

  6. What would happen, if the we began thinking along the paradigm that none of us are entitled to a job?

  7. The sad thing about this situation is that this has been going on for years. Black people in positions to pull up or promote other blacks do not. They promote white people so that they can continute look good in the eyes of their white bosses. Last hired and first fired scenarion all over again. 2 steps up 5 steps back.

    • So true Mr. Brown. Mean while what happens to the people like my friend that doesn’t deserve it. What happens to her house, car etc. She’s in a bad place for no reason and when she ask for help she gets degraded as if she’s begging. She had a decent position and a decent retirement package and now she has nothing. I pray for her everyday and If I would have backed her up, my job would have been threatened. I was told to leave black people where they belong which is on welfare. I was told that she’s been on welfare before so she knows the ropes. So sad. She had two kids and was a single parent too. I don’t sleep at night anymore.

    • So true. I find that blacks with high level positions tend to distance themselves from the rest of us. They go out of their way to let the powers that be know that they are not going to pull any strings to enhance our lives.

  8. Welcome to corporate America Lynne!

    Like someone said earlier, your friend needs to sue for racial discrimination and unfair dismissal.

    I detect some harassment issues too???

    • she tried and because everyone stuck to the same story, It kept getting dismissed until years went by and now It’s too late for her. She is probably broke and can’t afford the high end attorneys that my agency can afford that will help lie. It’s a done deal for her. My punishment… I don’t sleep at night.

  9. Tired of the race card

    I dont know why black people think its ok to call white people crackers…you dont wanna be called a n****r right?…then dont call me honky or cracker!

    • I’m white and I always hear white people call black people out of there names. My friend that was picked on and fired for no reason was called an “ink spot”. Can anyone help her???? No! Just sad!!!!

  10. When will (so Call) blacks truthfully embrace there history of there forefathers and mothers. We as a people were master builders the creator of science, mathematics, religion, banking system the list go on and on. We must start within our own family to teach our children to be leaders and become masters of their own destiny and share knowledge and reserve our history, Unity Must Be Taught! If you Observe (Business) other races of people they work together and trade among themselves and hire within, A large percentage (So call) black people when they get a job they are busy trying to integrate that they totally forget their true history.

    Unity is often built around a common purpose – a harmony of interests or values that create a shared identity. When people are united by shared values and goals, they can move together, synchronizing their efforts to attain things that none could attain alone.

    • Not true. We don’t know what my friend taught her children or is teaching her children however, this is another black person that don’t trust write people. Again, she was an excellent worker that did everything right. Why was she picked on. She would probably be making a six figure salary herself by now living in her own home, driving the car of her choice but instead, she’s probably still in shock, no car at all, living in a non desirable neighborhood because she’s black. It’s not fair and the agency got a kick out of degrading her along with other black people. Oh no, she’s not the only one. She’s just the only one I know. Now if she did something bad to someone in the agency then she would be the bad guy or the crazy person. Who put her there. I worked with a lot of bias people and some of them are still there teaching their relatives to keep up the good work and keep blacks out of our neighborhoods. Sad! I don’t sleep at night!!

      • All blacks aren’t the same. There is “bad” in every nationality but I understand why blacks feel this way. It’s true, blacks are being treated exactly the way they are saying they are being treated. It’s just being done undercover. I saw it for 20 years. Whites were being treated very well, even the ones that didn’t deserve it but blacks were being treated like slaves. Trust me, blacks have the right to be angry because what they are saying is happening to them is true. Again, my friend. I don’t know where she is but I do know she’s unemployed. Did I tell you she was black listed? Yes she was. And she did nothing. I hope you don’t hear about a person going postal because it might be her!

  11. I live in Detroit and if you can see what they doing you would say god help them. We do not own s**t we can go to a brother and ask for a job white man own everything and it’s been that way since this country has been here what little the black people own we don’t seem to want to share with our own and we are nothing but tickets jailbait to them lock us up and make us pay that’s all we are to them is prison cells tickets Beat downs you think they give a f**k about us and how hard it is just trying to support your family we been f****d for the past 400 years

    • If I didn’t see it I wouldn’t believe it. Meanwhile Medicaid fraud is going on, whites getting high profile jobs, blacks getting fired because they want to move up the latter. I even heard a lot of my co workers refer black people as the n word. Sadly, It wont stop and when blacks continue to kill whites for firing them and making their lives a living h**l then maybe whites will get it. It’s not all whites but its 98% of them. I saw it all. Not a pretty picture. I’m always hearing “don’t let the white man get you down” but they are and my friend is example. The end.

  12. I’m not shocked by this, but what I am shocked by is the fact that we are still in this country. So, we shouldn’t be mad when the police shove’s are mothers and brothers around, we shouldn’t be mad when we have the highest interest rates, or the redlining or the last hired first fired or any other discrimination. Until we move out of our semi-mean mother’s basement we will be treated as the unwanted guest.

    • Mr. Jones you are not getting it. My friend lived in a condo, drove a nice car and lived in a nice neighborhood and she had every right. She didn’t live in her mothers basement. She was educated and a decent person with morals and values. WHY WAS SHE TREATED LIKE A DOG! NOW I don’t know where she is! NOW she probably is living in her mothers basement BUT NOT BY CHOICE! You are starting to sound like the bigots I worked with. You are thinking of every horrible thing this woman could have done but I’m telling you she was an excellent worker! I’m done. She’s just one of billions that is out there AND NOT BY CHOICE! She may be doing well. I’m hoping she is. I’m writing something to send to my job and to a lot of other people. Maybe this will save her and others. It will be a start.

  13. Lets drop christianity as our religion and get the h**l out of here. We can create our own republic, our laws, our jobs, our owwwwwnnnnnnnn! Ours, instead of begging someone to feed us. It’s not hatred for anyone else, its love for us. We can do it! We have Drs, lawyers, Engineers, Scientist, and everything else. And if the Clarence Thomas’s of the World wants to stay here, than f**k em. Aren’t you tired of being the first in the negative column and the last in the positive-You have to be! I know I am.

  14. The statistics are grim and the reality is worse. All of the negative impacts of unemployment and underemployment can be traced back to our lack of institutional development in our communities.
    When a community lacks institutions controlled by that community there is no other outcome to expect.
    It wasn’t that long ago that Black people owned and controlled institutions in our community.
    It wasn’t until a time roughly 50 years ago that we turned our back on those institutions and let them wither away. We had banks, hospitals, etc.
    What happened? INTEGRATION
    As stated so eloquently by Malcom X “We were hoodwinked, bamboozled, and led astray”. We missed the empowerment message in the achievement of our civil rights (integration), and in our haste to be included we didn’t see the importance of maintaining what we already had.
    If you’re too young to remember, ask a person over 65 or 70 years old. Ask them about what Black communities looked like and how the community functioned before “integration”.
    Read about Black Wall Street in Oklahoma, read about the Bronzeville district in Chicago, Paradise Valley in Detroit, and the list goes on and on.
    The question now is how do we regain our position of self reliance for our community?
    Until we make a true change in this reality, we will always be looking at how someone or some group is not treating us fairly.
    And please don’t tell me “it can’t be done”.

    • It can’t be done. Too many whites in control.

    • I just told you my story. It can’t be done. In that case a lot of blacks would be employed. The whites are controlling that and no matter what you say, It can’t and wont be done. I was told recently that they just fired another black person that did nothing. It’s a joke!

      • I have been on this site for two days and I feel the same way I did before I started commenting. While I’m writing I’m sure blacks on my job are being harassed and It will go on forever until something fatal happens. Someone that has some money will sue their behinds off, win and investigations will be done. Until then everyone be safe and I hope this never happens to you or yours. Goodbye and god bless you all.

    • I agree 100%, integration was the WORST thing to happen to Black people. And I’m building my small business too!

  15. STOP checking the “Black” box on the job forms/applications!!!!

  16. David (Future U.S. Senator)

    Venture Capital for Black Entrepreneurs should be readily available to us. It’s not available to us, because Black Leaders have not made it Priority #1. Seriously!

  17. David (Future U.S. Senator)

    Someone(s) are undermining our Economic Progress, and they are Black@!

  18. But there’s a study that clears up much of the disparity and explains it with racial exclusion.

    According to Nancy DiTomaso, author of the new book, The American Non-Dilemma: Racial Inequality Without Racism, white Americans have many of their opportunities passed from one generation to the next and tend to hoard those opportunities, only sharing them with loved ones, friends and associates.

    According to DiTomaso, most whites tend to believe that their economic advantages are almost solely merit-based and often ignore the impact of privilege in their outcomes.

    DiTomaso says that although many of the whites didn’t deliberately contribute to racial inequality, many of their actions and attitudes created the disparities that exist in America today.

    “The vast majority assumed everyone has the same opportunities, and they just somehow tried harder, were smarter,” DiTomaso said. “Not seeing how whites help other whites as the primary way that inequality gets reproduced today is very helpful. It’s easy on the mind.”

    WHAT PART OF “THIS IS A FORM OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION” DON’T THEY GET???? Oh because it’s got a white face on it, it’s called ‘helping’ their friends and family? HYPOCRITES.

  19. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx06qb9rKgk

    YouTube: “My Problem with the Black Church” Uploaded by SpadeProject on Mar 23, 2008

    CNN I-Report: “Some of the Biggest Thieves in the Black Community are it’s Preachers and no good Poverty Pimps!”

    There is more money (Billions of Dollars) that passes through the hands of the many sacrilegious Black preachers, than in any other sector of Black America, and even Preacher/Reverends betray the institution of the Church and their black congregation, to instead purchase one or more mansions in Caucasian suburbia, at the expense of his or her longstanding faithful Congregation.

    The Megga-Churches that are being built, or have been built, are paid for with the tithings of working class U.S. born black men and women, but are actually built by any other ethnic group but U.S. born descendant of slavery.

    This could have been a productive revenue stream to make it possible to employ inner-city black men and women as carpenters, electricians, plumbers, elevator mechanics, cement masons, welders, engineers, architects, you name it, but that is the nature of “monkey” business in the inner-city, jackleg reverends, sleazy individuals, unethical and inept black lawyers, are doing far more harm to Black America than any struggling to survive rap artist, con artist, Crip, Cripette, Blood, Bloodette, Nation of Islam member, incorrigible teenager, etc,. etc.

  20. It’s basic, all these foundations that are so called Black celebities have should be focused on starting manufacturing and other type of businesses that will allow us to do something for ourseilves. The Honorablce Elijah Muhammad gave u the blueprint in the lare 60′s early 70′s Wake up Balck Man and do for self…Hold your celebrites that you made famous accountable…the talents that most of them have are God Given, athletes, singers etc…they are duty bound to give back in a tangible way to help there fans…Wake up!

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  24. i an a white man I can tell you first hand, it’s no benefit to be one if you are living in poverty. I’ve lived a life much like a black person from a challenging upbringing might. I have few friends and no one will hire me. My standards in friends are too high and my prospects for work too low.
    I have been subjected racism and have never returned the favor. My civil rights have been violated by indians, whites, blacks and Latinos. I believe this is a poverty issue, though prejudices of all sorts exacerbate the problem. It’s what the individual does for the human race as a whole that matters. Generalizations are useless to me.

  25. Im a white woman in canada and I grew up middle class. I have lived in poverty in the capital of ottawa since 2008. I have had to live in rooms. I am educated as well and held great jobs all my life working since age 15. I think the reason whites and blacks born here are not being hired is because of massive immigration of all other races in north america and also affirmative action policies. Now if you are a white woman born here you cannot apply for a government job but someone who just landed from india can and they are not even a citizen. I see this time and time again its so unfair.

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