Questions to Consider 1-5 (Chapter 4, Pages #123-124)
Questions to Consider (End of Chapter)
- What factor(s) caused the experiences of European and African newcomers to the United States in the period from the 1600s through the 1800s to be so different?
- What does empirical research say about access and treatment discrimination against Blacks?
- In Brief’s empirical study of “new racism,” unqualified Whites were preferred over qualified Blacks. What role might pervasive stereotypes about Blacks play in decision-makers’ failure to promote clearly qualified Blacks, even those who have been working for organizations for a while and have demonstrated their competencies? What can be done about this?
- In the Bertrand and Mullainathan study of name-based discrimination, job applicants with “Black-sounding” names were granted interviews significantly fewer times than those with “White-sounding” names. Speculate on what might happen to a Black applicant who had a “White-sounding” name and was called for an interview. At what point(s) might prejudice eliminate the applicant from the selection process? What benefit(s) might accrue to such an applicant from being called for the interview? What are some specific things that organizations might do to reduce the likelihood of name-based discrimination in the selection process? How would they know if these steps were working?
- 4b. Do you know any Blacks with any of the “White-sounding” names used in the study or others more commonly associated with Whites? Do you know of any Whites with any of the “Black-sounding” names used in the study or others more commonly associated with Blacks? Discuss their interview and employment experiences with them. 5a.How do you think most African American customers respond when treated unfairly in a store (for example, being passed over for service)? If an African American customer were to complain to store management about disparate treatment by an employee, what would you suggest the manager do to retain the customer? How should the manager respond to the employee? 5b.How do you think most White customers would respond if they were served before Black customers who had arrived first in a store or restaurant? Would the White customers notice that the Black customers had been skipped? What would they do? How would they react if the Black customer complained? Have you observed (or experienced) such an event?
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