In the light of the sexist and racial opinion by Don Imus, racism is obviously alive and well in the wider society, notably the workplace. And how can you deal with such ethnic bias that is open? Legal demands might come the tangible, open kinds of racism, but they’re useless against subversive discriminatory practices which have been woven into the fabric of working life: like intimidation, put downs, poor appraisals, insufficient progress, insufficient acceptable states and appropriate training, negative labels and name calling, needing to carry the load of ‘virtue’ and feeling isolated in the group. Those are typical kinds of 21st century racial discrimination.
It starts in the recruitment period. Human beings gravitate towards their very own kind for validation, encouragement, protection and comfort. This is not any different in the recruiting procedure. Put simply, we recruit in our very own image and likeness. That is why many workplaces remain ardently monocultural, mostly representing one ethnic grouping. As the majority society has possession of business and sets the standards, racial discrimination starts from the advert stage. From the moment the candidate’s CV arrives in front of the gatekeeper that is interviewing, a minority man has been judged in a different way from their co-workers.
First, they are going to be judged on their name and ruled out; afterward if the interview is made by them, they’re going to be judged on voice, character, customs, demo and perception that usually do not fit with or conform to anticipation. It will always be a burden which other underrepresented groups as well as minorities have to carry although this word is never utilized with White males. White workers automatically ‘merit’ a position or look entitled to it without question. Minority ethnic staff, other underrepresented groups and women, have to demonstrate they ‘merit’ it, to warrant their existence. In exactly the same time, recruiters miss the supreme irony that, as we constantly recruit in our personal image and likeness, many guys are hired solely through their gender!