February 12, 2016

These Researchers Changed Two Words in a Resume to Highlight Racial Stereotyping in Hiring, and the Results Were Shocking

While some argue that we live in a post-racial society, a recent study by Cornell University’s Center for the Study of Inequality (CSI) suggests there is still work to be done.

To prove that racial minorities have a more difficult experience finding jobs, researchers composed two nearly identical resumes. The resumes had the same work experience, education, and skills. The only difference was the name at the top. These resumes are shown below.

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As you can see, the first resume displayed a “black-sounding” name, Dwayne Johnson. The second displayed a stereotypical “wrestler-sounding” name, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

The results were unbelievable. While the first resume managed several callbacks for prime-time TV appearances and multi-million dollar action films, the second resume received callbacks on dozens of opportunities, including offers for San Andreas and Furious spinoffs, WWE video game voice-overs, hosting the Kid’s Choice Awards and Saturday Night Live, charity speaking engagements, and lead roles in five TV pilots.

This just goes to show that we have a long way to go before there is equality for everyone, whether they are black, white, or wrestler/actor/celebrity icon.

What does this study say about race and wrestling in America? let us know in the comments!

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