If you don’t believe that racism in the job market is real, then please read this article by Yolanda Spivey. Spivey, who was seeking work in the insurance industry, found that she wasn’t getting any job offers. But as an experiment, she changed her name to Bianca White, to see if employers would respond differently. You’ll be shocked and amazed by her phenomenal story.
Before I begin, let me quote the late, great, Booker T. Washington who said, “Of all forms of slavery there is none that is so harmful and degrading as that form of slavery which tempts one human being to hate another by reason of his race or color.”For two years, I have been unemployed. In the beginning, I applied to more than three hundred open positions in the insurance industry—an industry that I’ve worked in for the previous ten years. Not one employer responded to my resume. So, I enrolled back into college to finish my degree. After completing school this past May, I resumed my search for employment and was quite shocked that I wasn’t getting a single response. I usually applied for positions advertised on the popular website Monster.com. I’d used it in the past and have been successful in obtaining jobs through it.
Two years ago, I noticed that Monster.com had added a “diversity questionnaire” to the site. This gives an applicant the opportunity to identify their sex and race to potential employers. Monster.com guarantees that this “option” will not jeopardize your chances of gaining employment. You must answer this questionnaire in order to apply to a posted position—it cannot be skipped. At times, I would mark off that I was a Black female, but then I thought, this might be hurting my chances of getting employed, so I started selecting the “decline to identify” option instead. That still had no effect on my getting a job. So I decided to try an experiment: I created a fake job applicant and called her Bianca White.
First, I created an email account and resume for Bianca. I kept the same employment history and educational background on her resume that was listed on my own. But I removed my home phone number, kept my listed cell phone number, and changed my cell phone greeting to say, “You have reached Bianca White. Please leave a message.” Then I created an online Monster.com account, listed Bianca as a White woman on the diversity questionnaire, and activated the account.
That very same day, I received a phone call. The next day, my phone line and Bianca’s email address, were packed with potential employers calling for an interview. I was stunned. More shocking was that some employers, mostly Caucasian-sounding women, were calling Bianca more than once, desperate to get an interview with her. All along, my real Monster.com account was open and active; but, despite having the same background as Bianca, I received no phone calls. Two jobs actually did email me and Bianca at the same time. But they were commission only sales positions. Potential positions offering a competitive salary and benefits all went to Bianca.
At the end of my little experiment, (which lasted a week), Bianca White had received nine phone calls—I received none. Bianca had received a total of seven emails, while I’d only received two, which again happen to have been the same emails Bianca received. Let me also point out that one of the emails that contacted Bianca for a job wanted her to relocate to a different state, all expenses paid, should she be willing to make that commitment. In the end, a total of twenty-four employers looked at Bianca’s resume while only ten looked at mines.
Is this a conspiracy, or what? I’m almost convinced that White Americans aren’t suffering from disparaging unemployment rates as their Black counterpart because all the jobs are being saved for other White people.
My little experiment certainly proved a few things. First, I learned that answering the diversity questionnaire on job sites such as Monster.com’s may work against minorities, as employers are judging whom they hire based on it. Second, I learned to suspect that resumes with ethnic names may go into the wastebasket and never see the light of day.
Other than being chronically out of work, I embarked on this little experiment because of a young woman I met while I was in school. She was a twenty-two-year-old Caucasian woman who, like myself, was about to graduate. She was so excited about a job she had just gotten with a well-known sporting franchise. She had no prior work experience and had applied for a clerical position, but was offered a higher post as an executive manager making close to six figures. I was curious to know how she’d been able to land such a position. She was candid in telling me that the human resource person who’d hired her just “liked” her and told her that she deserved to be in a higher position. The HR person was also Caucasian.
Another reason that pushed me to do this experiment is because of the media. There’s not a day that goes by in which I fail to see a news program about how tough the job market is. Recently, while I was watching a report on underemployed and underpaid Americans, I saw a middle aged White man complaining that he was making only $80,000 which was $30,000 less than what he was making before. I thought to myself that in this economy, many would feel they’d hit the jackpot if they made 80K a year.In conclusion, I would like to once again quote the late, great, Booker T. Washington when he said, “You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.”
The more America continues to hold back great candidates based on race, the more our economy is going to stay in a rut. We all need each other to prosper, flourish, and to move ahead.
This is the kind of thing that makes me wonder if my name us the reason I’m not hearing back from anyone.
Oh thank goodness, someone made a yaoi hands photoset so I don’t have to
Pokemon Cards that tell stories
Favorite rival: Paul
Where do I even start with this guy? Starts off with a personality absolutely worth hating. Establishes himself as Ash’s equal, or even better, from the start, appears consistently, clearly knows what he’s doing. He’s the other side of the coin with Ash, and everyone knows it. That alone makes the rivalry worth watching.
You really want to see him get beat when he first appears, and even more as the show goes on. But you’re not given that satisfaction. Him and Ash tie on their first meeting, and he’s consistently shown to be more strategic and bigger on raw power than Ash is. Hell, look at Lake Verity. Their first full battle and Ash got stomped, 0-4.
Unlike Gary, though, their relationship is consistently explored. Ash is friendly and outgoing, wanting to make the best of his rivalry with Paul. The latter keeps to himself, and finds Ash intrusive and annoying. He’s presented as a huge jerk, which to an extent he is, but if you watch DP over again, Ash is usually the one pursuing and pestering him, trying to get him to change his ways; understandably so. For example, in Cynthia’s premiere, Ash is yelling at him for treating his Pokemon like pawns for victory. His response is basically just “you do things your way, and I’ll do things my way.”
That does sound like a respectable response… Had he not just said that their feelings matter a lot less than winning. Soon after, even, he abandons Chimchar, whom we’re shown has been basically put through abuse by him. It’s even bad enough that Team Rocket hates his guts. Ash takes in his abandoned Pokemon, a la Damien and Charmander. Unlike that character though, Paul sticks around, and gets to witness Ash being a better trainer for the little primate.
So good vs evil becomes a thematic clash; or rather, different types of training that can be read that way. While Ash is certainly at his best during Diamond/Pearl as a trainer, and makes very impressive showings, his rival is pretty much the definition of a real life competitive player. Which is something I find interesting, especially since many insist that any real life player worth their salt would stomp Ash. But here we see the same thing. Movesets matter, stats matter, strategy matters, nothing but victory matters. Aside from the Pokeringer contest, until the end of the series Paul shows himself to be more thoughtful in battle than Ash does. It didn’t show until the end of the series that Ash’s way of fighting was equally good, when he took things seriously.
Oh, and have you seen him battle? He has a team full of powerhouses, all equipped with everything they need to ruthlessly beat an opponent down. Electivire, Magmortar, Ursaring, Honchkrow, Drapion, Torterra, Aggron… Need I really go on? He came off as incredibly formidable, which made any battle involving his tense and intimidating. It held interest.
Also, his crummy personality. Rather than just being “hahaha I’m bad, I’m a heartless bastard because I am,” D/P avoids that. He watched his brother, a trainer with quite the collection of credentials, go into the Battle Frontier and fail against its strongest Brain. What did he do? Quit. He gave up. He was particularly kind to his Pokemon, like Ash is. He was all about compassion and respect. To Paul, a young trainer, the two became associated. He was ashamed of his brother’s ‘weakness’ and decided that strength mattered more than anything. Reggie’s methods led to failure. It also explained why he had so much disdain for Ash and his ways.
While he was incredibly formidable, however, he wasn’t an invincible Gary Stu. No. When he faced Brandon, his anger got the better of him and he lost. Badly. Which had double the impact considering one season ago, Ash had beaten Brandon.
Then there was the final battle. Ash and Paul clashed one more time in an action-packed, dynamic three episode battle. Both of them showed great power and skill, testing the others’ limits. Their battle styles really contrasted there. Ash’s quick wit in the heat of the moment along with his willpower, and Paul’s cold calculating style, which gave him quite the edge. In the end, Ash’s love and dedication to the Infernape Paul failed brought him through to victory.
In the end, though, they respected one another. It wasn’t “your way is better.” I think the message to take away is that different styles are good for different Pokemon, and their methods both have merit. Paul did show some growth in terms of compassion, and Ash respected his strategic way of battling. Cynthia’s lesson really shined through. When two lives meet, something will be born.
Easily my favorite, most interesting, most daunting, and most engaging rival.
people who wear pants past 7 are not the kind of people i associate with
jesus christ i’m getting hate over this because people are putting the word ‘size’ in there when thats not what i was saying
AS IN THE FUCKING TIME
I thought you meant past age 7 and I was rly confused
"Happy birthday son. Since you’re eight now it’s time you learn about kilts.”
If anyone’s watching Get TV right now, please be witness to the fact that “Aim for the horn” does not exist in the Japanese version and that it was originally Pikachu’s idea to attack Rhydon’s horn.
Daily Show correspondent Michael Che tries to find a safe place to report from.
I was in love with this boy once so I started to beat him up everyday but people thought we were rough housing bc boys can’t like each other and one day I was like “dude I like you a lot but I can’t cope with my feelings so I beat you up im sorry” and he was like “dude that’s really chill we can hold hands if you want??? Btw you have really good punches.” And that’s the story of how I had my first boyfriend
that was wild from start to finish
Okay I know it’s kind of upsetting how little Clemont got to shine in this episode even though it was his sister that was in danger, and it might be even more frustrating considering it was Ash who stole his thunder but dig this
- The reason why Ash stopped Clemont and volunteered to go save Bonnie himself was clearly because he was concerned about Clemont’s safety. He was worried that Clemont might not make it, and let’s be frank, his concerns were justified.
- That was probably the closest we’ve come to a genuine Ash/Bonnie moment in the series so far except for the tiny tidbits from the two openings.
I’M SORRY BUT MY TWISTED AND COMPLETELY IRRATIONAL MIND WAS SCREAMING NOTHING BUT DIODESITRUUNADIODESITRUUNADIODESITRUUNADIODESITRUUNASORRYI’MNOTSORRY
TW: Rape, sexual harassment, abuse
If you’re involved with the Animal Crossing community on facebook at all, stay clear of WIlliam Zulu Barnes. https://www.facebook.com/williamjameszulubarnes
Do not talk to him, do not add him, and maybe stay clear of groups that he’s in (he’s in a LOT). He has messaged several underaged girls explicit messages and pictures of his genitalia, and quickly escalates to threatening messages when they ask him to stop. Do not allow a predator to be a part of your AC communities.
This is very important. There is also another male in his 20s harassing younger females on Instagram and befriending them to later reveal himself in this same manner. If you happen to come across these predators, men. Report, report, report!!! No need for men to ruin this Nintendo community the way they have are doing.
Also reblog to inform others.
Apologies for the villager trading interruption, but PLEASE be safe guys. Please signal boost this and stay safe.
Can we all take a moment to admire just how cute red pandas are.
You mean fire-ferrets.
Um no, I meant god damn red pandas!
When Ash first started using Dawn’s catchphrase, it was often used in the context of sarcasm, teasing Dawn for how much she uses the phrase, but over the course of DP that same catchphrase started to be used by Ash in every day conversation, even when Dawn wasn’t in earshot or the subject of the conversation. Dawn’s one mantra affected Ash to the point of him using it a 100% genuine manner, and the phrase soon became theirs instead of just Dawn’s.
So when Ash sees Dawn looking away in sadness, he reminds her of the phrase that got her and Ash himself through the rough spots in their Sinnoh Journey For the final goodbye Ash uses the phrase with full confidence and conviction, no longer being the subject of a tease but that of a genuine, mutual connection between friends, a beautiful way to say goodbye.
I adored this scene but then it made me cry and then my heart broke and then I died.
The evolution of the Pokémon logo.