Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Affirmative action and Privilege

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The general social survey contains a number of highly interesting statistics. After we talked about affirmative action this week, I went on the survey and looked at people’s responses to questions on affirmative action.

One question I found highly interesting was: What do you think the chances are these days that a white
person won’t get a job or promotion while an equally or less
qualified black person gets one instead?

The responses to these questions are below in percentages and total numbers.

Frequency Distribution
Cells contain:
DISCAFF 1: VERY LIKELY 18.4%
1,248
2: SOMEWHAT LIKELY 47.6%
3,227
3: NOT VERY LIKELY 34.0%
2,303
COL TOTAL 100.0%
6,778

According to these people’s beliefs, 65% of the respondents said that they believed it was at least somewhat likely that a black man would be promoted over a white man of equal ability. In spite of these beliefs, whites still dominate the business field.

This also ties into our book reading- that of privilege. People refuse to believe that the world has worked against them, not for them, which is how social testing results such as this become possible.

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Written by ahartzog

September 19, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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