Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Some people never learn

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Apparently, Abercrombie didn’t learn from it’s first discrimination suit. Recently, a Muslim woman was denied a job at an Abercrombie store because she must wear a hijab as a religious practice. She’s suing the company for religious discrimination. Abercrombie’s arguments are similar to the ones discussed in class about Hooters. They believe they have the right to refuse employment to someone whose personal beliefs and practices could hurt the success of the company. From an economic point of view, I agree that they were in their right to deny the Muslim woman employment. But I also believe that society should stop trying to resolve individual cases of prejudice instead of addressing the underlying cause. Why would an employee wearing a hijab negatively affect the consumption of a company’s products in the first place? Obviously, racism is prevalent in the minds of all citizens, but it is only in cases brought to the attention of legal authorities that it is acknowledged. The only way that people will start to dissolve their racial stereotypes is by being exposed to diverse groups. So Abercrombie refusing to hire a Muslim woman because customers will feel uncomfortable is only perpetuating the existing racial system.


Written by larosa29

September 26, 2009 at 8:32 pm

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  1. This is an interesting issue because it can be difficult when navigating the moral issues surrounding the success of your business. However because Abercrombie already has a track record for discrimination against individuals who do not fit their ‘mold’ of what the perfect employee looks like I think it is probably a pretty good argument that they are discriminating against this woman in an unjust way. It also reminds me of an issue I heard about in England where some Sikhs raised the issue of not being able to wear their turbans to work (in the public transit system) and were able to win the argument and were later approved to wear the turbans while working. Not completely related but still a similar issue connecting both of the stories…


    September 26, 2009 at 8:43 pm

  2. I don’t think abercrombie will ever be fair when it come to their hiring process. Obvious discrimination against certain races have already been reported but I am sure several other incidents have occurred that have not been mentioned by the media. All of us know that there is a social preference to people who are attractive so why would it be any different for employers who are trying to practically sell an image. We all notice that thin,young primarily white men and women work at abercrombie stores. Where are all the average looking people at? I doubt only attractive people are the ones to apply, so they are obviously being prejudice against several groups of people not just those based on their race.


    September 26, 2009 at 11:27 pm

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