Gender Stereotypes And Discrimination

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In today 's society people are still very judgemental based off a name or skin complexion. They do not even have to know the person but will still judge them. A lot of people specifically African Americans are unemployed today because they are not given a fair chance. African Americans can apply to jobs and their applications can be tossed away because their name is to “ghetto”. That is not fair a person should never judge based off of an name because the qualifications can be the same or much higher. That same person can be the hardest worker in America, the person that looks over the applications will never know because they never gave that person an opportunity. People is not given a choice at birth when it comes to them being named. They …show more content…
She addressed the fact that she would not hire anyone based on the name that they were given, and according to Webster dictionary; Discrimination is treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing is perceived to belong to rather than on individual merit. Early in October, Raven-Symone went on television to say, “I’m not going to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It’s just not going to happen. I’m not going to hire you.” The moment Raven-Symone wrote an apology contradiction herself, is when she should have been taken off of The View. Many African Americans today have been denied jobs because of what their names are. Many people meet the requirements and even have more, due to the fact that they have to be well-trained in any career field they are looking to pursue. In Emanuella Grinberg article, The Problem with Raven-Symone’s comment about black names, he quotes Jamilah Lemieux column, Raven-Symone Rips Black Names, But Forgot About her Own” she states,”The whole world is trying to tear us apart and you want to discount the value of some other black person because she, TOO, has a black name, Raven hypen alternate spelling of ‘Simone’? You got the nerve.” This show that many feel the hypocrisy Raven has shown to the black community throughout her career on …show more content…
Raven-Symone made the age-old mistake of admitting something like that in public. We all have a clear understanding with names we see and how employers will throw some resumes straight in the trash if they see some name that involuntarily makes you roll your eyes. Morgan Jenkins author of “Appreciate the History of Names to Root out Stigma” she address how employment of African Americans is based on the “racially palatable.” After reading the article, Raven is technically not wrong for expressing the opinion she holds. After Morgan Jerkins brought up facts such as teachers having less expectations for people with African American names and, also jobs considering the typical American name over the African American name this is a problem that must be addressed to provide equal opportunity in the future. I agree with most of what Jerkins has to say about this issue. It is impossible to deny that words do have connotations both good and bad and affect how people perceive things on a subconscious level. Racism is engrained into society, so it is not surprising that “black-sounding” names are commonly linked with the stereotypical African American. This is why, as Jerkins mentioned, teachers expect less of their students with black-sounding names, and managers are hesitant to hire people with black-sounding names. Although most white people

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