A new study reveals some surprising facts about how hiring is done in the United States, and raises an number of disturbing truths regarding both common and institutional racism. The study highlighted that companies that drug tested their employees wound up hiring more, not less, African-American employees.
A new drug testing study reveals some surprising facts about how hiring is done in the U.S., and raises some serious questions about institutional racism.
The model used for the study, which revealed that Black employment increased between 7% and 30% in states with supportive laws for drug testing and wages increased by 1.4% and 13%, was designed by Abigail Wozniak, a Notre Dame labor economist. Some may find this news surprising
after all, African-Americans are hit decidedly hard by the so-called “War on Drug” policies. Despite this, there’s plenty of evidence that Whites and Blacks use drugs at the same rate, while there’s more evidence for White alcohol abuse than there is for alcohol abuse of any other group except Native American.
According to Quartz, who published the results of the study:
Wozniak also cites opinion polls that show a stronger support for drug testing from unskilled labor and black workers than from educated White workers. Wozniak said that these numbers seem to indicate that people, on some level, understand the policies benefit them.
This is just a “first look” at their relationships, and Wozniak is the first to admit that there needs to be more work done to determine just how labor market discrimination works, and how to go about fixing it. However, the initial findings will surprise many people, since they take ingrained stereotypes and show them for what they are — stereotypes.
Posted by: Josh Kilburn in Class Warfare, Policy, Racism, Social Issues May 17, 2014
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When US companies drug test, they wind up hiring more black people