Thursday, October 28, 2010

Colors of Great Recession: Black, Brown and Pink (Slips)

Florida Center for Investigative Reporting
Published on October 28, 2010.
By Ralph De La Cruz
Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

Among the first things to go when times get tough are good intentions.
For almost two decades, American companies worked to bring under-represented Hispanic and black workers into their workplaces. With labels like, “Our commitment top diversity,” they told us that it made economic sense to have the workforce reflect the population. Particularly in a nation where minorities are heading toward majority status.
Then came one big, bad recession and … well, have you noticed you don’t hear much about affirmative action anymore? Or how blacks, Latinos and women are moving up at the expense of white men? There are no big make-a-statement state initiatives about banning race as a consideration for hiring.

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