Ladies and Gentlemen, brothas and sistas, meet Andrew Moskowitz. He lives in Decatur, Georgia and is a hiring manager for a company (thought to have been The Cotton Mill, until it was discounted as mistaken information). As you can see, he’s a dog person.
He is also a closeted racist who revealed himself in a comment he made in the New York Times Facebook post regarding his “selective” hiring practices.
That’s right, folks. If you have a black-sounding name, and you want to apply for a job at the company Moskowitz is working for, you will not get it. You see, to him, it takes too much work trying to spell and pronounce it. It makes other workers tense, and the person with that name obviously has an attitude because, you know, they’re black and they’re names sound funny.
So, if you’re a black person with a name like Daquan, Shaniqua, Malik or Latifah, your ass is plum outta luck, if you want to work for a company that Moskowitz is employed to as long as he is in charge of hiring. You may not even be black, but if you’re name sounds suspiciously “black”, you’re screwed.
Moskowitz’s comment has been the talk of Tumblr. There is currently a push to get his name and his racism out to the public.
As yet another blow to the post-racial society lie is delivered, I thought about all the times white people would love to criticize black people of not taking responsibility to get out there and work. The stereotype is that black people are typically lazy, always looking for a handout through welfare, sponging off the government.
Of course, the majority of black folks are out there working. Many are working multiple jobs a day just to make ends. And it’s no secret they are paid less than white people for the same jobs.
There are plenty of brothas and sistas who want jobs. They are perfectly willing to work. But, it’s people like Moskowitz that is putting the lid on their hopes to make some dough. And Moskowitz is not unique.
Studies have shown that applicants with white-sounding names are 50 percent more likely to get called for an interview than those with black-sounding names. Applicants with white-sounding names need to send about ten resumes for one callback as opposed to applicants with black-sounding names that need to send at least 15 for the name result.
Like the Shakespearian quote suggests, “What’s in a name…?” Unfortunately in America, it matters if you want a job in most companies.
Some people will argue that if black people will stop giving their children “ghetto” names, maybe they would be hired. But that doesn’t solve anything when you show up for an interview, and the hiring manager takes one look at your black ass and automatically have doubts whether your competent or not. Your name can be Trevor, Susan, Ebenezer or Amber. If you’re black, and the hiring manager is racist, your chance of getting the position is decreased substantially.
Moskowitz most likely already rejected prospects because their names and(or) their skin color did not suit his idea of what a qualified person should look like. There are many more like him in this nation. They will reject a brotha or sister who is doing what white people nag black people to do even though there are plenty of them out doing the damn thing. And after work, they drive home and they spot those people out in the street hustling any way they can just to put food in their stomachs. A good person would normally admit their mistake and try to fix it, but a racist will see that as confirmation as to why they’re not hired.
*UPDATE* There have been claims that Moskowitz is not employed with The Cotton Mill. However, there are rumors that there were calls made to Moskowitz at The Cotton Mill in which the person on the other line states that he is not in. Yet, no matter what company he works for, he clearly shows racial bias.
*SECOND UPDATE* It has been confirmed that the company does not have an employee named Andrew Moskowitz, and the connection between him and the company is mislead thanks to Twitter. More on this fiasco is reported at the Daily Dot.
It’s clear that Moskowitz has caused a lot of confusion from that one comment alone, along with the false connection that tied him to a company he’s not a part of. However, the subject of the blog is still unchanged. Moskowitz’s comment represents the issue of racism in employment and hiring.
Let’s also learn that in order to fight racism, the right information must be obtained before critical mistakes are made. Brotha Wolf would like to apologize to The Cotton Mills company for contributing to the confusion.