Black Female Writer: Gay Black Men’s Salaries Are on Par With Those of Straight White Men. Progress?

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    Jun 18, 2014 2:35 AM GMT

    Conventional wisdom has been that no one has it tougher than racial minorities who are gay. One study found (pdf) that gay black teens are more likely to be homeless than gay teens from other racial groups. Other studies show that black men face a disadvantage in hiring. A notorious 2003 study (pdf) found that white men with a criminal record were more likely to be hired than black men without one.

    All of which make results of new research published by Princeton sociologist David Pedulla so surprising. He conducted a résumé test among hundreds of employers, supplying some résumés with names more likely to be stereotyped as those of white applicants, and others with names more likely to be identified as those of black applicants. On some résumés, Pedulla indicated that the applicant had participated in a Gay Student Advisory Council. Among all the fictional applicants, the one with the name that sounded like a black male (Darnell) who participated in the Gay Student Advisory Council was more likely to be considered for the same starting salary as that of a heterosexual white male.
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    Jun 18, 2014 3:35 AM GMT
    It's progress. Being black and gay is difficult, so many of us put in twice the work and twice the effort just to even meet minimum standards, which in turn has helped achieve this sort of parity.
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    Jun 18, 2014 4:39 AM GMT
    The obvious answer is that it's good business to hire those who can help you check off multiple token categories icon_twisted.gif