Black Woman Pretends To Be White After Two Years Of Unemployment

1-10-2014 3-02-43 PM

One African-American woman [unnamed] was unemployed for two years, even after she applied for more than three hundred open positions in the insurance industry. It was an industry in which she had a degree and previously worked in for ten years, but not one employer responded to her resume on the job search site, Monster.com. However, she noticed there was a mandatory “diversity questionnaire” that was recently implemented, which guaranteed the survey would not jeopardize chances of gaining employment.

The woman was enlisted as a “black female” until she thought this might be hurting her chances of getting a job, so she began selecting “decline to identify.” This still had no effect. For the sake of experiments, the woman created a fake job applicant and named her Bianca White. After making an email account, a Monster.com account and a resume for a Caucasian female named Bianca, the woman changed her voicemail greeting to say: “You have reached Bianca White. Please leave a message.” The woman began applying to jobs for both herself and “Bianca White,” which both had the same background history on their resumes.

By the next day, Bianca’s email address was packed with potential employers asking to set up an interview. There were also employers leaving voicemails, sometimes multiple times, desperately trying to get in contact with Bianca. All along, the African-American woman with the same employment history received no calls pertaining to the job applications she had applied for.

By the end of the week-long experiment, Bianca had received a total of nine phone calls, seven emails, and an offer for an all-expense paid relocation to a different state. On the other hand, the African-American woman received no phone calls, and only two emails, which happened to be the same two that responded to Bianca and were commission only sales positions. In conclusion, a total of twenty-four employers looked at the profile of “Bianca White,” while only ten looked at the African-American woman’s profile.

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