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Racism is real: Black sounding names are 50% less likely to be called back for interviews in US



By Prateek Kumar

The categorization of a man and his race is really absurd, as it has nothing to do with genetic characteristics. The model of racism was conceived by a few divergent capitalists who describe themselves as superior and the real inhabitants of the land. Race determines a social and primary method that shows how people perceive ideas from different facets.

A study, in reference to a three minute video named ‘Racism is real’ by Brave new films, has truly justified the disguised form of racism within American boundaries. Tracing the U.S history, the meaning of race or a label “white” has been changed with the passage of time, and now Americans perceive a different meaning of racism.

Race is something that defines a person’s stature and level of efficacy in the society. It is something which you are not born with but something that is forcefully implied upon the dominated section of the society.

Holding an agenda to make a neutral society, the video tends us to rethink about the social and political norms prevailing in the society. The video extensively reveals the white monopoly that is being followed by the Americans to satisfy their racist attributes.

Yale University, the American Civil Liberties Union and the New England Journal of Medicine came up with the following eight reasons or levels of distinction, depicted in the video, that are still faced by the black community.

Does name really matter?

The study not only elongates the fact that those having black sounding names are less preferred by the white employers, but has also revealed that more than ten thousand job application forms were rejected in the year 2013 on the basis of the names they carry. Black sounding names are 50% less likely to be called back for interviews, leading the dejected black people to encroach into different crimes.

Burden them with higher prices

The other classification made by the researchers is developed on the basis of purchases made buy the black people.

Black people are illegally charged more on any purchase they do, as most of the American sellers don’t want them to occupy the luxurious objects like cars, cell phones, etc., so that ‘the Blacks’ can’t reach out to ‘the White’s’ level.

Are terrible drivers?

Black drivers are insignificantly more popular among the American security agencies and are prime suspects for any illegal outrage. Therefore, without any reason, black drivers are twice as likely to get pulled over.

Unable to find a favorable neighborhood

There are very less varieties of houses for the blacks, as Whites don’t consider them to be ‘the ideal neighbors.’ Hence, black homebuyers are shown 17.7% fewer available houses for sale. Comparatively, whites have more options and that too at a lower cost.

Identified as drug dealers

Blacks are considered as the bloodsucker of the society. It is claimed that they are the one promoting marijuana in America. However, the study contradicts all the irrational claims. It also pronounces that the consumption of marijuana is equal among blacks and whites, but black people are 3.7 times more likely to be arrested for it.

Are suspected as criminals

The ratio of police detention between blacks and white is 6:1. They are always being judged on the basis of their color, as black color is eventually used for a negative connotation. They are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of white people.

Are considered as leftovers by the doctors

Doctors are looked upon as the saviors. However, living in a racially inflicted society, they abandon the black community. Doctors never inform black patients about any disorder their body has. It is found that blacks were less likely to be referred for cardiac catheterization than whites.

Are also neglected by the government authorities

The government developmental bodies are also held responsible for this domination as their response on any query asked by a black is not frequently answered. However, due to a black President leading the country, such discrimination is moving at a slower pace.


Racism is a part of human psyche that is engraved in our minds since the time of inception. Some consider it right whereas some take it as a forbidden offence.

The video and the related studies have proved that not only the US but the entire world considers race as a mark of identification.

In a nutshell, we can say that the video has not only exposed the inverted and outrageous minds of the western people, but also enabled us to rethink about this crude form of distinction. But still, tagging an entire group of people as racist is ridiculous, to say the least.

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Facebook, YouTube dominate social media use in US

A majority of Americans across a wide range of demographic groups now use Facebook

Facebook one of the most popular apps in US. Pixabay
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  • Facebook and Youtube are most popular apps in the US
  • The apps are particularly very popular among youngsters
  • Other popular apps are LinkedIn, Snapchat, WhatsApp etc.

When it comes to social media penetration in daily life, a majority of Americans are hooked on Facebook and YouTube but millennials prefer photo-sharing platforms Snapchat and Instagram, a new survey has revealed.

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Youngsters use a lots of app these days. Wikimedia Commons

According to the Pew Research Centre, 68 percent of all Americans use Facebook and three-quarters of that access the social media platform on a daily basis.

Nearly 74 percent of adults use YouTube and 94 percent of young users visit YouTube on their computers or smartphones.

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With the exception of those 65 and older, a majority of Americans across a wide range of demographic groups now use Facebook.

“Younger Americans (especially those ages 18 to 24) stand out for embracing a variety of platforms and using them frequently. Some 78 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds use Snapchat, and a sizeable majority of these users (71 percent) visit the platform multiple times per day,” the findings showed.

YouTube is another most popular app in the US. Pixabay
YouTube is another most popular app in the US. Pixabay

Similarly, 71 percent of Americans in this age group now use Instagram and close to half (45 percent) are Twitter users, the survey noted.

“These findings also highlight the public’s sometimes conflicting attitudes toward social media. For example, the share of social media users who say these platforms would be hard to give up has increased by 12 percentage points compared with a survey conducted in early 2014, the Pew Research Centre said.

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By the same token, a majority of users (59 percent) say it would not be hard to stop using these sites, including 29 percent who say it would not be hard at all to give up social media.

Some 88 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds indicated that they use any form of social media. That share falls to 78 percent among those ages 30 to 49, to 64 percent among those ages 50 to 64 and to 37 percent among Americans 65 and older.

Pinterest remains substantially more popular with women — 41 percent — than men (16 percent). LinkedIn remains especially popular among college graduates and those in high-income households.

WhatsApp is one of the most popular apps in Latin America.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular apps in Latin America.

“Some 50 percent of Americans with a college degree use LinkedIn, compared with just 9 percent of those with a high school diploma or less,” the survey said.

The messaging service WhatsApp is popular in Latin America, and this popularity also extends to Latinos in the US – 49 percent of Hispanics report that they are WhatsApp users, compared with 14 percent of whites and 21 percent of blacks. IANS