If a system has proven to have racist outcomes, it is not enough to say “dang, too bad it disenfranchises people, but we really don’t have another way to do it.” This applies to the SAT. This applies to your tech interviews. This applies to most every “meritocratic” system.
This is such a common way in which racism is allowed to live. “But uh, how else would we narrow down our applicant pool if we don’t use university pedigree to screen?” “Welp, that’s a good question but since we already know the other way has racist outcomes, let’s get to work.”
I mean sincerely pay attention to how many times racism is allowed to thrive using this excuse. Abolition, health equity, education, politics. This excuse is frequently how we get stuck in a deeply racist society.
And what it does is ask people of color to take on all the risk of an inequitable society. It demands actually that we “step our game up” to defeat racism and many times misogyny in order to even be “allowed” to push back.
This is why high wage work in America isn’t integrated. This is why wage justice for many roles from teaching to grocery store clerk to caregiving doesn’t exist. This is why we have so much of our communities in prison.
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