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    I was happy to see the piece on how Twitter is providing an open forum for black voices not often heard in traditional media.

    That stood in welcome contrast to the interview I heard on NPR last weekend with Nancy Ditomaso, discussing her NYT editorial on real life social networks: How Social Networks Drive Black Unemployment.

    I was a little bit struck by her tone during the interview in one sense, because she really seemed to feel that she'd stumbled onto a major find, but I doubt her results would be any surprise to most folks here. The job market is one of the areas where generational white privilege most notably rears its head.

    Perhaps the most useful lesson from her work is one that speaks to why it can be so hard for many white people to accept the seemingly obvious nature of white privilege:

    When I asked my interviewees what most contributed to their level of career success, they usually discussed how hard they had worked and how uncertain were the outcomes — not the help they had received throughout their lives to gain most of their jobs. In fact, only 14 percent mentioned that they had received help of any kind from others.
    Although it doesn't spell it out in the linked editorial, she mentioned on NPR that most of the folks she'd interviewed had in fact received help from their social network when finding a job despite the relative few who acknowledged it as a factor.

    It feels to me like Ditomaso wears her insecurity about offending conservative whites on her sleeve at points (bleh), but I still think it's worth the read.

    "Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel." -Sepp Herberger

    by surfbird007 on Fri May 10, 2013 at 01:24:02 PM PDT

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