Thursday, July 21, 2011

The benefits of an Anglo name

A SUDANESE man who has applied unsuccessfully for more than 1000 jobs has resorted to using a fake Anglo name on his resume in a desperate attempt to get work.
Former refugee Agnok Lueth, 23, who fled war-torn Sudan for Melbourne in 2004, created the resume alias "Daniel McClean" because he believed Australian employers were unwilling to give him a fair go under his real name.
Mr Lueth sent out hundreds of resumes for jobs he was qualified for, but only received callbacks on applications with the fake names.
Of the six applications with the fake name, he got five callbacks.
The Swinburne University biomedicine and commerce double degree student can speak three languages, has a favourable work history and volunteered for three years for an Australian aid organisation.
Despite meeting the job criteria for positions as a waiter, shop assistant, call centre worker and bank teller, Mr Lueth told mX he felt overlooked by employers.
"I did a test to see if it was an experience problem or something more," he said.
"I sent six resumes with my qualifications but used a different name, and I was surprised at how quickly I heard back from five of the companies for interview requests."
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Perhaps there is more to this story, but taken at face value it is troubling yet not surprising. Recent studies in Australia, the US and Canada showed that having an Anglo-sounding name is a massive advantage in the job hunt. You can read about that in my previous post here.
New migrants are usually going to have some obstacles in a job interview, simply due to challenges of communication and culture which may result in a slight disadvantage compared to locally-raised folks. But from the looks of things, even getting a job interview is challenge enough.

7 comments:

  1. So white people are clearly ethnocentric. Are you saying Asians/Africans are color blind?

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  2. Your entire blog seems to focus on race-related issues. Yet it appears to highlight only white racism/privilege at the expense of other races. You made your views crystal clear in another post when you basically wrote that, all races can be racist, but white people carry some kind of original sin in relation to racism.

    You're perfectly entitled, of course, to hold and express these views - no issue there, but I think that, among all these articles and topics on the blog, there appears to be somewhat of an undercurrent of personal resentment of whitey which is providing your motivation for the blog.

    In another post you write that white people "...never have to bother with being introspective about their prejudices"

    I think you need to consider the irony of making such a statement in the light of your own work in highlighting only white racism/ethnocentrism to the exclusion of everything else.

    Cheers

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  3. ^ I live in a country (Australia) that is approximately 90% white, and whose history is inseparable from white racism. So forgive me if I go with what I know.

    you basically wrote that, all races can be racist, but white people carry some kind of original sin in relation to racism

    Original sin? Not at all. I believe what I wrote was that all races can be racist, but simply due to the course of history, white racism has had the greatest effect on the world (rather than Papuan racism, Native American racism or whatever).

    In another post you write that white people "...never have to bother with being introspective about their prejudices"

    Can you tell me which post this is? I don't remember writing this and cannot comment without knowing the context.

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  4. I live in a country (Australia) that is approximately 90% white, and whose history is inseparable from white racism. So forgive me if I go with what I know.

    I think you are confusing white racism with British colonialism.

    Original sin? Not at all. I believe what I wrote was that all races can be racist, but simply due to the course of history, white racism has had the greatest effect on the world (rather than Papuan racism, Native American racism or whatever).

    It is more accurate to say that white colonialism has "...had the greatest effect on the world". Because once again you are conflating the discovery and conquest of the so-called "new world" with racism. The flip side of the coin to what you are saying is that no racism would exist in the world today if Christopher Columbus had simply stayed in Spain and Captain James Cook in England.

    The reality is human beings are constantly seeking to enrich themsleves at other's expense. It's not a peculiarly "white" phenomenon. It's been happening since we stepped out of the caves and gave a good shellacking to the clan in the other side of the hill. Throw in the steam engine and the machine gun and you can take over an entire continent. It's not "racism" driving this phenomenon it's simply the desire to enrich oneself and one's own family/clan/society/country materially. It is something that human beings have been doing since time immemorial.

    The only white-specific phenomenon is not racism per se, but guilt about racsim when it does happen. The Japanese, for example, refuse to apologise for the atrocities they commited against the Chinese. The Chinese refuse to apologise for conquering Tibet and so on and so forth. White people are the only people constantly brow-beating, hand-ringing and apologising for the actions of previous generations or for the common, garden-variety racism you experience on the street. Much of your blog is filled with such articles written by white people who are into self-flagellation.

    May I ask you something Eurasian Sensation? How easy is it today in 2011 for white westerner to immigrate to China or India or SE Asia or to own property or obtain citizenship in those countries? Why is that my white friend in Thailand who has been married to Thai for 10 years, has two kids with her and runs a business emplying Thais is still on a tourist visa? If that isn't racism what is?

    In another post you write that white people "...never have to bother with being introspective about their prejudices"

    Can you tell me which post this is? I don't remember writing this and cannot comment without knowing the context.

    http://stuffwhitepeopledo.blogspot.com/2010/01/blame-their-accusers-instead-of.html

    The only thing different between "white racism" (according to your definiton) and racism from other groups is that 200-400 odd years ago Europeans set out to colonize and conquer much of the rest of the world outside of Europe and were very successful at doing so. According to you, that makes their "racism" worse than anybody else's. As regards today's generation of white people living in Australia, the USA and other new-world countries you want to punish and damn them I believe for the "orginal sin" of this conquest that happened 400 years ago. This is not something you may even consciously be aware of.

    Cheers

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  5. ^

    Colonialism, or invasion, is not the same as racism, to be sure, and people have been taking over each other's territory since time immemorial. However, it is inescapable that the course of history in the colonial era was shaped by European attitudes towards non-whites. One reason slavery persisted in the New World on such a large scale is that Africans were not seen as fully human, and therefore not subject to the same rights as "proper" humans.

    I'm not going to write at any length about the racism of the Thais or Chinese, because I'm not from those countries and don't have the knowledge to say anything useful about it. I can write about racism in Western countries because it's what I personally experience and see around me. If you want to read about how racist the Japanese are, I'm sure you can find something out there about it.

    Btw the quote from the SWPD post needs to be viewed in its correct context. It's about some white people's use of a deflecting tactic which allows them to avoid being introspective about their own prejudices.
    What's that deflecting tactic? Immediately looking around for someone else who is worse at whatever they are being accused of. Something you should maybe reflect on, given your comments here.

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  6. "How easy is it today in 2011 for white westerner to immigrate to China or India or SE Asia or to own property or obtain citizenship in those countries?"

    Try Republic of Singapore or Hong Kong! Try Malaysia if you want to retire. It is far easier for a white to get a job in Singapore or Hong Kong than for an Asian to get a job in Australia or the USA. That is the reality!

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