Fascinating new research by my University of Chicago colleague, Jeffrey Grogger, compares the wages of people who “sound black” when they talk to those who do not.
His main finding: blacks who “sound black” earn salaries that are 10 percent lower than blacks who do not “sound black,” even after controlling for measures of intelligence, experience in the work force, and other factors that influence how much people earn. (For what it is worth, whites who “sound black” earn 6 percent lower than other whites.)
Freakonomics » How Much Does It Cost You in Wages if You “Sound Black?” (via daniellemertina)
So… if you sound Black when you talk… have a Black name… or remind White people at all that you are Black, you will pay for it in multiple ways.
So basically, this is why I had to learn early on to “code switch” and change up my tone of speaking to a higher pitched, valley voice when I had to because I figured some shit like this was taking place. I already knew I was getting judged for sounding “black”, so I had to learn to adapt to different voices to get what I need done, sadly. But people won’t believe you when you show them the receipts . (via nouschic)
pour it out
rub it into their skin,
and try to wear us
like they know what we about.
it’s only ever gonna be a suntan.
ain’t neva gonna be black.