CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- African-Americans are faced with economic inequalities not seen since the Civil Rights movement. From the 1970s on, black-white wage disparities have become increasingly pronounced.
Many sociologists attribute this wage disparity to changes in the skill requirements demanded by the United States labor markets. The implication is African-Americans are simply not getting the right education and experience to stay competitive in the work force.
However, racial biases confront African-Americans when dealing with corporate America's hiring practices. David Thomas, professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at Harvard Business School, researched the career progression of minorities at U.S. corporations and determined that white professionals are promoted faster in their careers than African-Americans.
William Sites and Virginia Parks at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration revealed among African-American workers political and institutional factors have more to do with wage disparities than job-related skills.
In the U.S., research studies have shown that resumes with white-sounding names have higher callback rates than resumes with black-sounding names, and white felons have a better chance of getting low-wage entry-level positions than black non-felons.
"Whether it's statistical discrimination, perception, or just plain ignorance, it doesn't reflect well on American culture," noted Samuel Bergson, Director of Marketing at Cause Static Productions, the label managing Long Day Sin (http://ldsin.com). "African-Americans shouldn't be overlooked for qualified jobs and should receive equal compensation."
However, a report by the American Political Science Association (APSA) concluded that African-Americans are at a disadvantage with respect to employment and earning power. The study reported black unemployment rates were more than double and poverty rates more than triple their white counterparts.
The APSA also looked at the economic conditions of young black professionals and showed they earned 20 percent less and had a net worth of 80 percent less than young white professionals.
"All these research studies suggest that racial economic inequality in America is far from over," observed Bergson. "And what better song than 'Money (That's What I Want)' to remind us of this issue."
About Long Day Sin
Long Day Sin (http://ldsin.com) is a creative milieu where like-minded musicians share their cultural and musical experiences. The group blends Mediterranean-inspired beats with guitars and Arduino technology, creating a raw sound fueled by incendiary politics. Some members of the group are musically trained, others self-taught. Long Day Sin musicians like to think of themselves as musiculptors.
About Cause Static Productions
Cause Static Productions is committed to promoting artists whose music invites and demands involvement. Music serves as a positive tool to promote peace and social change.
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Cause Static Productions
PO Box 400939
Cambridge, MA 02140
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