Pinpointing Racial Discrimination by Government Officials


A recent study showed that, “emails with black-sounding names were 13 percent more likely to go unanswered than those with white-sounding names,” from government officials. This research is,  “a striking indication of racial discrimination in seemingly benign and mundane interactions. The tendency to ignore emails sent by African-Americans was particularly pronounced in sheriffs’ offices, but it was also evident in school districts and libraries.” 

A lot of these moments of racism might be due to subconscious thought and that making people aware of their racism might decrease prevalence. This study also shows that racism, “occurs not only in the labor market and the criminal justice system, but also in countless small frictions every day.