After Civil Rights: Racial Realism in the New American Workplace

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Skrentny describes how widely accepted the narratives about the abilities of native-born v.

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Latino and Asian immigrants have become among employers. These widely-accepted tropes drive employment decisions in the low-wage sector today. Skrentny provides various examples: meatpacking in the southeastern United States, construction work, and poultry processing in the South. In other words, those locked out might not want to fight so hard for jobs that are so devalued.

They are the most vulnerable workers, unwilling to rock the boat. Skrentny acknowledges as problematic that the current Title VII antidiscrimination framework does not easily capture discrimination in the examples he surfaces. His prescription is a legal framework that allows for racial realism in many instances, including those limited instances in which Anglo workers might be needed for specific reasons. In his example of the foreign company, Univision, which needs Anglo sales representatives to sell advertising to American companies, his racial realism framework would allow for such targeted use of race.

It could too easily be done in an unfettered way. It seems too simplistic to assert that Title VII itself has a colour-blind mandate. As limited as Title VII might be, moreover, it is at least useful for identifying race-based actions that might limit opportunities for advancement. A racial realist approach, especially in the low-wage sector, risks re-creating segmentation in the workplace.

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Skrentny acknowledges that we need more than just a racial realist approach and he offers several principles as guidelines, including more employment regulation in general. Ultimately, however, if Skrentny is correct that the principles underlying Title VII, including equality, are less salient today, then we must come up with a set of values —like fairness, or diversity or opportunity — that resonate today to accompany racial realism in the workplace.

Skrentny has done a wonderful job nonetheless at crystallizing the growing ineffectiveness of Title VII today, fifty years after its birth. His account of how the law works in practice and on the ground is a great read for those interested in legal studies, history, political science, sociology or civil rights.

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