Skip to comments.Sowell: The Left and the Masses
Posted on 10/17/2016 3:28:56 PM PDT by jazusamo
The greatest moral claim of the political left is that they are for the masses in general and the poor in particular. That is also their greatest fraud. It even fools many leftists themselves.
One of the most recent efforts of the left is the spread of laws and policies that forbid employers from asking job applicants whether they have been arrested or imprisoned. This is said to be to help ex-cons get a job after they have served their time, and ex-cons are often either poor or black, or both.
First of all, many of the left's policies to help blacks are disproportionately aimed at helping those blacks who have done the wrong thing and whose victims are disproportionately those blacks who have been trying to do the right thing. In the case of this ban on asking job applicants whether they have criminal backgrounds, the only criterion seems to be whether it sounds good or makes the left feel good about themselves.
Hard evidence as to what actual consequences to expect beforehand, or hard evidence as to its actual consequences afterwards, seems to have had very little role in this political crusade.
An empirical study some years ago examined the hiring practices of companies that did a background check on all the employees they hired. It found that such companies hired more blacks than companies which did not follow that unusual practice.
Why? This goes back to decision-making by human beings in general, with many kinds of decisions in general. Since we seldom have all the facts, we are often forced to rely on generalizing when making our decisions.
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Interesting stats about hiring practices using background checks. I hadn’t seen that, but it’s not a surprise. “Knowledge and Decisions” predicts this sort of outcome!
Being unable to exclude felons creates an incentive to exclude ALL blacks from consideration, or at least all blacks who seem "inner city".
BKMRK for later reading
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