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“The Practice of White Hegemony in the Retail Market World.” By: Erica Lee Course: SOCY 313 Introduction After applying for a job position at the popular retail store, Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F), a week later, I was in shock to learn that I was invited to the group interview; this meant my
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chances of working for A&F was more real. The group interview comprised of ten high school students who all wanted to be part of and represent this luxury yet causal look that only A&F offered. However, on that day, something caught my attention as I walked into the interview room. Out of the ten kids who were called back for an interview, three, including me were non- white; I could not feel more out of place than ever. Despite feeling alienated, I answered the interview questions best to my abilities, but I knew that I would be only looked as their regular consumer. A week later, I proved myself wrong. Abercrombie & Fitch became my first legitimate part-time job, a job that gave me a taste of the struggles faced by minorities in the real world. However, working for an establishment that favored Whites was very challenging for me physically, emotionally, and mentally. For instance, for most of my time there, I was placed in the stockroom sorting out the inventory, which, I felt very excluded and bored. Meanwhile, the new White girls were placed on the floor or at the front counter greeting customers. Despite the short time period I was there as a team member (of only three months), A&F exposed to me the racial discrimination that inevitably persists in corporate world America. Main Body In the United States, Americans practice racial discrimination at work and it is ubiquitous in the real world. Whether it’d be at a food joint or a clothing store, millions of people who reside in the United States face inequality at every moment in their lives. With this being said, which specific groups are victims of racial discrimination? The authors of “Perceiving Discrimination on the Job: Legal Consciousness, Workplace Context, and the Construction of Race Discrimination” (2010) reported, from “Analyzing data from the Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality, we find that ascriptive status is associated with perceptions of discrimination, with African Americans, Hispanics, and women are more likely to perceive racial discrimination,
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net of job and organizational controls” (p.260). The authors (2010) also noted that these groups face “negative experiences at work to race discrimination regardless of the quality of their jobs or location in the hierarchical structure” (p.291). Therefore, regardless of the type and degree of the job, minorities reported unpleasant experiences at the workplace.
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