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Old 06-08-2012, 11:15 PM
 
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So you believe that they sort of let fixed number of AA designees through the gate and once they get in, they are in a rarified environment, free of discrimination and hostilities...

News Flash! Discrimination takes place all day everyday, sometimes even more on the inside.
That's not what I was implying at all. My post was focused on gaining employment, not discrimination in the workplace.
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Old 06-09-2012, 01:25 AM
 
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Helped me...ironically...I have an ethnic last name, but I am not Hispanic. I do speak Spanish, but not "native" speaker...I went on a job interview once, and the guy called out my name, I stood up, and I could see he did not expect a tall blonde. It was a short interview. But, I think I have been interviewed for jobs, solely for having a Hispanic last name...
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Old 06-09-2012, 11:43 AM
 
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Helped me...ironically...I have an ethnic last name, but I am not Hispanic. I do speak Spanish, but not "native" speaker...I went on a job interview once, and the guy called out my name, I stood up, and I could see he did not expect a tall blonde. It was a short interview. But, I think I have been interviewed for jobs, solely for having a Hispanic last name...
I have a black friend who has a Jewish last name. She doesn't know why--it's been her family name in the backwoods of North Carolina for generations. She says she enjoys the look on people's faces when she shows up for an interview and they call her name and this dark-skinned woman with a southern accent comes forward. And her first name is a common Italian name, which makes it even better.
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Old 06-09-2012, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Santa Fe, The City Different
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african american names (not necessarily ethnic) have always garnered less callback.
As an african-american woman, I have found it easier to find a job in New Mexico (heavily hispanic) then it was in my native state of Missouri and Texas. The school district I grew up in in Missouri didn't even give me an interview, and a lot were like that around Kansas City. It only took me two months to find my current job and I couldn't be happier!!
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Old 06-09-2012, 12:15 PM
 
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My last name is "ethnic" (ends in a vowel, sometimes confused for Spanish though it's Italian), but my first name is about as Biblical as it gets short of Jesus. I doubt it's impacted me at all. I suspect that some obviously "AA" names do have a negative impact, though.

And if you're named "Jermagesty", smack your parents and change it.
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:57 PM
 
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I've had mixed results with my name. It's a bit different - thanks mom (sarcasim) - many think I might be AA and my maiden name and first name are no doubt Spanish, but I've always been called by the middle (considered AA name). I've had a few definetely disappointed interviews where you could tell they were thinking I would be AA. And, although I know some Spanish due to my hertiage mixture I look white. So, no help in the name dept. for me, only a hinderance :-) Disappoint the AA and will likely get turned down by the strickly caucasian.
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