what about racism itself?
In the midst of the Trent Lott furor, CalPundit, Brad DeLong and Ampersand (in reverse alphabetical order) cite a sobering NYT story (reg. req.; DeLong quotes the full text of the article) about a research project that indicates that racism isn't restricted to a few bone-headed Senators.
The researchers assigned first names randomly to similar resumes submitted for 1,300 positions listed in help-wanted ads. Half the resumes received first names from a list of some particularly common among blacks and from another that is common among whites. The results: "Applicants with white-sounding names were 50 percent more likely to be called for interviews than were those with black-sounding names [with similar qualifications, dont' forget]. Interviews were requested for 10.1 percent of applicants with white-sounding names and only 6.7 percent of those with black-sounding names."
Meanwhile, also via Ampersand, blogger Kieran Healy points out a study indicating not only that whites more likely to get call-backs, but also that a job applicant is better off being a white felon than a black with no criminal record.