— Kimberlé Crenshaw, “Intersectionality: The Double Bind of Race and Gender” (via ethiopienne)
As a sociologist, I think it is best to turn to the evidence: Do Asians face discrimination? The labor market is one of the best places to take this question because this is where many people believe Asians have reached parity with white Americans.
Asian Americans have among the highest earnings in the United States. In 2013, Asians’ median weekly earnings were $973, as compared to $799 for whites, $634 for blacks, and $572 for Latinos. It seems as if Asians do not experience discrimination. However, these aggregate numbers hide many disparities.
First of all, Asian men earned, on average, 40 percent more than Asian women. The gender gap between Asian men and women is the highest of any racial group. Secondly, these numbers hide the diversity within the Asian community: the 2000 U.S. Census reports Hmong women had an average weekly earnings of just $389 per week – putting them far below average. Whereas Chinese and Indian men earn more on average than white men, the opposite is true for Laotian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Hmong men. In sum, some Asians earn more than whites, yet this is the case for only some nationalities – those that have, on average, higher levels of education.
Chinese and Indian Americans have higher educational attainment than their white male counterparts. This helps explain some of the earnings disparities.
Studies that take into account educational achievements find that Asian men earn less than their white male counterparts. Sociologists ChangHwan Kim and Arthur Sakamoto found that if you compare white men to Asian men with similar characteristics, the white men often earn more. In other words, if an Asian American man and a white man both live in New York, both went to selective universities, and both studied engineering, we could expect that the Asian American man would earn, on average, 8 percent less than the white man.
The fact that Asian Americans do not earn as much as white men with the same qualifications points to the fact that Asian Americans face labor market discrimination. In other words, there is a real monetary cost to being Asian American. Over the course of one’s career, this disparity can amount to significant amounts of money.
Labor market discrimination against Asians is not unique to the United States. A study conducted in Australia also uncovered labor market discrimination against Asians. Alison Booth and her colleagues conducted an audit study where they sent 4,000 fictitious job applications out for entry-level jobs, where they varied only the last name of the applicant – thereby signaling ethnicity.
The results were that the average callback rate for Anglo-Saxons was 35 percent. Applications with an Italian-sounding name received responses 32 percent of the time – with only a small statistically significant difference. The differences were starker for the other groups: indigenous applicants obtained an interview 26 percent of the time, Chinese applicants 21 percent of the time, and Middle Easterners 22 percent of the time. According to these findings, Anglo-Saxons would have to submit three job applications to have a decent shot at getting a callback whereas Chinese applicants can expect to submit five."
"Hashtag Sparks Discussion About Asian American Discrimination", Racism Review, 12/17/13
Besides the debunking of the “Asians don’t face discrimination in hiring, they show that Americans don’t see race and hire only by qualification” myth, note the massive wage gap between Asian men and women.
dear every white dude who has told me that “Asians have more power than white people” -
It’s just really hard to look at gendered income inequality without looking at the fact that white women make more than black men, like idk, that whole “women make .77 cents to a man’s dollar” is tired and basic and I don’t wanna hear it anymore tbh.
- 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, correcting the AP Reporter who said she was “just going to call her Annie.” (via shereader)
YES BABY!!!!!!!!!!! MAKE THEM SAY YOUR NAME!
LET’S JUST FUCKING REMEMBER THIS
Black people are more likely to be queer
Black queers are more likely to get married
Black queers are more likely to adopt children
Yet the face of gay marriage and adoption are white people
What part of this is confusing? Ill be happy to break it down further for you
still waiting for mariavontraphouse to break it down further to us
Or would you prefer APA or mla format
Also don’t forget that a lot of Black and brown queer folks took in family members and were having kids for years before it became a thing.
When I came out, many of the women I knew either had kids (from previous marriages) or had regular contact with nieces, nephews and other kids in general.
If it came down to either kids going into the system or staying with Uncle Ray Ray and his lover, folks opted for Uncle Ray Ray because even if he was light in the loafers he was still family.
Just off the top of my head, from the 2011 American Community Survey (ACS) (a project of the US Census Bureau): Approximately 23% of White female same-gender couples and 8% of White male same-gender couples are raising children. Among POC same-gender couples, 41% of female couples and 20% of male couples are raising children. (Source: LGBT Parenting in the United States—but don’t get your hopes up; there’s only a sliver of data on trans* parents and absolutely nothing in the data to distinguish LG people from bi/pan/non-monosexual people.)
Any time you see stats about the number of kids in “same-sex households,” recognize that the averages are being dragged WAY up by POC.