I GOT THE HOOK UP: AN INSIDE LOOK ON NEPOTISM

NEPOTISM —noun

  1. patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics: She was accused of nepotism when she made her nephew an officer of the firm.

On a recent episode of ABC’s hit series, “BLACK-ISH”, Andre Johnson contemplates on using his connections to get his daughter Zoey Johnson an internship she needs to get into college. Andre built a career in advertising off his own merit and feels his child should work as hard as he did for her own opportunities. When Andre bring this dilemma to work he finds that his white boss and co-workers have no problem giving their child an opportunity he/she may not have worked especially hard for. This strikes a question whether should nepotism be supported or thwarted ?


In my personal opinion nepotism is a key factor to getting ahead and should definitely be supported when applicable. People maintain power by not letting the power leave their families. If an oppressor or competitor is willing to do to keep why shouldn’t we do it to obtain our own power? Andre also came to this same conclusion and ultimately allowed Zoey to use his connections to get an internship. What he comes to find out that she is able to make a name of her own and she did not linger in the shadow of his hard work like he feared. Just like any other person in the world all Zoey needed was a foot in the door and that’s what nepotism ultimately is.