I don’t doubt there are many instances of bias or unfairness — but that is the nature of most workplaces. There is a lot of nepotism and in-group preference. Most of my office is actually comprised of women, and there are double standards there as well-more opportunities, praise, recognition goes towards women. We could go back and forth all day with anecdotal evidence, but the fact is that businesses want to hire the best people and to discriminate in hiring or in paying employees is against their interest. My point is that when the conversation focuses on misleading statistics (women earn 78% of what a man does), it becomes a “CEO/board room” type discussion — white old men dominate board rooms, we have to establish 50% equality… The truth is, many women my age are getting great opportunities and women nationwide are graduating college at higher rates than men. For our generation, equal pay is very much a reality. The big problems that exist now are: 1) how can we encourage more women to CHOOSE to go into higher-paying fields (STEM — where scholarships and job opportunities available to women outpace men 2:1) and 2) why are so many young men failing in college or never bother to go?
I disagree on the role of slavery as it pertains to work. There is definitely the influence of housing discrimination on economic standing, but it has been more than a generation since those policies took effect. Unfortunately, many black men simply do not have the opportunity to finish school — most signs point to the lack of a nuclear family/available father figure as a big contributor, not discrimination in hiring or educational opportunities.
I’m pretty close to where you live! If you want, I can send an email via your site.