Sunday, January 24, 2016

Nickel and Dimed: Journal Questions 3. Privilege

In the bestseller, Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich, a writer/author, goes undercover working at extremely low wage jobs. While undercover, Barbara starts to notice that it is important to look "professional" while apply and working. To be "professional", it "helps to be white" (13). I was not exactly sure how accurate it was to say that companies wanted white people to be seen and others to not be. I thought that perhaps this was just a thought backed up with no evidence. However, Ehrenreich mentions that while touring hotels, she saw "African Americans, Spanish-speaking" people working solely on housekeeping jobs. Meanwhile, "servers are almost invariably white" (29). It was then clear to me that there was a huge difference of job options at the low wage for people of color and white people.  White people are offered the jobs where they are seen while other peoples are offered jobs where they aren't be presented. Why this is is a bit mysterious to me. Is it something that has to do with prejudice? Or is it something completely different?