Key Insights From:
Discrimination and Disparities
- We should not be surprised that outcomes are not randomly or perfectly proportionate—disparities are the rule rather than the exception.
- Our internal sense of expected outcomes is off, which creates dissonance with reality.
- We are not discriminating enough in our definitions of “discrimination.”
- Some types of discrimination are ideal but not always possible; others are useful but not always accurate; still others are neither useful nor accurate.
- Employers were actually more likely to hire young black males when they were allowed to do background checks.
- The poor do pay more, but the causes can’t always be extrapolated from the statistics themselves.