Yes, Pennsylvania Is Just as Racist as You Think It Is

So the other day, the Inquirer’s Inga Saffron noticed this:

Follow the link and scroll to the bottom of the page. That’s where you’ll find a map of America’s most racist states—a solid block of Southern states, as expected, but with one outlier: Way up there at the top of the map, Pennsylvania is colored in as well. The ranking was made by University of California profs using the National Annenberg Election Survey , which asked people to rank the intelligence, trustworthiness and work effort of different groups of people. Pennsylvanians tended not to rank those attributes too highly in, ahem, other groups of people.

The Inky’s Karen Heller follows up on this news today:

Pennsylvania consistently ranks poorly in surveys when whites are asked their views on the intelligence, trustworthiness, and work ethic of blacks, said University of California, Davis professor Christopher Elmendorf, who relied on National Annenberg Election Survey data.

Top-10 bad, Elmendorf said. “Pennsylvania is closer to Alabama than it is to being Utah.”

Which means James Carville was right after all about our state having Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on either side with the Heart of Dixie in between.

As you might guess, these attitudes are pretty deeply embedded in the constant Philadelphia-versus-Everyone Else warfare that tends to be the norm in Harrisburg. And, ahem, it’s not Philadelphia that’s being racist.

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  • Maria Otero

    I believe that to be truth. Ten years in this state and is been hell 90% I’m still having a hard time getting used to it. Especially with such nasty neighbors around me. And finding a job! Oh my world! that’s even out of the question. If it wasn’t for my husband pension, I don’t know what would’ve happened. Even churches are prejudice. It’s so, so sad. I’m still looking for a job, and most of my class mates already have one ( the white girls) it’s very sad.I will keep a positive attitude because I’m not the one who is miserable. I think people like that should live in another planet

    • Maria

      Why you don’t report it to the department of labor? show them all the place you have applied and tell them you don’t know the reason you haven’t got hired they will have to look into it.
      Or you could just tell one of your white friends to aply on a place where they are hiring and do a fake resume with almost the same qualifications and you do the same bring a recorder with you and show that as evidence if in any case she is called for an interview and you are not,write down all the places you have applied we have to start fighting back in a smart way get counselling on that talk with a lawyer

      • Maria Otero

        thanks!

      • Fed Up

        Maria, I wish it was that easy…I’ll try myself to do as you suggested, and see how it pans out. Thank you much, Fed Up.

        • Maria

          Fed up there was a black lady that did that experiment she started getting more call backs when she used a fake white name.she should have go to the interview and tell them how come she received a call with her other fake name and tell them she is going to report it to the department of labor if it would be me I would have done that I live in puerto rico so I can’t I used to live in colorado I apply many places and I got hired on some and some others I didn’t but I remember one time going to starbucks and asking them do you guys hire minority I was just being sarcastic the white guy said yes of course Im pretty sure that irk them and got scare and started hiring more minorites,is better than not doing anything.How about racial profiling for me what I would do is have a camera with me and film if a police officer stop me without a reason then get his badge number and report it.im pretty sure he is not going to do it again.We shouldn’t just sit back and let them do that we have to fight back intelligently.

          • Fed Up

            Amen, Maria I agree!!! It amazes me how some are still living under the Jim Crow mentality. I have believed for sometime now that God was calling me into a place of helping His people find the justice and equality when it comes into the work place and spill out into their communities, and everyday lives. God has always used adversity to show Hisself mighty, I will not give up.Thank you again, Maria :-)

  • Fed Up

    I have lived in Pittsburgh PA all of my life, and I can absolutely say the least that it is a very, very racist city. However, just like any other state or person that doesn’t want to be found out, it’ MASKED!!!!! Pittsburgh, and the surrounding areas in the job market, you’ll find maybe a hand full of blacks in a management position. They’re never given great or even good positions, when they have equal degrees or experience. In hospitality you will see blacks doing housekeeping, or janitorial, banqutes, (not as a manager) one that sets up, or breaks down, or in the kitchen, (not as chefs or sous chefs) just a cook without merrits to be promoted. Working in hospitals, you’ll find blacks being escorts, or housekeeping, cna’s, or food or cafeteria workers. Customer service here in Pittsburgh is another place where you’ll find blacks answering people’s problems, but not efficient enough to become manager. Titles (mortgage companies) not as managers, but the overworked, under paid employees. Not to mention, dare not let us air our grievances . Because without just cause we’re fired; back in the unemployment line. Due to the at- will law that gives racist employers protection to willfully treat blacks and minorities unfair by firing them without reason. I read on here that one blogger asked, why don’t you go to the department of labor? Good question, even better answer. We do, it’s just nothing’s ever done. I have been to the EEOC a couple of times and they bound in favor of the company…when yrs later, one of the companies my national news for its racism against blacks and minorities. It simply does not work here in PA. I don’t know how the hiring is done with these agencies and organizations. That are so called to protect people’s rights, because they’re not!!!! But I can speak for myself I will continue to fight not only for my rights as a black, but just for fairness and equality with all race!!! Now that’s real!!!

    • Maria

      oh sorry didn’t read your post well another thing you can do is called the news yes called the news.Im pretty sure they will take into account your complains we have to help each other we are minorities. I do thank God came back to puerto rico but it hurts me that my brothers and sisters are going through that is sick and while doing all of this pray for God’s justice he will make sure those evil doers get their punishment