The EEOC's War on Honest African-Americans

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has recently decided that employers are too hard on job applicants who have criminal records. While the new policies (EEOC testimony) are targeted at all potential employees, the motivation was the EEOC's concern that since African-Americans and Hispanics have a higher rate of criminal convictions than whites, considering former crooks as a hiring risk would unfairly impact minorities. This would seem to violate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s desire to judge men by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.  Spending time in jail is usually a good sign of a certain type of character after all. It's clear, of course, that people do change and that many former criminals, of all races, are now responsible members of society.  But by weighing in as it has, the EEOC is going to make it harder for employers to cost-effectively make informed hiring decisions.  The fear of a government-funded lawsuit will...(Read Full Article)

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