United Kingdom to Remove Names From Job & College Applications To Address Racial Bias
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British Prime Minister David Cameron announced this week that, as of 2017, names will be hidden on job and college applications to remove racial subjectivity.

Cameron took to The Guardian and wrote:

“We have managed to get some of the biggest graduate employers to pledge to anonymise their job applications – in other words, make them name-blind. That means those assessing applications will not be able to see the person’s name, so the ethnic or religious background it might imply cannot influence their prospect,” he went on to say. 

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He continued, “The civil service, BBC, NHS, local government, HSBC, Deloitte, KPMG, Virgin Money, learn direct – all these and more will now recruit people solely on merit… Some research has shown that top universities make offers to 55% of white applicants, but only to 23% of black ones… So we have agreed with UCAS that it will make its applications name-blind, too, from 2017… Today’s announcement… means that a young black woman knows she’ll get a fair shot when she applies for the job of her dreams.”

Absolutely incredible, Prime Minister Cameron! Will America take note? We shall only hope.