Professional Article

Chima, Felix O. Wharton, William D. African Americans and the Workplace: Overview of Persistent Discrimination. Lexington Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission. 2010.

The two authors of this article are members of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission. They spend their time researching different aspects of human rights violations with a focus on discriminatory employment practices. Wharton and Chima, in this article, address the issues of institutional racism and discrimination and its effects on employment practices across the nation. They focus on the effects that these issues have on African Americans as they contend that this is the group that is most affected by these discriminatory employment actions. They also address the issue of affirmative action and emphasize its importance in getting rid of these discriminatory employment practices. They counter the contention that the market itself will take care of employment discrimination practices with the argument that it hasn=t so far, and without affirmative action plans and help from the federal government we will do nothing but go backwards in terms of employment equality in this country.