Doesn’t “Ban the Box” Sound Like Slut Shaming?

4When you mention “Ban the Box” to anyone, you almost immediately have to launch into a defensive stance. Most logical people would certainly interpret the tragically-named civil rights initiative as some kind of counter-feminist movement at best, or an Islamic Male-Pride March at worst.

Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on actual data, “Ban the Box” is a snappy title for a sociopolitical campaign to erase the required field inquiring about an individuals’ criminal record from job applications.

“Ban the Box” gained steam in 2015 after 52 U.S. municipalities and 18 states were reported to have such legislation on the books for government job applications, and (in some cases) private government contractors. Even social justice heavyweight TARGET got on board as early as 2013.

Now, a November 2015 video from Now This has been re-circulating on social media, bringing this conversation back to the forefront.

Now This implies that Obama is going to pass “Ban the Box” by executive order, thereby “ending stigmas” associated with ex-convicts trying to re-assimilate into society. Now This says:

It’s just another move in Obama’s year of getting shit done

Just two problems with this. Obama only expressed interest in this area and never announced he was actually doing itThe Office of Personnel Management has only proposed the idea of delaying a criminal background check until an initial job contract is pending–creating a scenario where, in theory, an applicant will know that he (or she, but more likely he) did not get the job because of prejudice over his criminal history. But even that isn’t clear yet. In virtually every scenario, Obama isn’tgetting shit done.”

and

“Shit” doesn’t fucking work.

This June, an experimental study was published regarding the racial gap in job applicants with various backgrounds in New Jersey and New York before and after the “Ban the Box” laws went into effect. As it turns out, the advent of the “Ban the Box” laws increased the racial gap in call-back rates by 38%.

In July, another study was published by the National Bureau of Economic Research that in places where “Ban the Box” laws have been implemented, the likelihood of young, non-college educated black and Hispanic males snagging a job have drastically declined. In another example of Democrats fucking over minorities on a road paved with “good intentions”, law-makers ignored the fact that employers who are not allowed to check for criminal history will be more inclined to use race as a factor (even though that it also illegal) in their employee hunt.

And considering that about 7% of the population are statistically responsible for over half of violent crime in the United States, what safer bet do you think employers are going to take?

Ban the Box initiatives have been proven to be ineffective, despite the best intentions to rehabilitate criminals who have paid their debt to society. They create incentive to judge resumes based on race. And they always include stipulations for certain types of criminals…because rapists and murderers deserve more of a second-chance than someone who exposed himself at a playground, I guess.

Certainly, there are laws in play here that require sex-offenders to disclose these facts to the public and employers. This creates an environment where a Day Care can avoid hiring someone who molested a child, but a restaurant can hire that person for kitchen staff, and just keep him away from kids. Why, then, is the Day Care allowed to make that distinction about who they want to hire (or at least legally know who they’re hiring) but no one else should be allowed to?

It is just as illegal to not hire someone based on having a criminal record as it is to not hire someone based on their race. So why are government officials choosing to swap one out for another? Could it have anything to do with increasing the number of individuals who progressives can label as racists?

There certainly is that plausibility. But, as of now, this potential executive order only stands to effect Federal Employees, so fuck ’em. But when you begin to tell private businesses that they aren’t allowed to conduct background checks, you’re going to open up a behemoth can of worms.

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