In a recent Jacobin article (reworked at Slate), Miya Tokumitsu argues that we should stop saying “do what you love,” (DWYL) because it “devalues actual work” and dehumanizes workers. Tokumitsu writes, By keeping us focused on ourselves and our individual happiness, DWYL distracts us from the working conditions of others while validating our own choices and relieving Read More
Today marks ten months since I was laid off from my last job.
Crossposted from ColorLines. A job deferred is a dream deferred. The Great Recession has set youth unemployment rates skyrocketing to unprecedented altitudes, leaving 4.4 million young people without work just as we begin our careers—a stunning share of them African Americans. There are of course immediate consequences—wrestling with college loans, overstaying our welcome at our Read More
Late last year, I blogged about the NYC Paid Sick Time Act for TAPPED. At the time, the city council bill was being framed as a public health issue, post-H1N1 and seasonal influenza scares. Currently in committee after being revised, the bill is modeled on a San Francisco ordinance that provides paid sick time to Read More
Both Ta-Nehisi and Adam thoughtfully respond* to my post from last week about black men standing in for black people in the Dec. 1 Michael Luo New York Times story about race and unemployment. On Wednesday, Dec. 2, I had a brief Twitter conversation with Luo, who explained — as I suspected — that the Read More
Much is being made of Michael Luo’s piece in yesterday’s New York Times which explains how simply being black often hurts job seekers: Johnny R. Williams, 30, would appear to be an unlikely person to have to fret about the impact of race on his job search, with companies like JPMorgan Chase and an M.B.A. Read More