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I want to thank those readers who took the time to tell me that they appreciated my last two RoundTable articles – “A Mighty Long Way To Go” (April 12) and “Can’t Get Away” (April 26). Both articles focused on the continuation of racism in America – specifically, racist acts against blacks by non-blacks. Because I did not know all the particulars, I have not (yet) written about the North Chicago incident in which a black man was beaten by North Chicago police and eventually died.

But … along with the appreciation I received, I was told that I should “be fair” and write about an incident involving a “white” person who was “denied a job by a black supervisor.” The story is as follows.

A white, temporary worker (temp), while working under a black supervisor, created a new position under that supervisor. This new position was made into a permanent position under this supervisor and opened up for job applications. The temp applied for the position but did not get the job. Allegedly, the temp was told that the person hired for the position was “a better fit.” The “better fit” happened to be a black person, and the temp had to train the “better fit.”

Months later, when this position was vacant and again open for job applications, another white temp filling this position decided to apply for the position as a permanent employee. The temp was told that the application period was closed. A non-white person was put in this position as a permanent employee for a short while. A black person was permanently hired to fill this position shortly thereafter.

I have no comment (yet).

Peggy Tarr

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...