The Algorithm Dons a Hood

“YOU really wouldn’t fit in here.” “YOU wouldn’t like the client.” So ended my first two job interviews on the old Madison Avenue. Having grown up in a fairly siloed white liberal environment and being a bit of a wanna be revolutionary, I immediately assumed they meant because I had long hair, a big mustache, sideburns and a suit that was obviously new. Then came the truth… “YOU would like the Jewish family name”… “YOU would fit in well with this department…” And the proverbial shoe dropped. I understood. It was my first encounter with bias—genteel anti-Semitism—but not my...

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