CAREERS OF FEDERAL WORKERS TELL STORY OF RACISM

Frederick Gooding Jr. looks at how the integration of the workforce hid years of continued discrimination.

Ella Watson is the subject of "American Gothic" (1942). Frederick Gooding Jr. used the photo of the Farm Security Administration janitor on the cover of his book about inequities in the federal workforce. Courtesy of Library of Congress | Photo by Gordon Parks

 

“Racism takes the shape of its container, just like water,” Gooding said. In these situations, Gooding said, African Americans had “to pay to play” and tackle new discriminatory tactics like those experienced by Watson and Rowel.

“No matter the policy, no matter the new groundbreaking change or rule, we see how African Americans still end up suffering from this idea that they’re not being valued, and they’re not being paid their full worth,” Gooding said. “That’s a larger chronic issue.”

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