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Part 1 The Myth of Merit The Mythical Meritocracy, or Is the Best Candidate Ever Simply the Best?

From: You Must Be a Basketball Player


This chapter debunks the myth of the meritocracy, the idea that employers should simply seek out the most qualified applicant for the position. This practice still results in people of colour being less likely to be hired than equally qualified white candidates.



Anthony Stewart

Anthony Stewart is a professor in the English Department at Bucknell University. His main research interest is twentieth-century African American literature and culture.