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The racist component of location based salaries 

I put this in a reply a moment ago, but it got me thinking about it and I wanted to try and write it out for everyone to think about. This comes with the disclaimer that I'm a white guy with no knowledge of economics who would also benefit from this practice changing, so I'm no expert. However… companies that pay less for the same labor because you don't live in San Francisco are perpetuating racist hiring practices. cont…

Companies like to say that they're taking steps to make sure that black workers aren't payed less than their white colleagues, but then these same companies often refuse to release data about salaries. Their hiring pages often tell the story though: they explicitly say they'll pay you less if you live in the South East and in many majority-black cities. When pushed on this companies often try to use the excuse "we're just obeying market forces." …

Ignoring for a moment that we could easily change how we think about that and give the same labor the same value anywhere (shout out to toot.cat/@zkat/106311086662275), we have to take history into account. Tech companies may not have been responsible for the Tulsa massacre, but if they're paying people in Tulsa less for the same work they're still perpetuating the inability to build wealth that was created by racists wiping out a major economic center. …

That may be a bad example because Tulsa is majority white these days, but the point still stands. If you're complaining about how you can't find any people of color to hire and it's not your fault your San Francisco based tech company is all 20-something white dudes, maybe stop paying people in Atlanta less than their fair share and continuing the deliberate wage suppression of majority black areas. …

Final thought: before tech bros start shouting that they aren't doing it to deliberately pay PoC less: intentions don't matter. Saying "we're just paying market rate in those areas" is saying "we're just taking advantage of the effects racism" and if you're sitting in a position of privilege and using the racism of others to make money and more fully cement your privilege you might as well have done the deed yourself. Okay, rant over, thanks for listening.

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