race-headingBritish Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Monday that names will be hidden on job and college applications to remove racial bias.

Writing in the Guardian, the conservative Prime Minister said the move was a plan to prevent unconscious bias.

“Those assessing applications will not be able to see the person’s name, so the ethnic or religious background it might imply cannot influence their prospect,” Cameron wrote.

“I said in my conference speech that I want us to end discrimination and finish the fight for real equality in our country today,” Cameron continued. “Today we are delivering on that commitment and extending opportunity to all. If you’ve got the grades, the skills and the determination this government will ensure that you can succeed.”

Cameron also seems to have the backing from the country’s top companies.

Chief Executive David Sproul from Deloitte says the move is pivotal and much-needed and would help “ensure that job offers are made on the basis of potential, not ethnicity, gender or past personal circumstance”.

Maybe this is something the U.S. should consider, especially since we have people like Raven-Symoné, who would discriminate against someone because of their name?

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    This is a good start. They also need to hide the addresses too because that’s another way that employers guess who is a minority since people naturally tend to self segregate so it’s easy to eliminate people by location. I’ve witnessed this happen to a friend.