For Discussion: Congressional Black Caucus Criticizes The Obama Administration’s Failure To Fix African American Unemployment

- By Bossip Staff

African-American unemployment is real, and the Congressional Black Caucus is not feelin the way Barry-O is handling the situation:

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Thursday publicly accused the Obama administration of failing to adequately address a veritable epidemic of African American unemployment.

“Can you imagine a situation where any other group of workers, if 34 percent of white women were out there looking for work and couldn’t find it?” asked Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat and chairman of the caucus. “You would see congressional hearings and community gatherings. There would be rallies and protest marches. There is no way that this would be allowed to stand.”

In May, the black unemployment rate was at 16.2 percent compared to 9.1 percent overall joblessness and 8 percent levels among white workers. In Milwaukee, Wis., a staggering 34 percent of black men are unemployed, CBS news reported.

The Obama administration has focused on broad-based initiatives aimed at lowering unemployment in general, while declining to address elevated rates among minority groups. The administration unleashed an $800 billion package of spending measures aimed at stimulating economic growth, while extending unemployment benefits and increasing funding for community health centers. These programs are also sure to help black and Latino Americans hard hit by the recession, Obama said at a White House press conference in April.

Debate about the ability of a universal job creation strategy to address persistent and disproportionate African American unemployment occupied a significant portion of Thursday’s gathering. So too did concerns about the political feasibility of any sort of effort to target black joblessness, the public’s appetite for programs that may look and sound like affirmative action and common assumptions about why so many black people do not have jobs. Black Americans make up about 12 percent of the nation’s population, but about 20 percent of the unemployed.

“This is an American crisis that demands an American response at the highest echelons of our government,” said Michael Eric Dyson, a writer, Georgetown University professor and frequent social and political commentator on television and radio programs aimed at a black audiences. “And that does include the White House.”



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  • M

    What do They want him to do? Unemployment is a problem for everybody. He can’t focus on one race. And they said if it was higher for other races rallies and marches would be held!! You can march and protest all day but that still wont create jobs. This country is in a mess. There are a lot of things that need to be fixed…for everybody. Not just one group. I didn’t see them asking Bush to address black unemployment. So don’t expect Obama to focus on one group because he is apart of it. I’m pretty sure if he could lower the unemployment rate and quickly create more jobs he would so give it time because these problems took years to create and they will take years to fix.

  • http://google SMH

    I agree 150% with both above comments! Preach Children!! Lols

  • ollgee

    nice comment from all ya!!!……but u all need to see reason in the above

  • gaping azzhole

    Has anybody else noticed how often blacks complain about errrrrythang.

  • http://n/a 5 Star Chick

    Are they grouping African American Unemployment with Niccas who just don’t want to work? One nation with One Unemployment issue. Obama was voted in to serve the Nation and not just Niccas!

  • gina

    Whoa….who is that brotha Primo1. He definitely not stuck in the Cornel West and “his side piece” 1971 the plight of the black man in America, Obama hating spin cycle. Obama has been accused of catering to catering to that group and has extended additional funds to their causes. They really need to stfu because their states did some shady stuff with their stimulus money they dont want anyone to know about….each of them were involved it!

  • Frank

    This critism of the president is unjust. His $789 billion stimulus package contained several tax cuts and tax credits. $8000.00 housing tax credit for first time buyers,tax deduction for new cars less than $49,500, $800 making work pay tax credit and $400 for married and single filers
    respectively. So not all of that was cash money .

    A lot of us could not utilize those cuts and credits and with regard to jobs,the scrutiny before hire is now fierce and we silently know other problems we do have. The president is doing his best and I feel sorry to him.

  • Frank

    I meant. “I feel sorry for him “

  • Concerned

    Wow. 12% of the country, 20% of unemployment. This is a real problem. Just because he is black does not make him exempt. Whites have never had that problem, illegal’s are taking all of the blue collar jobs. Whatever happened to citizens finding work. This country has been for sale & for the rich. And contrary to popular belief, blacks were on bush about jobs as well as Clinton, Reagan, and old bush. Funny how when blacks stand for fairness we are complaining, bump that. Jews stood up and now look where they are as a race. Everytime blacks start to pull together a tragedy pulls us apart like high unemployment rates & being targeted by law enforcement.

  • CeCe

    @ concerned….. Amen!!!!!

  • gina

    Stop trying to compare Jewish families to Black families….Jewish fathers dont desert their families or have a bunch of baby mamas!

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