GREENVILLE, S.C. | BY JOSHUA COOK | JULY 9, 2013 |
The economic condition within the black community is a dire one. Recent seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate data for June shows that black unemployment for young people, 43.6 percent, has more than doubled compared to white youth, 20.4 percent.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, South Carolina is projected to rank within the top seven states for the highest black unemployment rate in the nation: 15.4 percent for blacks compared to 7.0 percent whites in Q4 2013.
It appears that the left-leaning Cornel West is right. Under the Obama administration, blacks are being pushed aside, and the mainstream media continues to ignore the plight of blacks in America.
According to Cornel West, “We’re living in an age where we black folk are just being pushed to the back of the bus in terms of our visibility in terms of our suffering in terms of the intensity of our exclusion, especially our poor black youth, especially with the new Jim Crow and so on. And we have to be honest about that. Again this has something to do of course with what history books will say. The irony of the age of Obama in which black folks found themselves pushed to the back our gay brothers and lesbian sisters more and more pushed to the center.”
Bernard Anderson, a black economist said, “I believe now is the time for the President to find his voice, summon his courage, and use some of his political capital to eliminate racial inequality in American economic life. We cannot let the President off the hook in the second term. Black people gave him a pass in the first term… He is not going to run for anything. He doesn’t deserve a pass anymore.”
The right-leaning and world-renowned black neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson said, “If President Obama wants to be a hero in the African-American community, he should do something to alleviate the ‘abominable’ black unemployment rate in America.”
He continued, “I think the best thing that he (President Obama) can possibly do that will help minorities is to enact policies that allow for growth of the economy. Because when you look at the employment rate for instance in the African American community, it’s abominable. And the policies that have been enacted have only made it worse. They have not made it better. So if he really wanted to be a hero in that community, let’s start doing some things that make sense economically and get the money flowing,” said Carson.
The recent labor report reveals the bad omen of what Obamacare will do to the economy for both blacks and whites if fully implemented.
As Obamacare looms employers have made the logical move of migrating their full-time jobs to part time. According to the labor report, “the number of persons employed part time for economic reasons increased by 322,000 to 8.2 million in June.”
A high percentage of black workers are working part time now because their hours had been cut or because they were unable to find a full-time job.
The harmful economic impact of Obamacare is striking! Because of the outcry of Americans and small businesses, the White House has delayed the employer mandate by one year after the midterm elections.
This begs the question of what Obama has really done to help the black community. In 2008, Barack Obama talked about breaking the “racial stalemate” that divides Americans, but Obama has left that conversation. Today, it is apparent that we are more divided than ever by a government that promotes policies that produce ever increasing disparities in income and wealth.
Economically, the policies of both President George W. Bush and President Obama have failed black Americans. It’s time now to have real conversations within our communities. Both black and white leaders must have honest conversations and work together to find solutions that work.
Americans are tired of being duped by politician’s empty promises—rhetoric with no record. Americans are all pragmatists. We don’t want lofty words of “hope and change.” We want strategic goals and lasting results, and we want to be the generation to get the job done.