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Blacks hit hard by economy's punch
Washington Post ^ | November 24, 2009 | V. Dion Haynes

Posted on 11/24/2009 4:54:05 AM PST by NRG1973

These days, 24-year-old Delonta Spriggs spends much of his time cooped up in his mother's one-bedroom apartment in Southwest Washington, the TV blaring soap operas hour after hour, trying to stay out of the streets and out of trouble, held captive by the economy. As a young black man, Spriggs belongs to a group that has been hit much harder than any other by unemployment.

Joblessness for 16-to-24-year-old black men has reached Great Depression proportions -- 34.5 percent in October, more than three times the rate for the general U.S. population. And last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that unemployment in the District, home to many young black men, rose to 11.9 percent from 11.4 percent, even as it stayed relatively stable in Virginia and Maryland.

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The jobless rate for young black men and women is 30.5 percent. For young blacks -- who experts say are more likely to grow up in impoverished racially isolated neighborhoods, attend subpar public schools and experience discrimination -- race statistically appears to be a bigger factor in their unemployment than age, income or even education. Lower-income white teens were more likely to find work than upper-income black teens, according to the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, and even blacks who graduate from college suffer from joblessness at twice the rate of their white peers.

Young black women have an unemployment rate of 26.5 percent, while the rate for all 16-to-24-year-old women is 15.4 percent

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: callthewaaambulance; crymeariver; economy
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Hope & Change????????
1 posted on 11/24/2009 4:54:07 AM PST by NRG1973
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To: NRG1973
Complaining about unemployment is anti-Obama and just plain "racist"!

/s

2 posted on 11/24/2009 4:57:52 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: NRG1973

I’ve got a funny feeling the bruthas and the Youth Army are simply not going to be turning out next time round.

Star Parker (”Uncle Sam’s Plantation”) mentioned they’ve been suffering buyer’s remorse. They won’t break ranks by daring to say so aloud. They just won’t be showing up at the polls.


3 posted on 11/24/2009 4:57:58 AM PST by sinanju
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To: NRG1973

Delonta needs to get his a$$ off the sofa, turn off the TV and go learn a marketable skill. That doesn’t change whether the economy is good or bad.


4 posted on 11/24/2009 4:58:14 AM PST by henkster (0bamanomics: The "Final Solution" to America's "Prosperity Question.")
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To: NRG1973

That’s funny! I am unemployed and am white.


5 posted on 11/24/2009 4:59:39 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (Obama, Hitler, Stalin: Who are 3 people nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Is there any way that they won't consider themselves victims?
6 posted on 11/24/2009 5:01:12 AM PST by Loud Mime (The time to water the tree of liberty approaches...)
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To: NRG1973
Barack Obama, quote
Peggy Joseph

"It was the most memorable time of my life, I...it was a touching moment because I never thought this day would ever happen. I won't have to work out how to put gas in my car, I won't have work out how to pay my mortgage. If I help him, he's gonna help me."

Well Peggy, there is no Obama Claus.

7 posted on 11/24/2009 5:02:56 AM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: NRG1973

That’s what happens when your vote is based upon skin color rather than policies and theories.


8 posted on 11/24/2009 5:04:23 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Socialism is hip until somebody loses a paycheck)
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To: NRG1973

If Obama needs to recruit a Civilian National Defense force, he’ll find many volunteers.


9 posted on 11/24/2009 5:04:48 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Play the Race Card -- lose the game.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
well, obviously, you can't be both.....which is it?

(snort)

the way I read this article is while you may BE white and unemployed...it's YOUR fault. However, if one is black and unemployed...it's someone else's fault.

10 posted on 11/24/2009 5:05:19 AM PST by ZinGirl
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To: All

This may or may not come as a surprise to some, but a great proportion of those black males DO NOT want to work. They are products of generations of malaise and malcontentedness and simply will not work a traditional job.


11 posted on 11/24/2009 5:06:08 AM PST by Molon Labbie
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To: NRG1973
... spends much of his time cooped up in his mother's one-bedroom apartment in Southwest Washington, the TV blaring soap operas hour after hour, trying to stay out of the streets and out of trouble, held captive by the economy.

You wouldn't expect him to be out looking for a job or signing up for job training.

12 posted on 11/24/2009 5:06:49 AM PST by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: NRG1973

But they dont care, they got ‘their’ man in the WH. They got the stimulus.


13 posted on 11/24/2009 5:07:05 AM PST by sickoflibs ( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the government spending you demand stupid")
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To: sinanju
They just won’t be showing up at the polls.

..don't be too sure, as soon as the race baiters get the word to spread the BS, THEY'LL TURN OUT

14 posted on 11/24/2009 5:09:37 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Molon Labbie

They just need to go out and find a woman with “good paper” - ie, a woman who’s getting a big check from Uncle Sam every month to support her fatherless brood.


15 posted on 11/24/2009 5:11:21 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: NRG1973
These days, 24-year-old Delonta Spriggs spends much of his time cooped up in his mother's one-bedroom apartment in Southwest Washington... About a year ago, he lost his job moving office furniture... seeking a career so he could avoid repeating the mistake of selling drugs to support his 3-year-old daughter..."I think we're labeled for not wanting to do nothing -- knuckleheads or hardheads," said Spriggs, whose first name is pronounced Dee-lon-tay.

Well, "Dee-lon-tay"... uneducated, incapable, criminal, and irresponsible is no way to go through life. Looks like Reverend Wright's chickenssssss are indeed coming home to roooooost...

16 posted on 11/24/2009 5:11:30 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Stop dissing drunken sailors! At least they spend their OWN money.)
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To: NRG1973

I wonder if it compounds it by seeing the Obama’s living it up like a King and Queen? I mean certainly they are the POTUS and FLOTUS and won’t live like paupers, but they go overboard. Not to mention even FDR was conscience of living it up in the Depression. The Obama’s just could care less.


17 posted on 11/24/2009 5:11:34 AM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: NRG1973

Black’s, women and chilrun, his core voters (chilrun over 18) and dead people.


18 posted on 11/24/2009 5:11:37 AM PST by boomop1
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To: mbynack
held captive by the economy

That just gets you... right... 'ere...
boohoohooo sob sob

19 posted on 11/24/2009 5:12:20 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: sinanju

I agree with your analysis. There’s little chance of any major shift in black voting patterns, but if they revert to their former levels of turnout at the polls, Obama is going to suffer significant damage. We’ll see the first real evidence of suppressed turnout in the 2010 mid-term elections (there may already have been an element of that in the NJ and Virginia governors races this year).


20 posted on 11/24/2009 5:14:14 AM PST by littleharbour
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To: NRG1973

It makes no mention of whether 24 year old Delonta ever had a job to begin with.


21 posted on 11/24/2009 5:14:35 AM PST by caver (Obama's first goals: allow more killing of innocents and allow the killers of innocents to go free.)
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To: henkster

Perhaps you should read the article. Apparently Delonta has done that and the job training isn’t yielding any jobs either.


22 posted on 11/24/2009 5:15:00 AM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: Red in Blue PA
I am unemployed and am white.

They are more unemployed than you are.

23 posted on 11/24/2009 5:18:08 AM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
If Obama needs to recruit a Civilian National Defense force, he’ll find many volunteers.

As long as they don't actually have to get off their asses donkeys and actually do something.
.

24 posted on 11/24/2009 5:18:19 AM PST by Iron Munro (The difference between Obama and his dog, Bo? That's easy - Bo has papers.)
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To: caver

re: ever had a job to begin with

I wondered the same thing. Has he lost his job, or is he unemployed, or both?


25 posted on 11/24/2009 5:20:07 AM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: autumnraine
re: read the article

Killjoy. </sarc>

26 posted on 11/24/2009 5:21:41 AM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: NRG1973
The jobless rate for young black men and women is 30.5 percent.

Problem is if you hire a black person, how do you fire them or lay them off without a lawsuit brought against you.

Same with hiring a black coach. How many have been fired that haven't screamed racism or had the media scream it for them?

27 posted on 11/24/2009 5:22:20 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

According to the article, there are three black Americans to “balance” you out......

Good luck on your job search......In this economic environment, you’ll need it......


28 posted on 11/24/2009 5:24:16 AM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: ClearCase_guy
If Obama needs to recruit a Civilian National Defense force, he’ll find many volunteers.

Not when they realize there is actually WORK involved. Why work for money when you can sit on mom's couch and paid to do nothing.

29 posted on 11/24/2009 5:26:22 AM PST by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: NRG1973
"I think we're labeled for not wanting to do nothing -- knuckleheads or hardheads," said Spriggs, whose first name is pronounced Dee-lon-tay. "But all of us ain't bad."

Maybe he should apply for a position as an English teacher.

30 posted on 11/24/2009 5:28:13 AM PST by Jaxter (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum.)
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To: SC Swamp Fox
I am unemployed and am white.
They are more unemployed than you are.

Yes. If you're white, you don't count, you don't matter, even though you are in the majority and pay all the taxes. Face it. It is not "fashionable" these days to be white and Washington in general, and 0bama, in particular, could care less about your problems. PC has run amok.

31 posted on 11/24/2009 5:28:26 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Pork Eating CRUSADER - FUBO! Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: sinanju
They just won’t be showing up at the polls

That is where the Obama machine comes into play. They have cell phone numbers (remember the VP announcement promised to go to cell phones first) and they have 'early voting'. Those cell numbers will be hounded to absentee vote early. Several ladies in my office did this last time around. Wouldn't surprise me if we could vote at WalMart next time around.

32 posted on 11/24/2009 5:35:15 AM PST by LearnsFromMistakes (Yes, I am happy to see you. But that IS a gun in my pocket.)
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To: NRG1973

Wait til they turn in their “income tax” return and find their “earned income credit” is offset by their lack of “proof of health insurance”.


33 posted on 11/24/2009 5:36:01 AM PST by crescen7 (game on)
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To: NRG1973

You get what you vote for. 95% of these people WANTED this, let them have it. Enjoy the cake.


34 posted on 11/24/2009 5:36:13 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (The Patriot's Flag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com) - ClimateGate's Blue Dress)
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To: NRG1973

You get what you vote for. 95% of these people WANTED this, let them have it. Enjoy the cake.


35 posted on 11/24/2009 5:36:18 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (The Patriot's Flag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com) - ClimateGate's Blue Dress)
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To: crescen7

“Whadaya mean I’m going to have to BUY health insurance - they told me it’d be free!”


36 posted on 11/24/2009 5:37:23 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: LearnsFromMistakes

Then they’re going to have to toss in a hefty amount of “walking-around money” for every vote they get.

I smell big-time disillusionment.


37 posted on 11/24/2009 5:38:22 AM PST by sinanju
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To: Red in Blue PA
That’s funny! I am unemployed and am white.

McD's is hiring here, only the "want to be" unemployed are, in the south.

38 posted on 11/24/2009 5:41:56 AM PST by MrPiper
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To: NRG1973

Obligatory Joke:

God holds a press conference and announces that due to mankind’s evil, he is going to destroy the world next Thursday. The next day the newspaper headlines read: Wall Street Journal: World Ends Thursday, Markets expected to Dive!; Washington Post: World to End Thursday, Women and Blacks Hardest Hit.


39 posted on 11/24/2009 5:48:17 AM PST by 47samurai (The last real conservative)
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To: jwparkerjr

Heee, I know it’s a past time here to comment on the blurbs. Heck, I do it freely myself! LOL


40 posted on 11/24/2009 5:51:10 AM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: NRG1973

they might have also checked the rate of unemployment against the huge mandated increase in the minimum wage. Unemployment among all groups affected by minimum wage rules, but especially black males and more generally all of the lower income, lower education 18-24 year old group, went up dramatically as a result of the increase. But, of course, any of us opposing such an increase were just evil right wing conservatives.


41 posted on 11/24/2009 5:59:41 AM PST by comitatus
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To: henkster
Delonta needs to get his a$$ off the sofa, turn off the TV and go learn a marketable skill.

Why bother? The apartment is subsidized, the tv was free, the food is free, his babies are free...

42 posted on 11/24/2009 6:03:23 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: NRG1973

If Obama was white, there would be riots in the cities by now.


43 posted on 11/24/2009 6:10:44 AM PST by randita (Chains you can bereave in.)
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To: NRG1973

I dunno, Delonta, I’m a white woman looking for work in Washington DC, and every employer I talk to says that they have a very aggressive Affirmative Action and diversity program, so the workforce seems to be disproportionately black. If you’re having trouble finding a job, console yourself that it’s a lot easier for you than it is for me and other people who are melanin-challenged.


44 posted on 11/24/2009 6:11:56 AM PST by ottbmare (I could agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.)
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To: NRG1973

Delonta should be employed by a governemnt agency. That’s what he voted for, isn’t it?


45 posted on 11/24/2009 6:21:03 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: caver
It makes no mention of whether 24 year old Delonta ever had a job to begin with.

It says that he was a salesman (to help support his 3-year old daughter).

46 posted on 11/24/2009 6:22:11 AM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: NRG1973

This cannot be! All know Great Leader’s lineage includes the blood of Africa. This report is obviously rasicst republican propoganda.


47 posted on 11/24/2009 6:23:28 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

It didn’t say it in the excerpt. I’m tired of going elsewhere and click to read some article. If they don’t want it posted then I won’t be giving them any clicks.


48 posted on 11/24/2009 6:23:53 AM PST by caver (Obama's first goals: allow more killing of innocents and allow the killers of innocents to go free.)
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To: henkster

Exactly. Instead of just watching TV, he can go to a construction site or machine shop and volunteer to be an apprentice if they will teach him a trade.


49 posted on 11/24/2009 6:24:55 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The Second Amendment. Don't MAKE me use it.)
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To: Molon Labbie

Exactly. They were raised on welfare and food stamps in public housing where NOBODY worked and many sold drugs for easy money. Many could not pick their father out of a police lineup. Fully half of all cons in prison are black and half of all violent crimes are committed by blacks.


50 posted on 11/24/2009 6:27:33 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The Second Amendment. Don't MAKE me use it.)
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