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Black Unemployment: Not Just a Disgrace, a Sin
Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2014 | John Ransom

Posted on 01/14/2014 6:18:28 AM PST by Kaslin

Even liberals get it.

Obama’s not just a dud, but a failure.

It’s not so much that he hasn’t lived to up to the hype as Messiah, as he hasn’t lived up to ordinary expectations for a fallible, human president.

When I rack up the score on all of the things Obama’s been wrong about, it’s hard to credit that my Democrat friends ever touted him as a “genius”.

If this is genius, it’s clearly not of the political type. Or the foreign policy type. Or the economic type.

Six years into the Great Recession and the labor market hasn’t improved much, as even liberals are now conceding.

The government has created more money than ever before, and while it’s making some people wealthy, it’s not creating jobs, especially not in the Black community, and especially not amongst black males.

Supposedly the “genius” did this on purpose. Or he didn’t.

“Blacks disproportionately left the labor market,” said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a liberal economic outfit, “with the labor force participation rate for African Americans dropping by 0.3 percentage points to 60.2 percent, it’s lowest rate since December of 1977. The rate for African American men fell 0.7 percent to 65.6 percent, the lowest on record.”

Whoever else Obama may have benefited, it’s clear that black males haven’t been high on the priority list for him.

African Americans currently have an unemployment rate of 11.9 on the topline official stats. That’s double the rate of unemployment for women over the age of 20, and close to double the male unemployment rate for males aged 20 and over, which came in at 6.3 percent.

And even those numbers are much worse than it seems.

“The share of the working-age population with a job did not increase in December,” said Heidi Shierholz of the union controlled Economic Policy Institute “and the labor force participation rate dropped back down to its lowest point in 35 years. The number of‘missing workers’ increased from 5.6 million to 6 million. If these workers were in the labor force looking for work, the unemployment rate would be 10.2 percent instead of 6.7 percent.”

If you impute the same math to the Black community, unemployment for African-Americans comes in at 18.1 percent. That’s nearly one-in-five blacks without jobs today.

But the news gets worse even than that.

“In 2010, the incarceration rate for white men under local, state and federal jurisdiction was 678 inmates per 100,000 white U.S. residents,” says Pew Research, “for black men, it was 4,347. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, black men were more than six times as likely as white men to be incarcerated in 2010.”

We don’t have numbers for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

But it’s not hard to figure that nothing plus nothing equals nothing.

Gays, check.

Whacko environmentalists, check.

Gun control nuts, check.

Radical, social theorists, check.

These are all interest groups that Obama has spent considerable political capital on.

God forbid that Obama should strain himself to propose something constructive to address the destruction going on in neighborhoods he has lived in and that’s directed mostly at black males.

There isn’t a more disenfranchised group in America than black males and Obama’s done very little to reverse that.

While marriage is down about a third amongst whites since 1960, it’s been cut in half in the black community, to 31 percent of black adults.

Guess what is the single biggest marker for poverty in the United States?

Being a single mother. And that trend has inordinately affected the black community.

While liberals like Obama do everything they can to provide aid and assistance to gay couples to get married, heterosexual black families get the back of the hand.

The result is poverty.

We know that there's a strong correlation between the composition of households and poverty. Households that lack two parents are many times more likely to live in poverty than those with two parents.

I’ve been optimistic that someone, somewhere in America will do something to address the crisis amongst black males in our community.

What we need is a touch of creativity here.

Republicans, Democrats, Bueller, Bueller, helllooooo?

It’s more than disgrace.

It is in fact a sin.

But don’t bother Obama about it.

He doesn’t want to know.


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1 posted on 01/14/2014 6:18:28 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Unemployment = “free at last”?


2 posted on 01/14/2014 6:19:31 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

ping


3 posted on 01/14/2014 6:22:13 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Kaslin

Stuppid American blacks continue supporting the magic negro though he’s done squat for them.


4 posted on 01/14/2014 6:22:37 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Kaslin

Obama loves Blacks so much he don’t want to burden them with pesky things like paychecks, waking up early and paying taxes.


5 posted on 01/14/2014 6:24:55 AM PST by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Kaslin
There isn’t a more disenfranchised group in America than black males and Obama’s done very little to reverse that.

I beg to differ. The dictionary defines disenfranchised as ; without the right to vote. Blacks have the right to vote, and they TWICE voted for The Boob.
So, forgive me if I'm being simplistic, but if blacks are "disenfranchised", then they disenfranchised themselves.

6 posted on 01/14/2014 6:27:46 AM PST by YankeeReb
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To: Joe Boucher

“Stuppid American blacks continue supporting the magic negro though he’s done squat for them.”

From the article
Why I Bought A House In Detroit For $50
http://www.buzzfeed.com/drewphilp/why-i-bought-a-house-in-detroit-for-500

“Will told me that the best way to buy a house here is to find one you like and then figure out who owns it. He had lived in Detroit a decade before, but moved out to travel the country. This was his homecoming. He purchased the house for $3,000 from the son of a woman who had died. It had been abandoned for years, but there was an upstairs room full of her possessions — steamer trunks, furniture, family pictures. Some of her photographs still hung on the walls, including a portrait of the first black mayor of Detroit, Coleman Young, and a painting of a white Jesus Christ. She had them arranged so the Christ appeared to be praying to Young.”

This gives you insight into the mind of black people.

Here’s more insight plus Whitey McCracker-Honkey.
http://obamamessiah.blogspot.com/

Collectivists, blacks, and Muzzies are just peas in pod as far as I can tell - they’re all down wit da struggle!


7 posted on 01/14/2014 6:32:21 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Yorlik803

Waking up early? Solution: Use e-verify to eliminate the illegals from the custodial jobs in the inner cities. The jobs start in the late afternoon. They can sleep all day.


8 posted on 01/14/2014 6:34:19 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Kaslin
Obama already knew America was a racist failed experiment. Black unemployment and moral-cultural rot was here all the time.

He is not responsible for it's creation.

He should be celebrated for putting the spotlight on it.

The Black Misery Index is just another reason America must undergo profound change.

Obama is never responsible for negative outcomes.

9 posted on 01/14/2014 6:34:43 AM PST by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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To: YankeeReb

Well there is the matter of convicted felons. Are they allowed to vote?

Isn’t there a very high percentage of black males that are convicted felons?


10 posted on 01/14/2014 6:34:52 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Kaslin

“There isn’t a more disenfranchised group in America than black males”

Um how about white males? What about Christian women?


11 posted on 01/14/2014 6:39:28 AM PST by MNDude
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To: Kaslin

But at least Moochelle gets to spend more time in Hawaii!

how long is she going to stay there?


12 posted on 01/14/2014 6:40:18 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Mr. K

Is she still there?


13 posted on 01/14/2014 6:43:34 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Sorry, but I no longer care.
Blacks have supported liberal policies by 95+%, for the last 60 years, they asked for liberalism they got it.
Now they damn well need to learn to live with it.


14 posted on 01/14/2014 6:44:37 AM PST by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: Kaslin
“In 2010, the incarceration rate for white men under local, state and federal jurisdiction was 678 inmates per 100,000 white U.S. residents,” says Pew Research, “for black men, it was 4,347. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, black men were more than six times as likely as white men to be incarcerated in 2010.”

It's not like the police are running around in paddy wagons rounding up black males at random. There are more blacks in prison because there are many, many, many more black criminals in this country. Period.

15 posted on 01/14/2014 6:45:12 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: MNDude

Someone posted an observation the other day about “privilege”.

If “white privilege” is so ubiquitous and systemic,
why is it that half white, half black people invariably identify as black?

The answer is that there is a systemic “privilege” in identifying as “black”.


16 posted on 01/14/2014 6:46:12 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin
I don't know if Moochelle is still in Hawaii- the media would be having hourly reports, 24/7, if Laura Bush left George to stay in Hawaii, with live reporting from the scene and cameras trying to capture any glimpse of her
17 posted on 01/14/2014 6:46:31 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Kaslin

Obozo is probably the most clueless president this Republic has ever seen...even worse than Carter. This class warfare, static, idea that the only way to make your slice of the economic pie bigger is to make their slice smaller is simply stupid. How ‘bout growing the pie? Even if your relative share remains the same, you still enjoy a higher income. Why does the concept of “A rising tide lifts all boats” escape him? The Sir John Locksley idea of taxing the rich and give to the poor ignores the fact that it is the rich who drive this economic system. How many of you were hired by a poor person? From raising taxes on the rich to blocking the Keystone pipeline, this is the most obstructionist, ego-maniacal, and economically ignorant president...ever. The only reasonable conclusion is that he is out to destroy this Republic as we know it.


18 posted on 01/14/2014 6:46:57 AM PST by econjack (I'm not bossy...I just know what you should be doing.)
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To: bert
Well there is the matter of convicted felons. Are they allowed to vote?

Isn’t there a very high percentage of black males that are convicted felons?

That's something the progressives are working to change. It's also one reason why blacks unemployment is higher than everyone else. Any criminal record will keep you out of a lot of different high paying jobs.

19 posted on 01/14/2014 6:47:09 AM PST by YankeeReb
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To: econjack

“Growing the pie” doesn’t accomplish what they’re REALLY after - punishing people they don’t like.


20 posted on 01/14/2014 6:48:12 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t really give a damn about the demographics in who’s more unemployed.

Bottom line is America is getting screwed the the azzhole in the White House.

We have a congress that’s incapable of doing anything about it.

We have a majority of voting populace who votes on what’s in it for them, vote party line or most recently skin color.

The remaining populace that won’t rise up and take back America. What we need is a significant and prolonged massive protest in DC until something is done.


21 posted on 01/14/2014 6:49:03 AM PST by maddog55
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To: Kaslin


22 posted on 01/14/2014 6:51:09 AM PST by Iron Munro (Orwell: There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.)
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To: pgkdan

There was a discussion on TV years ago between Orin Hatch and Jesse Jackson on gun control. Orin was against it, Jesse for it. After a half an hour of Jesse’s diatribe with the usual platitudes, Orin said: “Mr. Jackson, if we cancel the murders committed by blacks in this country, the US would have a violent murder rate that is less than Switzerland.” The camera turned to Jesse...

Crickets...


23 posted on 01/14/2014 6:51:28 AM PST by econjack (I'm not bossy...I just know what you should be doing.)
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To: MrB

Wow! That’s a very good point!


24 posted on 01/14/2014 6:53:21 AM PST by MNDude
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To: All

When people begin to realize that Obama hasn’t “screwed up”...that what has and is happening, wasn’t a mistake...The way the country is going is right in line with his (and his handlers) plans... All this unemployment, poverty, racial turmoil was all planned carefully and brought to fruition by this regime... This WAS NOT an accident!!!!!

Once the real American people realize this and have had enough, we’ll have to stand and deliver...It won’t be pretty or fun...but it will be neccessary....


25 posted on 01/14/2014 6:53:28 AM PST by JW1949
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To: MrB

“why is it that half white, half black people invariably identify as black?”

You nailed it.

.


26 posted on 01/14/2014 6:57:54 AM PST by Mears
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To: Mears; MNDude

Can’t take credit for it, someone else posed the observation.

And of course, there is actual codified privilege in our law that can be pointed at.

Of course, the whole underlying idea of “white privilege”, from the left, is that as white people, we don’t know it’s there, but it is working to our advantage all of our lives.

It’s rather like reality NOT favoring leftist ideas, though.
It’s more a cultural “privilege” that a work ethic and an adherence to the 10 commandments yields a positive outcome,
whereas working in opposition to those ideals will generally yield a negative outcome.


27 posted on 01/14/2014 7:05:24 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

would be interesting to see how if 50 years ago if they identified themselves as being white.


28 posted on 01/14/2014 7:10:08 AM PST by MNDude
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To: Yorlik803

:: Obama loves Blacks so much he don’t want to burden them with pesky things like paychecks, waking up early and paying taxes. ::

Or, putting down the crack-pipe...
Or, not being able to go to the 7-11 to get some juice, skittles and robitussin to make “purple drank”.


29 posted on 01/14/2014 7:10:50 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym defines the science.)
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To: Kaslin

Yeah. but remember last week 0 bummer said people would rather collect a paycheck, rather than draw unemployment benefits.

The SRM ran that line for two straight days when the dims wanted unemployment benefits extended for another three months.


30 posted on 01/14/2014 8:03:12 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: pgkdan

Er........Ahem. “Paddy wagon”? As one of Irish descent I take issue withis terminogy. Try “Black Mariah” instead please


31 posted on 01/14/2014 8:14:19 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Kaslin

They dont want work. They want more handouts


32 posted on 01/14/2014 8:42:44 AM PST by Carry me back
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To: Kaslin

Not just their blacks, but many Dems have a mystical belief in their prez candidates. Every single Dem candidate for prez is described as a genius who will lead the benighted to the Promised Land. It never happens, but that doesn’t stop the Dem faithful from continuing their belief in The Magic President.


33 posted on 01/14/2014 8:55:14 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Kaslin

They are not working because they are getting EBT, SNAP, TANF, and a host of other types of “free” money that is forcibly taken from the working people (Read mostly Caucasian males). They do not need to work and that is the biggest reason the number of people on some type of Government handout has increased to the point it has.


34 posted on 01/14/2014 9:16:57 AM PST by OldMissileer
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To: econjack

He was voted in; no one made the population vote for Obama and no one appointed him, he was still voted in. Blame the electorate, Obama is only doing what he said he would do, what he was voted in to do.


35 posted on 01/14/2014 9:27:21 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: driftless2

Thing is, they want a magic president who will do all the work for them while they get to play all the time. The US lately wants someone like the nerd in high school who did all the real work while the others got to play. Yet, the GOP is failing because no conservative that we really need wants to do all the work and the dumbwit Democrats want to be ‘hip’ and PC and frankly as a result, we have morons nominated by them and in many cases (Clinton, Obama, etc.) elected.


36 posted on 01/14/2014 9:32:35 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: Carry me back

They want an eternal party really, with someone paying the party bills and someone cleaning up after them.


37 posted on 01/14/2014 9:33:31 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: MNDude

To these blacks, the only people that matter are blacks.


38 posted on 01/14/2014 9:34:17 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: CorporateStepsister

Remember what Joe Stalin had to say about democracy and voting:
‘It doesn’t matter who votes, it matters who counts the votes.’


39 posted on 01/14/2014 10:11:54 AM PST by JW1949
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To: JW1949

Yes, very much so.


40 posted on 01/14/2014 10:13:38 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: CorporateStepsister

There ‘s a lot to your argument. A very high percentage of Dems feel the system has wronged them. Not only black Americans, but certainly a very high pct. of blacks feel that way. Obama was supposed to right all those wrongs. How he was supposed to do that other than outright theft (which I’m sure they’d support), I don’t know. Obviously, Obama would like to do so, but can’t figure out a semi-legal way to rob most producers and “redistribute” to the faithful. But not for lack of trying.


41 posted on 01/14/2014 10:29:39 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Awgie
The Black Misery Index is just another reason America must undergo profound change.
Obama is never responsible for negative outcomes.

You gets it, my brother! Man be keepin' us down!

42 posted on 01/14/2014 11:39:34 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (This GOP is dead. What do we do now?)
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To: CorporateStepsister
Obama is only doing what he said he would do, what he was voted in to do.

Really? So this is the "...most open administration since the founding of the Republic"? Committee hearings "...will all be open to the public". If he's doing what he's been voted in to do, why did he threaten us today with the use of Executive Orders to get his agenda through Congress, in total disregard to the electorate. Those who sit in both Houses were also elected, you know. If you think he is doing what he said he would do, I think you need to go back and review what he promised to do.

As to the electorate, unfortunately most have the IQ of broccoli and have no more a clue about economic policy than does Obozo. Not only would I like to see a "paid tax test" for voting, I wouldn't mind a current events test, too.

43 posted on 01/14/2014 12:48:23 PM PST by econjack (I'm not bossy...I just know what you should be doing.)
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To: driftless2

You know, it’s wrong that the US is stuck catering to these people and we have to put up with the asinine lunacy that somehow some phantom ‘system’ is always to blame. It’s not just irritating, but it’s a drag and tiring. It’s like being married to a never ending critical spouse and nonstop pushing. It’s not like we can just split unfortunately, we’re stuck with the endless critic.


44 posted on 01/14/2014 12:51:08 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: econjack

It was all in his autobiography. We could see with our own eyes his intention to do what he’s doing right now.


45 posted on 01/14/2014 12:52:14 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: Kaslin
African Americans vote in a bloc and they vote Democrat. The Democrats keep them in a state of victim-hood, anger and despair. They buy off black leaders and institute policies that insure dependency. All this allows people like Obama to take blacks for granted, which he does.
46 posted on 01/14/2014 7:22:55 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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