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    Black unemployment: Highest in 27 years

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    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The August jobs report was dismal for plenty of reasons, but perhaps most striking was the picture it painted of racial inequality in the job market.
    Black unemployment surged to 16.7% in August, its highest level since 1984, while the unemployment rate for whites fell slightly to 8%, the Labor Department reported.
    "This month's numbers continue to bear out that longstanding pattern that minorities have a much more challenging time getting jobs," said Bill Rodgers, chief economist with the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.
    Black unemployment has been roughly double that of whites since the government started tracking the figures in 1972.
    Economists blame a variety of factors. The black workforce is younger than the white workforce, lower numbers of blacks get a college degree and many live in areas of the country that were harder hit by the recession -- all things that could lead to a higher unemployment rate.

    "Even when you compare black and white workers, same age range, same education, you still see pretty significant gaps in unemployment rates," said Algernon Austin, director of the Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy program at the Economic Policy Institute. "So I do think the fact of racial discrimination in the labor market continues to play a role."
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    Re: Black unemployment: Highest in 27 years

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    Hope and change, baby, hope and change.
    What's wrong with all those black people, clearly they don't have the guts to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and help themselves!

    Oh wait, no, it's all Obama's fault they can't help themselves!

    black people's fault? Obama's fault? Wait, i'm confused now...

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    Re: Black unemployment: Highest in 27 years

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    What's wrong with all those black people, clearly they don't have the guts to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and help themselves!

    Oh wait, no, it's all Obama's fault they can't help themselves!

    black people's fault? Obama's fault? Wait, i'm confused now...
    Its actually the fault of decades of bad policy that everyone thinks is to help minorities that was actually designed originally to hold them down. When you cram a recession on top the situation gets worse for them faster than anyone else. Its just the way it is.

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    Re: Black unemployment: Highest in 27 years

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    What's wrong with all those black people, clearly they don't have the guts to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and help themselves!

    Oh wait, no, it's all Obama's fault they can't help themselves!

    black people's fault? Obama's fault? Wait, i'm confused now...
    Being a liberal, I think you ought be ashamed to admit you're confused. Supposedly you people have been looking out for blacks since at least the 1960's. So what the hell are you doing?
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    Re: Black unemployment: Highest in 27 years

    There are many reasons for this including the Welfare system, lack of education, poor role models, and some bad parenting.

    The Welfare system was set up to replace blatant racism and to hold minorities back, the lack of education is excused, by telling those who fail that it's someone Else's fault, rather telling them all they have to do to succeed is work at it.

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    Re: Black unemployment: Highest in 27 years

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Being a liberal, I think you ought be ashamed to admit you're confused. Supposedly you people have been looking out for blacks since at least the 1960's. So what the hell are you doing?

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    Re: Black unemployment: Highest in 27 years

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Cute drawing, didn't answer the question though.
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    Re: Black unemployment: Highest in 27 years

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Cute drawing, didn't answer the question though.
    Reconfirming the drawing yet again doesnt help your case.

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    Re: Black unemployment: Highest in 27 years

    this speaks more to the point of not having proper skill sets than any perceived racial discrimination.

    in this economy, ya got to have the skillz' or you get to sit home and wonder why you're poor and unemployed/unemployable

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    Re: Black unemployment: Highest in 27 years

    Quote Originally Posted by Thrilla View Post
    this speaks more to the point of not having proper skill sets than any perceived racial discrimination.

    in this economy, ya got to have the skillz' or you get to sit home and wonder why you're poor and unemployed/unemployable
    read the very last line that American quoted again.

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