Unemployment Programs; Black Unemployment…

On May 11, 2010 I posted my thoughts on black unemployment and some organizations call for the United Nations to address black unemployment.  Well, the Economic Policy Institute presented a  more in depth statistical analysis: released: 

Uneven pain—Unemployment by metropolitan area and race dated June 8, 2010. Between this and another previous post we can conclude:  Blacks are the most affected by the economic recession and unemployment; thus will most likely be affected long-term socially. Ironically, Blacks and Latinos had an increased in education attainment but higher unemployment rates.

From the May 11, 2010 post [ United Nations: People are calling the international community to the plight of Black Unemployment] on this blog in which I quoted:  “But the ugly truth is that the road to success that the degree they’ve earned was supposed to open up is littered with potholes that their education cannot overcome. This year, blacks who have earned a bachelor’s degree and higher have a higher unemployment rate than whites who have only obtained a two-year college degree. And blacks with college degrees earn substantially less than white college graduates.” [ Black college graduates face road full of potholes, May 11, 2010, Statesman Journal updated version provided in a different website:  Black college graduates face a road ahead full of potholes | lancastereaglegazette.com | Lancaster Eagle Gazette ] Even with these facts and statistics I see not a regression but a potential full-blown manifestation of hatred as many of us have read in history. When a country is in decline which most obvious sign is its economy and international trade, those who are members of unpopular groups, you know those who are not deemed by dominant society as “one of us” will be blamed for it.

Let me state a brief insight: For minorities to try to do things the “right way” attain education, work towards a goal, only to be overlooked for a lesser educated white potential employment is psychologically damaging. It is a reminder that racism is inherent in American culture, government and politics. When push comes to shove, minorities as well as a few whites are expendables. This leaves a resounding whisper in the minds of those largely affected that “America has not changed.”

Should we assume that the abismal statistics provided by EPI are accurate, this gives additional insight to news regarding unemployment benefits. According to an article posted by the Huffington Post on June 14, 2010; more people continue to lose unemployment benefits due to Congress’ failure to extend it and other programs. [Uneven pain—Unemployment by metropolitan area and race].

As Blacks maintain the highest percentage of unemployment across the nation, rationally, they are the very ones who are relying on unemployment benefits for survival, though many are likely educated and not necessarily blue-collar workers. Simply fathoms the mind, for those who believed that they could taste the American Dream but only to be met with sometimes polite rebuffs that reinforces a cyclical society of unbalance and discrmination. I have read that some economists are expecting riots in urban areas because of the economic crisis. For those who believe that living in the suburbs shields them, let me remind you that plenty of Section 8 housing residents and others are spread throughout the suburbs and that some suburbs are dependent and surround major urban areas–you know where many professionals commute to work. It’s looking grim. Can you say Ecuador?

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  1. […] Unemployment Programs; Black Unemployment… «].  Here, the Economic Policy Institute provided statistics on black unemployment.  On June 18, 2010, Newsweek referencesInstitute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP): A Research Institute of the Heller School which conducted its own numerical study regarding Black unemployment and the wealth gap they and Hispanics confront with regards to the general economy. […]

  2. dupednontraditional Said:

    White guy here – for what it is worth, while I have hardly been showered with big money and easy opportunity, I will agree that racism rears its ugly head most prominently during an economic crisis. Even in “good” times, over the years I have worked with the “token” black or latino, and more often than not they are receiving some kind of short shrift, or at least they were the “one” who was allowed to play ball with the rest. “This Sneetch doesn’t have a star on his belly, but hey…he’s OK after all, y’know? Who’da guessed?” It was always clear what was going on…how other people think the social/economic equivalent of being polite in public and snickering behind people’s backs in private works as a system is beyond me.

    This privatize-the-profits-publicize-the-losses mentality will lead to anarchy. A little more equality, economic and otherwise, would go a long way. Instead, short-sighted “I got mine” thinking rules the day, to our mutual harm.

    • A Law School Victim Said:

      Thank you for the candor, on occasion I do meet a white person who will admit what you have. But to be honest I’ve seen enough hatred, deceit, and overt disrespect among black women (yes the educated ones, those are more likely to be attorneys than their male counterpart) in the field, in social settings, public businesses, retail stores, etc.. that when an opportunity arises one black person feels safer isolating themselves to some degree to protect their career and sanity rather than interact with them. It’s like the scene from The Godfather: “If he’s Italian why does he bother other Italians?” Response: because he knows “nobody will protect them.” It’s not always whites or the system’s fault; just like IVY Leaguers can’t justify blaming minorities all the time. Blacks for the most part hate each other and their successes.


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