Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Addressing Employment Challenges

Bob Herbert continues highlighting a concern that should definitely be of interest to us: "the jobless rate for blacks is at least three times as high as that for whites."

He goes even further and suggests why there has been so little public discussion on the disparity.
Some decades ago, you would have heard a sustained outcry against such dire conditions among blacks, and there would have been loud demands for policy changes designed to bring more black Americans into the economic mainstream. You don’t hear much of that now. Too many so-called black leaders are much more interested in invitations to the White House and positive profiles in mainstream publications than in raising any kind of ruckus that might benefit people in real trouble.
Herbert closes noting that "We honor Dr. King with a national holiday, but his long campaign for economic justice has been all but forgotten."

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