Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:12 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
Why this recovery is more jobless for black Americans than others
When pressed about whether or not he feels an obligation to address the crisis of black unemployment, President Obama has supplied a reliably consistent answer over the past four years: a rising tide lifts all boats... And the economy has done better. Recovery has been slow and growth modest, but the answer to "are we better-off than we were four years ago?" is definitely "yes". That is, if you're talking overall. For black people, the answer may be, "eh, not really".
The national unemployment rate has gone down to 7.9%, but for black people, it remains stuck in the teens – having gone up in the last jobs report before the election from 13.4% to 14.3%. This is because black job-seekers have to contend with something that does not come up in the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly jobs report: racism...
At the end of 2011, it stood that black women were losing more jobs during the recovery than had been lost during the recession. It's not hard to figure out why: as the private sector added jobs, more than 4m as the president reminded us throughout the long campaign, the public sector has steadily cut jobs. In fact, there has been a net loss of 1m public sector jobs since Obama took office – the worst three years on record for public sector job losses – as compromises with his Republican opponents have meant the slashing of funds at the federal, state, and local levels.
Not only has this meant a slower recovery, but it has also meant that those jobs that have traditionally been a means for black people, especially black women, to enter the middle class have disappeared. Around 40% of the public sector jobs lost have been in local government education, where teachers, librarians, guidance counselors, administrators, and more have seen their jobs vanish. This is field dominated by women, and has been a safe bet for black women seeking employment...
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Why this recovery is more jobless for black Americans than others (Original post)
Response to HiPointDem (Original post)
Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:34 AM
AnotherMcIntosh (11,064 posts)
1. In the year before Obama was born, JFK made famous the saying, "A rising tide lifts all boats."
Now a UK author claims that
"President Obama has supplied a reliably consistent answer over the past four years: a rising tide lifts all boats"
You know, maybe President Obama has borrowed that quote. But has that really been his mantra for the last four years? If so, why hasn't this been covered more regularly. Why hasn't it been said that JFK is one of Obama's heroes?
The UK author's answer to the disproportionate percentage of Black Americans is racism. And the loss of public sector jobs.
But the author hasn't seem to focus on the fact that many manufacturing jobs that were formerly held by Black Americans were knowingly shipped to foreign countries with the assistance of those who signed so-called "free-trade" agreements.
When Bush-41 proposed signing NAFTA and Clinton actually signed NAFTA, the effect of having jobs sent to foreign countries was already known. This wasn't racism. It was the greed of the super-rich. When the community in which President Obama was a community organizer has essentially the same level of poverty that it had when he was a community organizer, this isn't due to racism. It's due to indifference. Those who can pay for $50,000 dinners and want to profit by sending and keeping manufacturing jobs to foreign countries have the ear of the White House. Those who live in poverty, like those in the community in which President Obama was a community organizer, don't.
It's easy for a Brit or a UK writer to come up with a quick story while relying upon cliches. The story would be a little more meaningful if the author would have focused more attention on the effect that shipping American manufacturing jobs to foreign countries has had upon Black workers.
Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #1)
Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:45 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
3. i tend to agree. That 'racism' line seemed almost a throw-away.
It is true about public-sector jobs, though, and teaching jobs. Blacks workers are disproportionately employed in the public sector, and it's taken big hits at all levels through this continuing recessionary job loss.