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Black Unemployment Up Again At 13%!

September 13, 2013 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) What is it going to take for black people to snap out of their complacency and participate? Blacks from all appearances appear to be satisfied when it comes to the economy. Maybe that is why this administration feels no compelling need to address the issue of double-digit black unemployment. While the overall unemployment rate for the nation in August decreased to 7.3% from 7.4%, black unemployment rose to 13%. Blacks were up in every category when it comes to the unemployment numbers for August except one, teenagers, ages 16 to 19 years of age. The unemployment rate for black men rose from 12.5% to 13.5%; the rate for black women rose from 10.5% to 10.6% and black teenagers dropped from a rate of 41.6% to 38.2%.

Black people have observed President Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus oversee the slow but steady economic destruction of the black community over the last six years. This havoc continues unabated even as you read this article! The black community  has the highest unemployment rate of any working group in America. Nary a word about any credible solutions have come from the White House or the Black Caucus! Credible solution means legislation that will pass both houses of Congress. While there are some diehard believers who believe otherwise, a good number of blacks feel neither the president or the Black Caucus will suddenly grow hair on their chests and take action to stem the decline of blacks economically. benefitsapplication

I don’t need to tell you that the 13.0% official rate of black unemployment which is up from 12.6% in July, is higher in actuality. That rate could be in actual numbers as high as 17% to 19% or even higher. I don’t need to tell you about the despair in many black households. I don’t need to tell you about the high rate of black on black crime in some of our more economically depressed communities. I don’t need to tell you about the toll of 6 years of double-digit unemployment is taking upon blacks in terms of housing foreclosures. As honorable as our governmental representatives maybe, they are not going to take the needed action to change this situation without prompting. Who then is suppose represent black national interests at this critical juncture?
 
Well, the answer to that question starts with you. Yes, it starts with you! All of us need to realize our existence is not by happenstance. We have a right to be here! That’s right, a right to be in this world! When God created us through the miracle of childbirth, He gave us that right. The majority population realized a long time ago, they had certain rights, as a result of birth. They even enshrined those rights in words in the Declaration of Independence. Do you remember hearing or reading these following words? “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men…”
 
Many of us refuse to claim our rights and regress because we fail to participate in pushing our government to deliver on those rights. Many of us regress because some of us are just mentally and physically lazy, not caring how our government treats us. We take this attitude even though we were integral in instituting that very government. Did  Mr. Obama not receive over 90% of the black vote? We would rather leave everything, including our economic well-being up to others. Many who see themselves as being Christians regress because they don’t believe what they say they believe when it comes to God and His Word. Remember these words, “Ecclesiastes 5:9 Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.”

Do you see in those words where He favored one group or race of people over another? The verse said “all,” and that means me and you. When do you think African Americans will act to claim their share? Believing in and acting upon God’s words is a true reflection of “a believer.” Many regress because of fear. And finally many regress because some of us have lost faith in our fellow human beings and their  ability and willingness to challenge governmental representatives to come up with meaningful policies that will lead to job creation. A verse from my favorite poem, “Desiderata,” comes to mind when I catch myself becoming cynical and dismissive of those who are striving positively on behalf of the human race. The poem states:
 
“Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.”
 
I ask the question again, “What is it going to take to get blacks to participate?” As indicated, every single individual living today has a God given right to be here, including African Americans. Additionally, everyone of us has a moral imperative to be responsive to the needs of our fellowman. This imperative supersedes waiting for others to act. Each of us is obligated individually to act in the best interest of others. 

Philippians
2:4 (NIV) Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
 
Change in the status of African Americans economically can become a reality, but do you know what it will require? That’s right, participation!
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/491214/wdgi/4313400  

Staff Writer; James Davis

More information about JD and his Deficit Neutral Stimulus Plan Can be founded at http://www.sslumpsum.com.

One may also pick up this “brother” latest book which is entitled; Hey…God’s Talking To You The Study Book.

 


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7 Responses to “Black Unemployment Up Again At 13%!”
  1. Northern_Magnolia says:

    @Tonya — When Black people talk about what they need to do for themselves, it is not reverse racism, no matter how uncomfortable it may make people of other races feel. Historically, the men of every culture have been expected to provide what is necessary for themselves and their families, not just spend nearly all their resources — money, and time, and energy — supporting everyone else’s families and contributing nothing to their family’s and community’s lasting wealth. There is nothing racist about wanting to care for your family first — even the Scripture says, “If any man provide not for his own, he is worse than an infidel.”

    Now, about “reverse racism” — go read up on the actual original definition of racism, a system designed to give privileges to one group of people over another based on race. Go read who designed it, and how it has been actually used over the last five centuries. Black people choosing to speak about their needs on a site about BLACK MEN to the exclusion of talking about white people for a little while does not rise even close to the level of racism.

  2. Tonya says:

    I am saddened that “toomanygrandkids” is using reverse racism to make what could be a very good point. Empowering individuals to work and hire unemployed is truly honorable. However; there are generations of individuals who are not interested in working for any company, regardless of if the owner is black or white. I work in a multicultural environment as a teacher and I see a lot of black, educated and non-educated individuals who work very hard to earn a good living for their families. I see poor black and white individuals who would rather get a handout and have “mastered” the art of going from one charitable organization to another to spin their story of victimization an sorrow in order to gain what they need without having a job. With that said, I do know there are individuals who want a job and truly have difficulty in finding work. I get that. At least they are trying to find work while accepting charity, where others just find charity and take, take, take. It’s very frustrating. I say put all federal help back into the hands of the states and allow them to regulate how long it is available and how much they “need” in emergency situations only. I bet that alone would cut our deficit in half!

  3. James Davis says:

    Satchel,

    Thank you for reading and replying to my comments. Because, I felt you deserved a complete and detailed answer, I wrote a reply in following piece
    http://thyblackman.com/2013/09/18/black-unemployment-and-social-security-a-reply-to-satchel/

    Please take the time and read it,,, and afterwards consider joining me.
    http://www.sslumpsum.com

  4. Satchel says:

    I believe Social Security Insurance (SSI) is just that. An insurance Policy to Secure a basic living, for people people in the United States, who can’t earn a living either by Age or Health.

  5. toomanygrandkids says:

    I think if black men would unite, buy properties, open businesses, and train/hire black people, the wouldn’t be such an unempoyment rate. For years, black men haven’t seen themselves as being successful businessmen operating a legit business. The majority of working-class black men feel a sense of comfort and security working for white-owned companies. But its not the white man’s responsibility to provide every black person w/ employment and benefits. Black men should also be responsible for providing jobs and benefits, but only for black people who want a job and benefits.

    “Blacks from all appearances appear to be satisfied when it comes to the economy. Maybe thats why this administration feels no compelling need to address the issue of double-digit black unemployment.”

    Blacks living in the real world are not satisfied w/ losing their jobs, homes, etc. They’re not satisfied w/ not being able to afford the decent life they once lived. But what can they do except look for another job? Do black men as a race feel the compelling need to address the black unemployment rate? You and how many other black men are going out here in black communities offering job training and/or jobs?

    “If 100 people donate $140.00 or 200 people donate $70.00 to the billboard campaign, we could create a national discussion of the plan and ultimately force Congress to expand the benefits of SS to allow partial distributions. I am having problems w/ why readers on this site brush off this plan? I don’t know anything of this/your plan. I can’t even remember clicking on the link, but I will today.

  6. James Davis says:

    You are right Satchel,

    Thank you for reading the piece. The statement was unwarranted and a little over the top. It was said in frustration to some extent. Perhaps you can give a brother some advice. I have put before our readers a workable plan to bring not only blacks but the country out of this downturn. I have even gone as far as to actually point out to our brothers and sisters the specific benefits of the Davis Deficit Neutral Job Creation Plan http://thyblackman.com/2013/08/15/40000-00-to-each-black-person-retirement-is-the-answer/,yet I am unable to attract any interest beyond myself and Mr. Adams who is the editor of this site. What about you Satchel, why haven’t you contributed to bringing this plan out of obscurity through the billboard campaign at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/491214/wdgi/4313400 ?
    I am looking for some real feedback here! This plan is not radical as folks are taking down partial distributions from their corporate pensions plans every day in the private sector as they retire, but not at the rate this plan would engender. I am simply presenting the possibility of transferring this practice from the private to the public sector, through Social Security where 10,000 people a day will be exposed to this opportunity. It will if done, with the right tax incentive free up and flush through this economy the $400,000,000.00 to $800,000,000.00 million dollars a day, I suggest. I am just having problems with why the readers who come to this site brush off this plan? If 100 people donate $140.00 or 200 people donate $70.00 to the billboard campaign, we could create a national discussion of the plan and ultimately force Congress to expand the benefits of Social Security to allow partial distributions. Our high double-digit unemployment rate would then become a thing of the past. It is not as if Congress has not recently changed the rules governing Social Security. Remember Mr. Obama’s tax holiday! That required a rule change to Social Security. If you are thinking, people are thinking that if this plan is so great, why not simply present it to the government? They will jump on it. It does not work that way. The Social Security Trust Fund has been mismanaged by Congress to the extent that it is actually broke. Mr. Obama and Congress know this. Read the piece at http://www.sslumpsum.com about Social Security fraud. To advocate this plan, the elected public official who attaches his name to it would have the awkward task of explaining why the fund is broke. No politician is going to take a chance on ruining his career in that way. This has to come from the bottom and go up, giving politicians the cover to join in as the plan becomes popular with public. There you have it. Help a brother, give me some understanding regarding why you and others are not attracted to this opportunity for our unemployed brothers and sisters sake? A little honesty will help me as I move forward. Thank you.

  7. Satchel says:

    The writer said.. “Blacks from all appearances appear to be satisfied when it comes to the economy. Maybe that is why this administration feels no compelling need to address the issue of double-digit black unemployment.” I disagree, and feel the statement was unwarranted. We are far from satisfied. But, I must admit, a number of Negros, are well assimilated with American life and do well personally, may be satisfied. As for the masses, we are not prepared to function for ourselves, because of poor education or ignorance. But like the writer said,”Nary a word about any credible solutions have come from the White House or the Black Caucus!” These black leaders Can not give us jobs, nor educate our children. That has to come from us. We have to form voting blocks to impose our will on our local leaders, start Charter Schools to educate our children to benefit the community and focus our spending in ways that benefit the black community. Pray for strength and wisdom to make good decisions.

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