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9:06pm January 27, 2013

NAACP Chief Ben Jealous: Blacks are Doing Worse

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On Meet the Press today, NAACP Chief Ben Jealous said, ”Right now when you look at joblessness in this country — the country is pretty much back to where it was when this President started. White people are doing a bit better. Black folks are doing a full point worse.”

“The big issues of this day also include marriage equality and immigration reform — they include making sure that we lift all boats,” Jealous said. ”With this President having said we need to invest in a strategies that lifts all boats — we know that some boats are clearly stuck, the question is will Congress join him in getting those boats unstuck too,” the NAACP President concluded.

With divided government that includes a Republican controlled House only scheduled to be in session for 126 days in 2013, Jealous’ point that Congress must act would seem unlikely.  The Labor Department reported the Black unemployment rate up from 12.9% to 14% for December.

With regard to hopes that “a rising tide” will lift the boats of unemployed Blacks, March 2012′s jobless numbers showed that Black unemployment became worse even as the economy added jobs and other groups improved.

In January 2009 when President Obama took office the Black unemployment rate was 12.7%.  The best Black jobless number during Obama’s first term was 12.9% in November 2012.  The worst during Obama’s first term was September 2011 with 16.7% — the highest Black unemployment number since 1983 according to the Department of Labor.

The worst Black jobless number during President Bush’s eight years in office was 12.1% in December 2008.  The best jobless number for Blacks during the Bush years was 7.7% in February 2001 and 7.7% again in August 2007.

Additionally, in July 2012 the unemployment rate for Black teens became the highest sector of joblessness at a staggering 39.3%.  In May 2011 the Black teen jobless rate hit 40%.

A large coalition of civil and social rights groups, including the NAACP, the National Urban League and the National Action Network, met for the second time on Friday to discuss what should be included in a “Black agenda” to be presented to the President.  Jobs was a major topic.  The coalition stated Friday they will urge the President to mention the need for an urban jobs plan in his State of the Union speech.

LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE, Politic365 Managing Editor, publishes the blog Crewof42 on Black members of Congress.  She can be heard every Tuesday on the radio on The Earl Ingram Show at 4 p.m. EST. Ms. Burke has enjoyed employment with USAToday.com and ABC News. Contact: LBurke007@gmail.com.  Twitter: @Crewof42.



About the Author

Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer and political analyst. She created the blog Crewof42, a blog that covers African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin and on WHUR, WURD, and WVON. Ms. Burke has enjoyed employment at USAToday.com and ABC News. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail anytime: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @Crewof42




 
 

 
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  1. [...] On Meet the Press today, NAACP Chief Ben Jealous said, ”Right now when you look at joblessness in this country — the country is pretty much back to where it was when this President started. White people are doing a bit better. Black folks are doing a full point worse.” Continue reading Politic365.com [...]


  2. [...] NAACP Chief Ben Jealous: Blacks are doing worse [...]


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  4. I agree that we have to either become grounded in our cultural heritage and if that is too much for those who feel as if they cannot relate to being African, they can emulate the immigrant mentality of others who embrace the entrepreneurial spirit…we have to become producers or staunch entrepreneurs. It will be our only way to garner any parity with other groups of people. In this global market competition, everyone is playing for keeps. We have to learn the selfishness of survival and playing for keeps!


    • Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad, George Frasier, Tony Brown, Dr. Amos Wilson, Thomas Sankara, Kwame Nkrumah, George Subira,

      We have a plethora of folk who have given us the blueprint to become a successful collective. We have to understand the word ‘COLLECTIVE” first.

      That is why when you hear the debate over immigration, the focus seems to be on the Latin community and never the African and Caribbean communities with our community silent on this issue. Those communities, with some of the same issues that we have understand when to put differences to the side. Lets learn from others…


    • There has to come a time where we have to collectively get tired of being on the top of every bad list and the bottom of every good one. When we speak on success, we cannot only look at other groups of people as if they have a patent on genius, success and intelligence, coupled with entrepreneurial leadership!

      It is no mistake that the last time we had under a 10% unemployment rate was during the Bush Administration. We need to understand that the most successful times that we have had since the Emancipation Proclamation were times we created our own towns and had our own economy and I didn’t just make that shit up…


  5. What are blacks making? Artisanal, entrepreneurial = new ecnomy. Produce > consume. Immigrant mentality! You’re welcome. Make it happen.


  6. What are blacks making? Artisanal, entrepreneurial = new ecnomy. Produce > consume. Immigrant mentality! You’re welcome. Make it happen.


  7. I agree that we have to either become grounded in our cultural heritage and if that is too much for those who feel as if they cannot relate to being African, they can emulate the immigrant mentality of others who embrace the entrepreneurial spirit…we have to become producers or staunch entrepreneurs. It will be our only way to garner any parity with other groups of people. In this global market competition, everyone is playing for keeps. We have to learn the selfishness of survival and playing for keeps!


    • There has to come a time where we have to collectively get tired of being on the top of every bad list and the bottom of every good one. When we speak on success, we cannot only look at other groups of people as if they have a patent on genius, success and intelligence, coupled with entrepreneurial leadership!

      It is no mistake that the last time we had under a 10% unemployment rate was during the Bush Administration. We need to understand that the most successful times that we have had since the Emancipation Proclamation were times we created our own towns and had our own economy and I didn’t just make that shit up…


    • Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad, George Frasier, Tony Brown, Dr. Amos Wilson, Thomas Sankara, Kwame Nkrumah, George Subira,

      We have a plethora of folk who have given us the blueprint to become a successful collective. We have to understand the word ‘COLLECTIVE” first.

      That is why when you hear the debate over immigration, the focus seems to be on the Latin community and never the African and Caribbean communities with our community silent on this issue. Those communities, with some of the same issues that we have understand when to put differences to the side. Lets learn from others…


  8. I’m BETTER off than I was four years ago because I AM BETTER. I also moved where there is more economic opportunity (from Atlanta to DFW). However I had a friend who reached back to help pull me up. Helped me relocate financially and gave me moral support. A lack of community is partly responsible for these numbers. NOT the government or Obama. WE ARE THE ANSWER…and at times the problem/oppressor.


  9. Black folks are doing a full point worse.”.

    “The big issues of this day also include marriage equality and immigration reform — they include making sure that we lift all boats,” Jealous said.

    Shouldn’t the biggest issue of this day be attacking Black unemployment? Of course it should. But it isn’t. Why?

    Because leaders of The NAACP, The Urban League and other self-appointed Black leaders abandoned working class African Americans years ago. Currently, no one is providing political leadership or representation for Black Americans. Collectively, we are irrelevant to the political dialogue. The only time we matter is right before elections.

    But, those so-called leaders are not singularly responsible for this fiasco. Far too many of us are political neophytes. Too many of us mistake symbolism for substance. And too many of us suffer from extremely low self esteem and consequently believe we have no right to ask for anything in return for our votes.


  10. So Geroge Bush was better for the employment prospects of African Americans then the first African American President? Is that right?


  11. I don’t think president Ben Jealous was saying African Americans are doing worse because of Obama… just saying we are doing worse from 8 yrs of Bush to this 2nd term w/Obama. We are at an all time low in unemployment due to many factors… not because of Obama. Really think peeps are making a bigger deal out of this interview..and taking much out of context for their own political agenda.


  12. I don’t think president Ben Jealous was saying African Americans are doing worse because of Obama… just saying we are doing worse from 8 yrs of Bush to this 2nd term w/Obama. We are at an all time low in unemployment due to many factors… not because of Obama. Really think peeps are making a bigger deal out of this interview..and taking much out of context for their own political agenda.


  13. Let us understand that Racism still exist. With that said, We (Blacks) have to understand that we have to stay out of situations that can hinder us in the future. For instance, dropping out of grammar and high school probably won’t benefit you in the future. Having a rap sheet the size of the equator also won’t help you out either. When I hear Black folks say “Obama need to do something for us”, I say What? What would you suggest? Because lets be real, a lot of our issues are self inflicted.


  14. Let us understand that Racism still exist. With that said, We (Blacks) have to understand that we have to stay out of situations that can hinder us in the future. For instance, dropping out of grammar and high school probably won’t benefit you in the future. Having a rap sheet the size of the equator also won’t help you out either. When I hear Black folks say “Obama need to do something for us”, I say What? What would you suggest? Because lets be real, a lot of our issues are self inflicted.


  15. LAUREN I guess I just need help in understanding why black unempl remains so high, especially with teens and young adults; as I read YOUR ending salute of enjoying employment at USA TODAY (which the newsp ind is heading south thanks to the internet; I worked for a major newsp in 70s 80s 90s but today diffr story) and your are with ABC? Which says kudos about your education and skills… On the other hand my 26yr old was laid off from BOA in early ’09 stayed on empl 6mos then finally found a job at a major”Cemetery” Corp in this country….
    she really didn’t mean to stilll be there, but the time there will look good on a resume regarding skills as a Family Services Counselor; but as you can guess this corp has “major turnover”…lol….while still there she applied at Delta(thank you for your intr but…) and other finan institutions…..I wouldn’t like to see her do another 5yrs where she is….BUT she has a car note and lives with her dad and is now working on an assoc degree in accountg ;.
    FRUSTRATING for her but she is thankful for her JOB!


  16. LAUREN I guess I just need help in understanding why black unempl remains so high, especially with teens and young adults; as I read YOUR ending salute of enjoying employment at USA TODAY (which the newsp ind is heading south thanks to the internet; I worked for a major newsp in 70s 80s 90s but today diffr story) and your are with ABC? Which says kudos about your education and skills… On the other hand my 26yr old was laid off from BOA in early ’09 stayed on empl 6mos then finally found a job at a major”Cemetery” Corp in this country….
    she really didn’t mean to stilll be there, but the time there will look good on a resume regarding skills as a Family Services Counselor; but as you can guess this corp has “major turnover”…lol….while still there she applied at Delta(thank you for your intr but…) and other finan institutions…..I wouldn’t like to see her do another 5yrs where she is….BUT she has a car note and lives with her dad and is now working on an assoc degree in accountg ;.
    FRUSTRATING for her but she is thankful for her JOB!


  17. Wish he would’ve said this 6 months ago when we could’ve beaten this horrible wicked crooked man named Barack Obama!


  18. Wish he would’ve said this 6 months ago when we could’ve beaten this horrible wicked crooked man named Barack Obama!


  19. “Nothing counts but pressure, pressure, and more pressure, and still more pressure through broad organized aggressive mass action.” — A. Phillip Randolph


  20. “Nothing counts but pressure, pressure, and more pressure, and still more pressure through broad organized aggressive mass action.” — A. Phillip Randolph


  21. The Black community can point fingers all day and night and what will that do? NOTHING. Stop complaining. Ben Jealous is a straight up Ham trying to get attention. The NAACP is corrupt and irrelevant and needs to help the black community instead of pointing the blame to President Obama. If anything this makes blacks looks selfish and ignorant. So what obama is for gay rights and immigration? AND? Legal Immigrants and gays voted for him as well as we did. If he didn’t extend the bush tax cuts, unemployment wouldn’t have been extended. Guantanamo bay needs to be closed, yes…but come on black people who are not politically aware don’t even know the half to even begin to complain! Why is it a single black mother rather remain on welfare then try to work, the same as a white mother doing the exact same, doesn’t want too! Simple!

    Ben Jealous and other so-called black elites/groups should start to figure out a way to bring employment in the places hit the hardest with unemployment in african american communities, instead of blaming Barack Obama. If it wasn’t Barack, Ben Jealous would be saying Mitt Romney is oppressing blacks with lowest job statistics ever!
    What has the NAACP done for the high- unemployment rates amongst African-Americans? Why isn’t the NAACP not serving it’s purpose today when it’s members are suffering, but instead having conferences and award shows? Nothing…so who gives Ben Jealous and the NAACP the right to point out obama’s flaws when they are flawed themselves LOL We need to stop looking for someone to blame! We as a people NEED to IMPROVE! It’s a damn shame when I sought college scholarships to help with my out-of-state tuition, I was lead to NAACP/UNCF website not to get a legit scholarship, but to buy a freaking membership card! The cheapest being 30 dollars! The NAACP doesn’t even care about educating its own people so those job numbers can improve! Just opportunists to make more money! The NAACP now-a-days is an facade sect sponsored by COCA-COLA in order to put on award shows to honor rich black celebrities that all supported Barack Obama in the first place! Ben Jealous pull your head out of your high yellow ass and stop bsing those who choose to believe you and the negativity! Simple fact…when black people learn to come together, educate themselves, become proactive, and accept we are capable of better for ourselves that’s when success will happen.

    Unemployment rates are high for everyone , and yes blacks were going to suffer due to the fact we are already historically behind compared to whites economically, socially, education, etc. Black people gave up and lost it well before the 80 ‘s crack epidemic.

    The Black folks hating on Obama will never be happy! Before obama, these same blacks had no voice and didn’t even vote as much as we all do now! Excuse: “I ain’t voting for no white man that can’t help me” Now there is someone that you can identify with culturally in office and has passed legislation that directly does help blacks as well as others (health care, college grants, mortgage loans, unemployment benefits, stimulus package, snap program lol) and then want to b*tch and moan because you’re in the same position if not worst before the recession and not seeing much change. But whose situation isn’t the same? And really…whose real fault is that? Even more reason to go with the times, take new classes to go into a new job field, learn spanish aka hablo espanol!, learn how to use computers and their programs and applications, learn how to be respectful instead of ignorant acting on jobs and being loud and obnoxious and ghetto. Black people’s situations will improve in the united states! Stop with the excuses and blame games! Grow up Black people Grow up and do it for yourselves dammit! Stop believing you’re going to be some athlete, rapper, or groupie cliche on BET.

    We are Kings and Queens and should be able to rise above adversity.


  22. This is a topic that causes a lot of arguments. I enjoy traveling and meeting people of all races from all parts of the country. I find that too many people are sitting back either LOVING or DESPISING the President rather than standing up and doing something about this mess the country is in. Things could be a lot worse, but I also see the racial tensions growing again, maybe about as tense as it has been in a long time.


  23. The Black community can point fingers all day and night and what will that do? NOTHING. Stop complaining. Ben Jealous is a straight up Ham trying to get attention. The NAACP is corrupt and irrelevant and needs to help the black community instead of pointing the blame to President Obama. If anything this makes blacks looks selfish and ignorant. So what obama is for gay rights and immigration? AND? Legal Immigrants and gays voted for him as well as we did. If he didn’t extend the bush tax cuts, unemployment wouldn’t have been extended. Guantanamo bay needs to be closed, yes…but come on black people who are not politically aware don’t even know the half to even begin to complain! Why is it a single black mother rather remain on welfare then try to work, the same as a white mother doing the exact same, doesn’t want too! Simple!

    Ben Jealous and other so-called black elites/groups should start to figure out a way to bring employment in the places hit the hardest with unemployment in african american communities, instead of blaming Barack Obama. If it wasn’t Barack, Ben Jealous would be saying Mitt Romney is oppressing blacks with lowest job statistics ever!
    What has the NAACP done for the high- unemployment rates amongst African-Americans? Why isn’t the NAACP not serving it’s purpose today when it’s members are suffering, but instead having conferences and award shows? Nothing…so who gives Ben Jealous and the NAACP the right to point out obama’s flaws when they are flawed themselves LOL We need to stop looking for someone to blame! We as a people NEED to IMPROVE! It’s a damn shame when I sought college scholarships to help with my out-of-state tuition, I was lead to NAACP/UNCF website not to get a legit scholarship, but to buy a freaking membership card! The cheapest being 30 dollars! The NAACP doesn’t even care about educating its own people so those job numbers can improve! Just opportunists to make more money! The NAACP now-a-days is an facade sect sponsored by COCA-COLA in order to put on award shows to honor rich black celebrities that all supported Barack Obama in the first place! Ben Jealous pull your head out of your high yellow ass and stop bsing those who choose to believe you and the negativity! Simple fact…when black people learn to come together, educate themselves, become proactive, and accept we are capable of better for ourselves that’s when success will happen.

    Unemployment rates are high for everyone , and yes blacks were going to suffer due to the fact we are already historically behind compared to whites economically, socially, education, etc. Black people gave up and lost it well before the 80 ‘s crack epidemic.

    The Black folks hating on Obama will never be happy! Before obama, these same blacks had no voice and didn’t even vote as much as we all do now! Excuse: “I ain’t voting for no white man that can’t help me” Now there is someone that you can identify with culturally in office and has passed legislation that directly does help blacks as well as others (health care, college grants, mortgage loans, unemployment benefits, stimulus package, snap program lol) and then want to b*tch and moan because you’re in the same position if not worst before the recession and not seeing much change. But whose situation isn’t the same? And really…whose real fault is that? Even more reason to go with the times, take new classes to go into a new job field, learn spanish aka hablo espanol!, learn how to use computers and their programs and applications, learn how to be respectful instead of ignorant acting on jobs and being loud and obnoxious and ghetto. Black people’s situations will improve in the united states! Stop with the excuses and blame games! Grow up Black people Grow up and do it for yourselves dammit! Stop believing you’re going to be some athlete, rapper, or groupie cliche on BET.

    We are Kings and Queens and should be able to rise above adversity.


 
 



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