The Congressional Black Caucus Continues to Push on Black Unemployment

22 Aug

Congressional Black Caucus Feb 2009

by S. Renee Greene, Your Black World 

Black unemployment is currently at 15.9% nationally. Detroit congressional Representatives John Conyers and Hansen Clarke hosted job events in Detroit recently, stating that the unemployment rate is much higher in the black community and is over 40%. In light of American polling consensus that puts Congress’ approval rating at historic lows (70-84% of Americans believe Congress is not doing its job), several other members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) were in Detroit with the two Michigan representatives to address the matter at hand in black communities.

“We want to give the President every opportunity to show what he can do and show what he is prepared to lead on… But our people are hurting. The unemployment is unconscionable.  We don’t know what the strategy is.  We don’t know why — on this trip he’s on now — he’s not in any black communities. We don’t know that. We’re politicians. We’re elected officials. We are trying to do the right thing and the best thing,” Representative Maxine Waters (D.-CA) stated. “When you let us know when it’s time to let go, we’ll let go.” (She was speaking with regard to her earlier request that black America allow the CBC to “unleash” on President Obama regarding black unemployment rates.)

President Obama spoke to NAACP President Ben Jealous, National Urban League President Marc Morial, and Rev. Al Sharpton in February 2010, telling them “a rising tide lifts all boats.”

S. Renee Greene is a former news clerk/staff writer with the Columbus (GA) Ledger-Enquirer, a biographer and historian, and is currently owner of GreeneInk Digital Media News Association, an SEO content and news aggregator company. GreeneInk also develops static websites for small businesses, and provides writing and ghostwriting services for individuals and companies.

16 Responses to “The Congressional Black Caucus Continues to Push on Black Unemployment”

  1. WizardG August 22, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    And the band played on! Whites don’t like the idea of us blaming them for our problems and they get real angry when they are forced to share jobs with us. Some of them even think they are “good” people, but I rarely see them around when we are asking for justice and fairness. I rarely see them when blacks are shot down in the streets by white aggressive and racist police. I rarely see them standing side by side with us when we are protesting numerous abuse.I rarely see them even writing about widespread mistreatment. (They would rather protect wildlife?) So I have a difficult time trying to understand why they think they are such good non-racist people and why they had to give us a “race card” like they give death cards to so-called terrorist leaders.

    I don’t hear the whites and Jews protesting that blacks aren’t getting very many media type jobs and that we are still found to be numbered one to every twenty whites or Jews in every television show, and news, etc. Where are these good white folks? Because without their efforts to stand beside us our chances are slim to none in “The Age Of Obama”!

    • brendabeyt August 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

      I agree with what you have to say I am currently watching wha will be said and done this week during the MLK dedication ceremonies as you so appropriately put it they (whites) don’t wish us week any endeavor this type of hatred has been inbred and deeply embedded for generations toward us and the institutionalization that supports it is really no better. I will be covering the happenings this week up close and personal . I am also waiting to see if the Executive Order that our president put out to the powers that be will be implemented in the way that it is supposedly is ordered. Not in the manner that the upper echelon will do but the appropriate way to include minorities of every ilk not just the ones that pass their safety checks and technical levels that they have indoctrinated into the government.

  2. leilaslim August 22, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    The CBC,oh yeah i remember, came into being duriing Ms. Chilsom tenure. I thought the CBC had disbanded during the past couple of years,no issues everything was just lovely dovely,unemployment was okay in the Black community, foreclosures,no problem,gangs were wrecking the community,Blacks deaths because of drug activities,no problem. So now you are asking the Black community to unleash you,dang i thought we unleashed y’all when we voted y’all into office, get a life!

    • Blknight96 (@Blknight96) August 23, 2011 at 2:32 am #

      Sadly mistaken and sadly misinformed. They have talked to this President briefly on a few occasions on this very subject and got the standard rhetoric talk about all boats will rise in a tide CRAP!!!

      First off you need a boat to begin with and secondly one without so many holes in it.

      It’s just recently after 2 years and some did they finally decide to go public with this issue. Since this President has NO problem dealing with the Hispanic community needs and has spent days on their issue meeting with them.

      What this article didn’t point out this past July Ben Jealous and Mark Morial met with the President in the Oval Office about this same issue. He gave them 30 minutes in this meeting, I say again 30 minutes and didn’t recall any outrage from peeps about this.

      But the Gays got their issues heard and address, Hispanics, Jews, etc. But when it comes to our issues there seems to be a problem and most of your belly ache about he needs more time and we should wait until his next term. Those other groups didn’t wait, so why should we?

      • Kofi August 23, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

        I totally agree with your reply. Blacks who want to defend this adminnstrations neglect of black issues seem to ignore the fact that so many other groups have gotten results from this president. Steve Harvey and others claim that the president had to be the president for everyone. The problem many people have is that he seems to be the president for everyone else. If McCain were in office right now, all things being equal, blacks would be screaming in the streets. You may recall how everyone was all over Bush with regard to his foreign policy towards Iraq. Blacks and other “liberals” seem to be silent while this Black President bombs black and other colored people in 3 or 4 countries across the Middle East.

      • Errick August 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

        Come on people stop counting minutes. He met with NAACP about jobs, after which the major stimulus package was put forth (which took approval from congress for a trillion dollars). He met with Hispanics and gays on their issues for a longer period of time, which cost little to nothing to fund financially. In this scenario it seems that because he was trying to put shovel ready jobs into play, which affect the black community at a higher rate than illegal aliens, or gay people looking for marriage, we were the target of those jobs.

        There are times that it seems to me that we forget that there is always a way to do things. We are great when it comes to sniffing out conspiracies or schemes when we think they are designed to keep black people down, but we do not use those same sensibilities when things are designed to help us. By the way, remember, just because he is the President that does not give Obama ultimate or unlimited power, he has to work with a lot of people who wake up each day and openly say that it is their job to do whatever they can to make him fail. He has to battle that and then deal with his own who seen not to want to think he has our interest at heart.

        It is akin to a man going to work daily with a boss that hates him, then he has to come home and deal with ungrateful kids because their friends have shoes that you can’t get for them because you know the household situation and the kids do not.

  3. SapphiresMomma August 22, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

    I would like to know if the CBC has any ideas or solutions on how to create more jobs for black people as well a jobs in general for all of the American people?

    Do you people think that the President can wave a wand and there will be jobs for everyone? Is he hiding jobs for the American people?

    If theCBC thinks there are jobs to be had, then by all means let the president and the American people know where they are, or at least how what can be done to create jobs!

    Talk is cheap!

    • Kofi August 23, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

      i don’t think anyone is asking for anything as obsurd as a magic wand. This issue is way bigger than the president. The most critcal error made by this president by far, is the unconditional bail-out of Wall Street oligarchs. They were given interest free money without putting in place some type of job creation initiative on their part. Consider that it is the banks’ ability to lend to small business that stimulates the economy. That is where a big part of job growth could have come from. But since Goldmann Sachs and others were among the top campaign contributors, Obama is permanently hamstrung. Any efforts to serve the American people will always be truncated. The sooner blacks and americans in general accept that the president is operating at the behest of a powerful global clique of elite bankers and royals, the sooner we all can get on with the business of doing for ourselves.

  4. Mark S. Allen August 22, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    Maybe this is just TOO HARD for us, BUT in honor of Dr. King’s Statue Dedication, and this also being the 90th Year Anniversary of the 1921 Race Riots of the original Black Wall Street of Tulsa — WHY cant the CBC, our national civil rights groups etc be on a collective national tour of majority Black communities reestablishing Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign and Operation Breadbasket program of teaching Black people the power of using their own consumer dollars to build the financial institutions in their own communities that would be used to fund new and existing Black businesses that create Black jobs?? Is this really TOO HARD??

    • Blknight96 (@Blknight96) August 23, 2011 at 2:24 am #

      Warren Ballentine on Sirus/XM Radio 128 The Power 10 – 1 pm (Mon – Fri) talks about this all the time. Except he states, instead of waiting on SOMEONE, YOU do it.

      Talks about investing money into Black Banks also and how to get out of debt, etc. We don’t need our elected leaders to do this and by the way Maxine Water’s husband used to be on a board for a Black Bank.

      Now it’s a legit to challenge Black Organizations, but why stop there how about challenging the Black Churches? Just think of the power if they took there money out of these corporate crooked banks and invested in a Black owned Bank that would be quicker to invest in them and the communities they serve.

  5. Blknight96 (@Blknight96) August 23, 2011 at 2:11 am #

    Think the biggest criticism of the CBC is that most don’t follow or know what they have done, so it’s open game on them for citing the damn obvious. For stating facts, for speaking for the very people who are now attacking them, because they dared after 2 years to publicly now challenge this President of the extremely high unemployment in our communities.
    I guess if you have a job, it’s easy to be critical…But besides thinking of yourselves for just a hot minute, think about the millions of brothers and sisters who don’t have a damn job and have been unemployed so long to where some have dropped for the system or classified as 99’ers.
    Educate yourselves first and foremost:
    Secondly don’t group them in with Tavis or West, because they’re challenging this President isn’t personal and they’re not saying like his dis-tractors do saying he hasn’t done nothing. Recognize there is a difference between constructive criticism vs destructive criticism. Something alot of us having a hard time distinguishing between the 2.
    Thirdly and finally I’ll leave with this one question:

    Can anyone of color give honest criticism of this President?

    • Kofi August 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

      I’ll take it one step further and ask: Can anyone at all give honest criticism of this President? If you’re black they call you a Tom; if you’re white they call you a racist

  6. Glenn Irvin Cayson August 26, 2011 at 2:54 am #

    Time to give African-Americans some real jobs, and stop hiring that cheap mexican labor for $5.00 hr.

  7. Errick August 29, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    Oh, and please can the CBC get another spokesperson and get Maxine Waters off television. She reminds me of a bitter mother-in-law that sees this as her opportunity get at her son-in-law because he doesn’t run his house the way she would want.

  8. JanetL August 29, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Sad to see, the constant Bashing, the never coming together of the Black Community. Guess who’s loving it?

    Take one guess?

    Thank you CBC for putting together the JOBS program and actually getting employers to produce “Real Jobs”

    On behalf of those who appreciate your efforts and on behalf of those who constantly “Grumble” but never contribute, have any real suggestions, and who never participate, sounds like some party in DC that we hear using this approach every day and whenever there’s a Microphone available

    God Bless


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