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Unemployment Drops Mostly Because People Stop Looking: The New Normal in the Age of Black Political Empowerment

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A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Black unemployment at twice the levels of white unemployment is the old old normal. Black politicians not bothering to fight for reductions in black unemployment has now become the old normal. And the new normal, in this the age of black political empowerment, is tiny drops in unemployment driven in substantial part by large numbers of folks giving up the job search. Welcome to the new normal in unemployment.

Unemployment Drops Mostly Because People Stop Looking: The New Normal in the Age of Black Political Empowerment

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

"...black unemployment has never been less than double white unemployment..."

Normal things are the ones we don't think or talk about much, not because they are unimportant, but because they are, well, normal.

It's important, though, for us to interrogate some of these old normals, and to question why some new things are also passing into the never-mentioned land of the normal as well.

Take black unemployment. For as long as the stats have been kept, since well before the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act and the election of thousands of black faces to offices high and low across the country, black unemployment has never been less than double white unemployment. As recently as the 1970s and 1980s black politicians used to inveigh about fighting for full employment and something they used to call “a Marshall Plan for the cities” to turn it around. But now, with the numbers and supposed influence of black politicians at an all time high, addressing black unemployment isn't just off the table, it's somewhere out of the building. Both catastrophic black unemployment and the silence of the black misleadership class on the issue have been normal for a good while now.

"...Incremental reductions in unemployment, now more than ever before, seem to be driven by people giving up the job search as hopeless..."

Whenever the general unemployment rate drops a tenth or two of a percent nowadays, the talking heads at MSNBC and other outfits whose job is cheerleading for this administration fall over themselves to praise this president and his administration for their wise and far-seeing economic leadership. That's normal as well. But underneath those small reductions in unemployment is something ugly, something that's becoming another new normal.

Incremental reductions in unemployment, now more than ever before, seem to be driven by people giving up the job search as hopeless, people dropping out of the labor market to do whatever it is poor people do when they can't find work on the books. This has routinely become a large part of current reductions in unemployment, a new and disturbing normal in this, the supposed age of black political empowerment. If this were true under a white Republican, our black political leaders would be up in arms, at least long enough to mobilize us to vote one of their own into office. But in this, the age of the first black president, at what we are told is the pinnacle of black political power, is a new age, and there is a new normal.

For Black Agenda Report, I'm Bruce Dixon. Find us on the web at www.blackagendareport.com.

Bruce A. Dixon is managing editor at Black Agenda Report, and a member of the state committee of the GA Green Party. He lives and works in Marietta GA and can be reached via this site's contact page, or at bruce.dixon(at)blackagendareport.com.

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Most niggers don't want to

Most niggers don't want to work anyway! If they do work, most of the job they do is substandard and a white has to unfuck up what the nigger did. Niggers are completely worthless!

The way the US government

The way the US government "solves" the unemployment problem is to lie about unemployment.

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I know many unemployed

I know many unemployed African Americans and not one of them has stopped looking for work myself included.  It's offensive that so many, especially in the media, continue to repeat this ignorant statement.  Most of the numbers that are used when discussing unemployment use figures related to receiving an unemployment check while those people who do not receive unemployment checks are said to have quit looking for a job. That is not true.  SMDH!

lazy

Just want to make a quick comment... I was never racist until I moved down south and realized how lazy blacks really are.. but they are honestly ruining this country. When I lost my job I went through Hell finding another. Niggers just get u employment and are happy being lazy and not working so they can think of ways to rip the working man off or scam them.

BLACKS NEED TO GET THERE PRIORITIES STRAIGHT IF THEY WANT RESPECT.. MOST OF YOU MAKE ME SICK... NO ONE OWES YOU ANYTHING

Never in my life did I think I'd be racist until I was surrounded by Many blacks and realized how lazy and how much they lie!!!

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