MLK Day 2012: the state of black America

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Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day — a day to remember the man who fought peacefully for the full civil rights of black Americans.
Last Saturday evening, Michelle Obama took to the stage at a black awards ceremony to exhort her fellow blacks to re-elect Skippy for another four years.

Moochelle and her fellow One Percenters

The ceremony was the BET Honors, hosted by Black Entertainment Television at the historic Warner Theatre in downtown Washington, D.C. The ceremony was chock full of the Top One Percent of African Americans, including honoree Maya Angelou; entertainers Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Queen Latifah, Spike Lee, Cicely Tyson and Stevie Wonder; and political figures former Bush administration’s secretary of state Colin Powell and current attorney general Eric “I-won’t-prosecute-the-New-Black-Panthers-’cause-they’re-my-people” Holder.
As speaker after speaker at the ceremony praised the Obamas for being the first black family in the White House and told the audience to “vote like your life depends on it,” Moochelle grandiosely proclaimed to black America:

“It is not enough merely to seek greatness for ourselves, we must help others discover greatness within themselves. We need to reach down and reach out, and give back and lift others.”

That led us to wonder just how black Americans have fared under Obama and why they should, once again, obediently trudge to the polling booths to reelect him to four more years. Here’s what we found:
Unemployment of black Americans was 10% under Clinton — whom blacks had called their “first black president” until the half-black Obama came along — and 9% under George W. Bush. But, under the reign of “the first black family in the White House,” although unemployment among the general U.S. population is about 9.1%, black joblessness is a whopping 16.2%. CBS News calls it a Great Depression-era level of joblessness:

[H]istorically, the unemployment rate for African Americans has always been higher than the national average. However, now it’s at Depression-era levels. The most recent figures show African American joblessness at 16.2%. For black males, it’s at 17.5%; And for black teens, it’s nearly 41%.

You may say: “B…but, it’s not Skippy’s fault! It’s the Great Recession, and everyone’s been hit, not just blacks!”
Ahhh, but we say: “If it’s the economy, why are blacks doing so much worse than the general population?
The U.S. Department of Labor chart below shows the unemployment rates from the 4th quarter in 2007 to the second quarter in 2011. The unemployment rates for white men went from 4% to 7.9% (an increase of 3.9%), whereas those for jobless black men rose from 8.4% to 16.1% (an increase of 7.7%). That’s a difference of 3.8% between blacks and whites.

Furthermore, why is black unemployment stagnant when overall U.S. unemployment got better (supposedly) in 2011? CNN Money reports, Jan. 6, 2012:

For the country as a whole, the unemployment rate fell in 2011…. Not so much for African Americans.
As the economy slowly improved last year, the unemployment rate fell for both whites and Latinos. But at the end of the year the black unemployment rate was 15.8%, exactly where it started out 2011, according to the government’s December jobs report released Friday. That’s a sharp contrast to the white unemployment rate, which fell to 7.5% last month….
Black men still have a higher unemployment rate overall, but their’s at least improved — while for black women, it got worse. Rodgers attributes this trend to massive government job cuts during the year. “Minorities and women are heavily concentrated in public sector jobs,” he said….
Overall, blacks accounted for only 9% of the nation’s job gains during the year, even though they make up 12% of the civilian population, according to Department of Labor.

Last August, the Obamas took two separate government planes to Martha’s Vineyard for their 10-day summer vacation, which cost taxpayers thousands $ in additional expenses because Moochelle just couldn’t, wouldn’t wait FOUR hours for Skippy.
While the Obamas were golfing, bicycling, shopping, and eating ice cream in that playground-of-the-rich, on August 18, 2011, thousands of mainly black jobless Americans camped out overnight for a job fair in Atlanta. The next day, dressed in their full business suits, they waited in a seemingly endless line in the baking heat. 20 people were treated for heat exhaustion.

But Moochelle and her fellow black One Percenters want you to “vote like your life depends on it” for four more years of Skippy.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said:

“All I’m saying is simply this, all life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”

Do you think Skippy and Moochelle believe that?
~Eowyn & Steve

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0 responses to “MLK Day 2012: the state of black America

  1. Awesome job finding the stats and info for this post, my bud!
    I can’t tell you how relieved I am to find some other person who thinks as I do about Maya Angelou. 😀

    • Here’s one of her most popular poems, “A Conceit”:
      Give me your hand
      Make room for me
      to lead and follow
      beyond this rage of poetry.
      Let others have
      the privacy of
      touching words
      and love of loss
      of love.
      For me
      Give me your hand.

      It’s cringe-worthy. I wrote better poems than that in 6th grade.

  2. Rev. Peterson’s counsel is applicable to every one and every race. To blame others for our problems is always the easier, narcissistic, but ultimately fruitless path. Sadly, voices like Revs. Peterson and Yuille are voices in the wilderness, to which the majority of blacks turn a deaf ear.

  3. I wish MLK had lived a long life. Can you imagine how much progress could have really been made had he lived to fulfill his dream? Instead we got race-baiters Sharpton, Jackson, etc. doing evil works, and not one thing to raise people up IMO.

  4. I noticed the same thing about how Mama-Obama towers over them all, as if she had just landed in Munchkin Land.

  5. DCG, for that reason you mentioned is why Dr. King was murdered. I believe the democratic party wanted to keep the blacks enslaved, impoverished, of broken families, dependent upon the party/their cruel slavemasters to keep them voting for them. Dr. Martin Luther King would’ve been the voice of black people to do good, that they could achieve the American Dream if they worked hard, but sadly, Dr. King’s voice was brutally silenced. A sad day for blacks as a group, and for America as a country.

  6. Martin was passionate about the cause he believed in and was prepared to die for it, in the same way that Christ died for us. He was a natural leader, he cared about the General Welfare which is the basis for modern Constitutionality. He was like Joan of Arc in that sense, who died on account of lifting the poorest and most deprived in society out of misery, and insisted that they should have a chance at living as a human being not as a slave or like part of a herd of cattle. We have to grasp that sense of commitment and become as passionate as Martin did as did Jesus Christ his saviour and ours.
    What if Jesus had compromised his mission, where would we be? He could have turned the stones into bread after he was baptized early on in his ministry, but he said Thou shall not tempt the Lord thy God.
    We are all suffering today because the quality that Martin had, the passion he had to spend his life, his talent, living for God and his creation and for the mankind, especially those who are being discriminated against.
    Yes there have been improvements but when you look at the figures set forth above, they speak for themselves.
    The First Lady is talking the talk……………………….. her husband put up a book shelf earlier at a community centre and gave one of his talks this time about Drum Majors………………………………..Great!!!!!!!!!!!
    BET is a really raunchy network………………………. Martin may be sitting up in heaven kickin’ it with Qadaffi and groaning……………………………… she on stilts or what????

    • MLK is in heaven with Qadaffi???
      Which heaven is that?

      • The heaven or Abraham’s bosom I hope to be in one day, unless it’s Jesus’s ark, the New Jerusalem. I can’t help myself Dr. Euwyn, Qadaffi touched my heart like noone has touched it for a long time. I think the Green Book is really a good idea and I like the Jambalaya or whatever it was called. not being facetious but it’s getting late in the day and things are not coming to mind very accurately. GT Haywood was somewhat encouraging for the likes of Qadaffi in the Flaming Sword, BUT YOU ARE THE OFFICIAL UMPIRE OF FOTM………………………………….. waiting in trepidation…………….AW

        • Dear Alice,
          I am the owner and administrator of FOTM, but far be it for me to say whether someone is or is not in Heaven. I hope that Moammar Qadaffi, like Judas Iscariot, repented for all his terrible sins, before he took his last breath. Even assuming that he did, that doesn’t mean he automatically went to Heaven. This is where the Catholic concept of Purgatory comes in — a place or state-of-being not of punishment but where repentant sinners fully learn about the sins they’d committed, the learning of which thoroughly cleanses their souls until they become pure and holy to finally see God face to face.
          I look forward to my time in Purgatory, I would be ashamed to see my beloved Jesus unless I’ve become pure and holy.

          • I always wondered about Purgatory, now I see it more clearly. Going back to Qadaffi, the way he made sure that his people had a place indoors to live, before his parents even moved out of their tents, and the Great River that he had made happen, and the system of Government that he organized, and the idea he was pursuing for a United States of Africa or whatever he had in mind, was what inspired me, and I read that the people that he left to languish is jail, the rebels, were asked to sign a paper saying that they wouldn’t go back to their old ways and refused. Sounds like rose tinted lenses? Maybe so…………………….. time is a gentleman ……………………….. meanwhile, back on the battlefield, SOPA here we come!!!!!!

          • Jesus said “He is the way and the life and that no one comes to the Father but through Him”. You come face to face with God by believing Jesus died for your sins so that you may have eternal life. See John 3:16
            As Christians we “were” cleansed of our sins through the shedding of the blood of Jesus on the cross.

  7. Sorry, the quality that Martin embodied has been ridiculed and even the church is capitulating to pressure.

  8. Umpire………….Arbiter…………..the one who calls it out.

  9. Thank you, Dr. Eowyn and Steve, for this brilliant post, the facts, the research and the excellent analysis. I learned a lot from it!


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