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Civil Rights Leaders Demand Black Jobs

From the Politico:

Civil rights leaders push W.H. on jobs

By: Nia-Malika Henderson and Kendra Marr
February 10, 2010

Civil rights leaders called on President Barack Obama Wednesday to address the jobless rate in the hardest-hit areas of the nation, particularly in black communities, where the unemployment rate is well above the national average.

In a one-hour meeting in the Oval Office, Marc Morial of the National Urban League, the Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network and Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP met with Obama as the administration and Congress try to craft a jobs agenda to address high unemployment.

Sharpton called the meeting, which focused largely on the jobs bill, "very open and candid" and said Obama "seemed very much in tune and understanding how hard it is on the ground for blacks and whites.”

We’re not looking for a race-based program. We’re looking to make sure everyone is involved,” he said, adding that civil rights leaders should be included in policy discussions. “We don’t expect him to be the black president. We expect him to be the American president of everyone including blacks.” …

[T]he leaders discussed trying to get a jobs bill through Congress.

“It needs to be passed. It needs to get through the Senate. It’s not enough for the Republicans in the Senate to say ‘no, no, no’ when the people are suffering, suffering, suffering. That’s our focus right now," Jealous said. “It’s all needed. It’s all critical. We need twice as much of everything in that bill.”

Black leaders and academics have been increasingly more critical about Obama’s approach to job creation…

The national unemployment rate is 9.7 percent, down from 10 percent in December, but trending upward in black communities. For black workers, for instance, the unemployment rate is 16.5 percent, a slight uptick from December. For Hispanics, the rate is 12.6 percent, down slightly from December.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus urged Obama to address the problem by prioritizing job training, federally funded infrastructure and small-business aid in his jobs package.

"This is a deplorable situation. The facts speak for themselves, and we have to make sure the unemployment rate is addressed throughout the country — and to address the gap," Barbara Lee, chairman of the CBC, said in an interview. "We are saying, for communities of color, we have to look at job training so the gap is closed and look at ways to address systemic unemployment."

In December, as Obama crafted the beginnings of his jobs agenda, the administration stressed that what is good for Americans would be good for all ethnic groups, yet the CBC, in a letter, began calling on Obama to pay particular attention to the job situation in African-American and Hispanic communities.

The CBC has been working in tandem with the Urban League and the NAACP to craft an approach to addressing joblessness in black and urban communities.

But the president has said he shouldn’t be expected to create policies exclusively for the African-American community, where his approval ratings are 96 percent, according to the most recent poll

The White House has insisted that the $787 billion stimulus package created green jobs, kept teachers in the classroom and cops on the beat and expanded loans for college and opportunities for job training — efforts that benefit blacks and Hispanics. According to the White House, $12.6 billion in funding went to minority-owned businesses, and Obama’s proposed budget includes $40 million for transitional job training.

Congress is now considering a jobs bill, which on the House side includes provisions offered by the CBC that address unemployment in the areas that have been hardest hit by the economic decline. Lee, who met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), has urged the Senate to adopt a similar approach.

Lee said she was encouraged by Wednesday’s meeting and that, in the coming weeks, CBC members will very likely meet with Obama about jobs.

But you see, as the Reverend Sharpton said, this has nothing to do with any race-based programs. No way.

By the way, wouldn’t there be a lot more money for jobs programs if Mr. Sharpton would pay all the taxes and fines he owes from his National Action Network scam?

Also, by the way, aren’t members of the Congressional Black Caucus – Caucasians?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 11th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Civil Rights Leaders Demand Black Jobs”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    What, exactly, is a ‘black job’?

    • proreason says:

      A “black job”: Based on the Moron’s and Reverand Al’s jobs: A black job is one with a big income in return for telling audacious lies for a couple of hours a day while wearing a nice suit before going to a party that somebody else has paid for.

    • Right of the People says:


      All of those jobs are taken already, Oblah-blah, Wright, Sharpton & Jackson have them sown up. Maybe they’re talking about intern positions.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Holy Mackerel … that’s the job I’m qualified for!

      “Honey, did you know you actually married a black man?”


  2. Reality Bytes says:

    The NAACP rep is “Ben Jealous”?! Man is he! He’s so Jealous he’s made it a whole damn industry!!

  3. canary says:

    “urged Obama to address the problem by prioritizing job training, federally funded infrastructure and small-business aid in his jobs package.”

    Obama all ready told them on his state of union show, people with high school educations won’t make it.
    Focus should be on math & science to get ahead

    It’s winter. Infrastructure jobs to build new public housing & roads can’t be done.
    They could make windmills blow warm air.

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    “Civil Rights Leaders Demand Black Jobs”

    The racists!!!

    How ’bout “Civil Rights Leaders Demand Jobs”

    Might wanna soften “Demand”, too. I demanded a job once and they showed me the door. Just sayin’.

  5. DANEgerus says:

    What election did Al Sharpton win again to become King of the Reparations caucus?

  6. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    It figures. Al Sharpton would be somewhere in the midst of all this. So where was Jesse Jackson during the photo op? Maybe he couldn’t make it because his flight was grounded due to the ‘white out’ of snow at the airport.

  7. Chuckk says:

    Why does anyone pay a bit of attention to these clowns?

  8. Mithrandir says:

    Naw…government run health care would NEVER degrade into a racial political game. No special interest groups would gerry-rid the organ transplants, or funding for specific racial or gender specific diseases. Or moving around doctors nurses and hospitals in ‘more needed’ areas.

    No one would peek into your medical records if you ran for office.

    None of that stuff happens now, and certainly it would never ever happen in such a sterile, holy, and respectful business like medical politics. Just look at these bozos in this article now? Why, they would not have anything to say, once the gov’t took control of medicine would they?

  9. Confucius says:

    It’s my understanding that the Congressional Black Caucus is exclusively black.

    When Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN and white) applied to join the CBC, he was denied. In turn, Representative William Lacy Clay, Jr. (D-MO and black) issued this statement:

    “Quite simply, Rep. Cohen will have to accept what the rest of the country will have to accept – there has been an unofficial Congressional White Caucus for over 200 years, and now it’s our turn to say who can join ‘the club.’ He does not, and cannot, meet the membership criteria, unless he can change his skin color. Primarily, we are concerned with the needs and concerns of the black population, and we will not allow white America to infringe on those objectives.”

  10. Laree says:

    Bill O’Reilly “Are You A Socialist”

    Under the Pink. Green Is The New Pink. Who is behind “Climate Change Agenda”


    • proreason says:

      O’Reilly is no longer just a pompous blowhard.

      Now he has become a pompous blowhard fool.

      Did you see him push Laura Ingram last night to say Obamy is a socialist. She wisely demured. What good would that do.

      But I wish she had answered instead more along the lines of “Well of course Obama has said he is not a Socialist, and people have the right to call themselves whatever they choose. But when I look at the nationalization of the auto industry, the banking industry, the student loan industry, the attempt to nationalize the health care industries, the quadrupling of the deficit, the massive re-distributionist policies, and the growth of the public sector…..it’s pretty obvious his policies are Socialist. And then when I compare his agenda with the 49 point Communist agenda, and there is only one point where they differ, you really have to wonder whether Socialist is a stong enough word for his policies.”

    • jobeth says:

      O’Reilly is a has been and I think he is beginning to realize it.

      He’s hanging on to Beck’s shirt tails. It’s pathetic.

      He’s rude. Cuts people off before they can get more than three words out…”I get it, I get it”. Well, maybe, just maybe…the viewers may have wanted to hear them out.

      When he said he saw no evidence of Obalmy being a socialist i nearly fell our of my chair.

      Not only is he deaf to the viewers comments to gain some interviewing manners, but he can’t see the obvious either.

      He’s a has been. Go out now, O’Reilly..while you still think you are on top. Your ego and ‘watching out for the folks” is getting annoying.

      To borrow an old phrase…”You’re not ‘all that'”

      Every time he comes on tv, I hear “Here he comes to save the day!” ringing in my brain!

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