Black Unemployment Twice the Rate of Whites for Past 60 Years; Racism, Rather Than Other Factors, is Likely Cause, Studies Show

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Black people continue to be unemployed at twice the rate of whites in the United States, and various studies show that racism, rather than other factors, is likely the cause.

The pattern has been consistent statistically for about 60 years, notes D.C.-based reporter and writer Andy Kroll in an eye-opening article published today in TomDispatch.

Yes, for whatever reason, black people tend to have criminal records at disproportionately high rates compared to whites. And employers -- perhaps not always unfairly -- tend to choose job prospects who aren't ex-cons. The sickening truth is, though, as Kroll notes, status as an ex-con doesn't seem to be as important to employers as race.


In one study conducted in Wisconsin in 2001, two white guys and two black guys went looking for jobs. One in each pair took turns pretending to have a criminal record. Employers, it turned out, were far more likely to call back a white ex-con than a black person with no criminal record.

Another study in the early 2000s, Kroll points out, proved that employers were less likely to call back applicants with perceived "black" names.

Kroll says that the latest unemployment stats indicate a history repeating itself:

Nationwide, the unemployment rate for black workers at 16.2 % is almost double the 9.1% rate for the rest of the population. And it's twice the 8% white jobless rate.

Though that stat holds up on average over the decades, occasionally the gap narrows. For example, Kroll writes, racist hiring practices seem to have lessened after a few years of well-publicized laws that established civil rights for blacks. After the gains made in the late 1960s, unemployment in 1970 stood at 5.8% for blacks and 3.3% for whites.

Solutions to the problem aren't clear, unfortunately. Kroll's article contains no easy answers.

For instance, should money be spent on job creation programs for black people that give less preference to whites, Hispanics, Asians or Native Americans?

At the least, it seems like employers need to re-examine their hiring practices -- and perhaps their own hearts.

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Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

You're falling for the same old thing again.    They're trying to keep the people divided and making us hate each other as groups of color.    If we fight each other they'll continue to roll over us and keep us all slaves.     Anyone who is not part of the elite is a slave.   Until everyone wakes up and realizes it, nothing will change.    They look at us as animals and then we bark and snarl at each other.     The same message that was popular in the 1960's still applies...people unite and don't fight your brother.     It's the man that's keeping you down.    Laugh and make fun of it like a sixth grader if you must.    Stop playing the role given to you by the man.    We outnumber them by a million to one.

Mistalee
Mistalee

This is no surprise. Despite all of the rhetoric about racism being over cuz we've got an African-American in the White House, when you look at the various yardsticks, education, unemployment, infant mortality, longevity, average savings, average income, the gap between Blacks and Whites is as large as it was in the 1960s. 

Native Guns
Native Guns

So a White capitalist employer would rather hire a White ex-con over a Black dude without a criminal record? No wonder these filthy fat cats keep getting duped and fined.

I guess that kind of pride has it's price.

This is probably why they're knowingly employing illegal aliens under the table.

Jason
Jason

I'd rather hire a black man and a white man over a brown Mexican man any day.

Fuck the criminal illegals. For every job a criminal illegal vacuums up, 3 Arizonans can't go back to work.

Andrew Zahn
Andrew Zahn

You hate blacks also, don't even try to hide it.

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

Did you know that Black man no longer do the jobs that Mexicans do? And as for Whites, they can't last a day out in the field. They'll quit tomorrow and you're losing business when that happens.

Then a non-Aryan will take your spot and expand his business.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

No man will do the jobs that Mexicans will do at the same rate of pay. There in lies the problem. Mexico treats their citizens Poorly on purpose, creating the vacuum effect along the border. People are running to America to work for .25 on the dollar in order to immediately wire back to Mexico. It's reverse tourism funding and the Mexican government encourages it.

Mistalee
Mistalee

That's only because one Mexican is worth three of you. You know that, and it's eating you alive. 

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

So you're saying that it takes 3 Arizonans to do the work of one illegal?

Man, the education system in this armpit is worse than I thought.

Ronb54
Ronb54

leticia olalia morales of 15501 pasadenaave #8 tustin ca 92780 submitted fake documentsand paid 5000 dollars to obtain a US tourist visa. she also submittedfake employment records to obtain a work visa. she is now applying forcitizenship. her contact at the embassy was man named sandman.

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