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Black Unemployment

Younger Wrote: Apr 10, 2013 12:31 PM
Of course, the enemies of the people would say that Thomas Sowell is too old, just as they brought Ronald Reagan's age up--and remember Mr. Reagan's comment to his opponent, in which he said that he would not hold his opponent's youth against him.

A couple of weeks ago, Black Entertainment Television founder Bob Johnson, speaking at The National Press Club, said the nation "would never tolerate white unemployment at 14 and 15 percent." Black unemployment has been double that of white Americans for more than 50 years. The black youth unemployment rate is more than 40 percent nationally. In some cities, unemployment for black working-age males is more than 50 percent. Let's look at this, but first let's look at some history.

From 1900 to 1954, blacks were more active than whites in the labor market. Until about 1960, black male labor force...