Donít believe me? Do a Google search on black unemployment and here are the types of hits you get:
All these links and hundreds more talking about the conflation between the African American middle class and public employment. The reason blacks are over represented in public sector jobs? They are the least likely to be discriminatory, and they are the most secure. At least they used to be.
Look, I like Howard Fineman. I could spend the next three thousand words taking him for a ride, I wonít. But let me say this, it didnít take me an hour and a half and bad airline coffee talking to a black republican to come up with the reality behind the massive unemployment gap for blacks. And, Howard Fineman should realize that weíre not idiots. We know what the GOP is doing and we know why they are doing it. We get it. And, while we arenít thrilled as a community with everything the President has done Ė to assume we should be is to assume that white America should be thrilled with everything every white president does. Does that make any sense at all? Weíre not monolithic; we arenít characters in a book youíre reading or actors in a play about race. We know a few things; we live real lives. We know enough to realize that when people talk about trickledown economics that trickle ainít economics.
We know enough to know that the GOP doesnít have our best interests at heart. In a desire to be fair, in a desire to file a story, I guess, Fineman, sitting next to a black republican, seemed to believe he had divined a secret, a hidden gem of information. Let me disabuse him of that notion. I bet Clarence Thomas isnít voting for the President either. Shocking?
This piece first appeared at†Jack and Jill Politics
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