Black Business Hiring can Reduce Black Unemployment
One of the most effective strategies for reducing black unemployment is to support black-owned businesses. This is because two out of every three workers employed in those businesses are black. In fact, black businesses can achieve employment outcomes that economic growth policy cannot.
This post examines hiring in African American-owned businesses as a strategy to reduce the high rate of black unemployment.
What do we know?
In a previous post entitled, For Unemployed Blacks, Growth is not Enough, three observations were made about black unemployment:
1. The national burden of unemployment falls heaviest upon blacks.
2. Economic growth is essential, but by itself, growth is not enough to alleviate high rates of black unemployment.
3. Incremental policy changes such as job-training programs are not likely to make a significant difference.
Currently the unemployment rate is 8.2%…
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Reality Television: The Modern-Day Minstrel Show
Reality television is the new minstrel show. This is the reality I came to Monday night as I emerged myself in the latest television travesty, Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.
Minstrel shows emerged as American entertainment in the early and mid 19th century. This entertainment “art form,” which consisted of music, dance, comedic skits and variety acts, embodied racial hatred. Both Black and White performers would often wear blackface to portray characters who were depicted in an extremely negative light. These “Black” characters became stereotyped caricatures who portrayed Blacks as lazy, buffoonish, submissive, carefree, childlike and eager to please and entertain the Whites they interacted with.
Fast forward 200 years. Enter reality television. All too often the images of Black women on these shows are both negative and over the top. Like minstrel characters, reality television “stars” are depicted as stereotyped caricatures…
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