Black Men & Unemployment

Monday, April 05, 2010

City Limits investigations editor Jarrett Murphy and David Jones, president and CEO of the Community Service Society of New York, discuss the high rate of joblessness among black males in America.

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David Jones and Jarrett Murphy

Comments [31]

Ebun Okubanjo from fort greene

wow this is a wnyc post? I thought Brian Lehrer show folks were generally more civil oy!

Apr. 06 2010 02:49 PM
john from office

Truth, look at the culture, the media, the clothes, the music, yoiu hurt yourselves.
Mr, Cohen is not going to hire you.

Apr. 05 2010 12:31 PM
the truth from Betty

#16 - NU - agreed, I am so tired of the bash the Black Man syndrome, I mean seriously.

Apr. 05 2010 11:57 AM
the truth from Betty

#15 John - I most certainly am, why?

Apr. 05 2010 11:54 AM
the truth from Betty

#21 MIKE - HUH? sorry to disappoint you but Black women are not cruising the gym for men, and HELLOW to you and JOHN from the gutter: The girls that are eating up the buffed "Black Man from the gym" are WHITE!

Apr. 05 2010 11:53 AM
the truth from Betty

#23 & #24 - thank you Lisa, this "phenom" affects Black and white alike.

Apr. 05 2010 11:50 AM
the truth from Betty

JOHN FROM THE OFFICE - I suspect that office is located in Bellevue!

Apr. 05 2010 11:47 AM
the truth from Betty

#18 & #19 VOTER - Agreed

#22 HJS - Spot on!

Apr. 05 2010 11:46 AM
lisa from Union Square

We forget that many white collar jobs in the City are also taken by well educated immigrants from Europe, Asia, and Canada. Why do we concentrate on low wage jobs only?

Many well educated Americans (White and Black) are affected by this phenomenon. It is my understanding that work visas are granted by certifying that no one else in the US can do this person’s job. Can this be possible?

Apr. 05 2010 11:41 AM
hjs from 11211

17] Nu,
they just don't hate them, they FEAR them.

Apr. 05 2010 11:38 AM

>>>john from office April 05, 2010 - 11:21AM

Mike you have it right on the head, thank you.<<

They took down my comment. I am sorry but that is what I see.

I see black guys getting girls rather easily. A lot of them go to the public gyms in NY and get there exercise in. I don't believe most of them have jobs. And one of the reasons why we work and acquire wealth and material things because they make us more suitable mates.

Black guys don't have to do this. As a result they don't have the motivation to find work.

Apr. 05 2010 11:33 AM
john from office

Sheldon, do you live in NYC. Look around. My dad came here with a 8th grade education, got work and succeeded. What is the excuse. It is cultural.

Apr. 05 2010 11:31 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

#8 Truth
At this point, all any media in the United States has is tired old tropes, stereotypes if you will, mangled together with talking point letting them prattle on.
Having a black president hasn’t changed anything the same way September 11 didn’t change a thing in this country. But repeating it again and again sure does fill air time.
#10 NU
I don’t think it’s rebellion, it’s the same institutionalized racism that has always existed. I’m a black man with two professional degrees and a very Western European sounding name and degrees from non-HBCU schools.

Apr. 05 2010 11:30 AM

there are 100s of hispanic men on our local work corner waiting to get picked up for construction jobs...

2 black guys -- they AlWAYS get picked up!

great branding on their parts!

Apr. 05 2010 11:29 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

John, you're not making sense as usual. I can't believe that you actually work in an office. Maybe you just live there.

It should be more about unskilled/uneducated men not being employed as opposed to just "black men"

Apr. 05 2010 11:28 AM
Nu from Staten Island

By the way: Look at the racist and stereotypical comments by many of the people posting here-- That's the kind of discrimination black men face in the workforce: You have dumb racists who are in the position to refuse employment to black men they hate.

Apr. 05 2010 11:27 AM
john from office

Truth are you at work?

Apr. 05 2010 11:26 AM
john from office

Brian, compare native born blacks to foreign born, they work and have a higher emplyment record.

Apr. 05 2010 11:22 AM
Tyler from Brooklyn

Please comment as to whether illegal immigration has had a long-term impact on jobs for low income Americans, whether African-American or Latino in industries such as concrete and construction. Also, it seems as though a lot of federal/state money typically goes directly to wealthy contractors who hire illegal immigrants.

Apr. 05 2010 11:21 AM
john from office

Mike you have it right on the head, thank you.

Apr. 05 2010 11:21 AM
john from office

Obama was raised by his white grand parents, if not for that he would be on the corner, with his pants hanging down. Chilling

Apr. 05 2010 11:20 AM
Nu from Staten Island

I'm a black man with a college degree and on the way to getting a masters. I'm also a published writer and co-author of a high school text book. I'm highly skilled in web design, video production, etc., etc.

Yet, when I apply for jobs (most companies insist you do it through the Internet), my "black sounding" last name prevents me from even getting an interview.

This is how white employers rebel against the election of a black president-- it's a silent white backlash that always hits black men the hardest.

Apr. 05 2010 11:20 AM
Dedric from Queens

I have two cousins in Atlanta who are college educated and neither could find work in Atlanta so both have reenlisted into the military. One is awaiting deployment to Afghanstan(sp) and the other in currently deployed in Kuwait. The military seems to be oneof the few legit employoment opportunities for black men at the moment.

Apr. 05 2010 11:19 AM
the truth from Betty

He is a white President also but what does having a Black President have to do with the white business owner hiring the qualified Black man?

Brian stop perpetuating this Black President rhetoric, he is forced to identify with the Black race because of pressure from both sides making statments like that.

Apr. 05 2010 11:17 AM
john from office

Why are there lines of central Americans asking for work on street corners all over america, because of a work ethic. There are no such lines in Hempstead and Harlem.

Apr. 05 2010 11:17 AM

taking the train today out of crown heights I saw so many more black woman in relation to men and I thought of how women make 0.70 on the dollar and much lower that must be for Af.Am women.
Not only has the commute depleted in number, but those numbers who do remain from Flatbush/Crown Heights (2,3) are predominantly women!

Apr. 05 2010 11:17 AM
the truth from Betty

What is the point of this discussion? There are males of other minorities no one ever talks about? Hello Hispanics?

Apr. 05 2010 11:15 AM
john from office

I employ and have employed serveal African American womem. They tend to be the care takers of the children and have to work. Their boyfriends live off of them, it is sad. They get the new clothes and sneakers, off of the backs of their women.

It is not that they cannot work, they don't have to. Why do Africans from africa find work, male and female, because theyu have a work ethic. No one will admit it is cultural.

Apr. 05 2010 11:14 AM

There is generally a strong correlation between education and levels of unemployment. My question, what types of of jobs do we need to alleviate the black unemployment rate? And, what do we do long-term about unemployment? The reality is that there are a lot of smart people around the world who are willing to work for a lower wage rate (due to the exchange rate eventually that labor will go up in price)

Apr. 05 2010 10:56 AM
hey akena

suspect u r a provocateur?

Apr. 05 2010 09:54 AM
akena in NY

What's the point of talking? We all know that whites target blacks from middle school on by giving them arrest records and steering them to incarceration so that other whites can get jobs. The arrest records also leads to joblessness so that competition for jobs is eliminated and the path is clear for whites. Meanwhile joblessness slow black social mobility. Whites like that because there's always a need to feel superior to someone else. The other problem is that college miseducated blacks only think of working for a corporation. There's a problem when education does not make a person think that they should be educating themselves to work and do for themselves.

Apr. 05 2010 08:59 AM

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