What are your suggestions to addressing the high unemployment rate among African Americans?

It is evident that Black Americans are not faring well under the Obama administration when it comes to jobs, training and upoward mobility. Their unemployment rates are triple that of any other racial ethnicity tracked and even in good times, their entry into the productive labor pool has been spotty at best.

Since the best activities to training for jobs available on the local level, and much funding for workforce and disadvantaged business development happens on the local and state level, what can Black Americans do for themselves and in their own community to reduce the high unemployment rates for their own?


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  1. I would like to make a few suggestions for the nonprofit sector and or government to address concerning high unemployment rates among African American males and females.

    Advocate for set limitations for employers concerning hiring ex-offenders and people with less than squeaky clean backgrounds.

    The Second Chance Act should be expanded to include workforce development services for all felons if they are released from prison, financial aid for felons so that they are able to learn a skill or trade to allowing them to become gainfully employed.

    Fine employers that discriminate against qualified employers that refuse to hire applicants based on old criminal offenses.

    Provide seed funding for non-governmental run training programs in entrepreneurship and business education.

    Provide mandatory cultural competency training to educators annually in high school to prevent stereotyping and racism of minority students.

    Draw, Recruit, & Hire, more minority male educators in high schools.

    Make earning a high school education or GED a condition of bond (many times it takes 2 years before a felony charge makes it to trial).

    Get DOJ to investigate law enforcement agencies. How can a state or county with less 30% or less of a minority population have 75%-85% African American incarcerations and charges in any community without intentional targeting and profiling?

    DOJ (Department of Justice) takes away the ability of law enforcement to decide which criminals get which charges and severity of them. As a former director of a rape crisis center in GA, I saw white detectives charge minority males with statutory rape and white males with misdemeanors.

    Enforce mandated reporting in our schools. Often times minority males are being physically and mentally abused by parents, coaches, teahcers, and other relatives, but because they are males and African American it is viewed as a stereotypical norm and not abuse.The rules of the game are different for whites of any sex and girls in general.

    Nikki Kirk
    Greenwood, South Carolina

    Therefore we pledge to bind ourselves to one another, to embrace our lowliest, to keep company with our loneliest, to educate our illiterate, to feed our starving, to clothe our ragged, to do all good things, knowing that we are more than keepers of our brothers and sisters… We are our Brothers and Sisters.

    – Maya Angelou


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