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As American politics gets more and more divisive at the upper levels, it’s becoming increasingly clear that if anything is to get done in this country, it needs to happen outside of logjammed Washington, D.C. As you can tell from last week’s same-sex marriage ruling in New York, sometimes state legislatures can have far more impact than “big time” senators and congresspeople. Similarly, mayors of towns big and small can often have drastic impacts on their locales. That’s why Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, says in a new commentary that he’s optimistic about the impact Black mayors can have on Black America’s unemployment problem.
The Black jobless rate is at a Depression-era level of 16.2 percent overall—17.5 percent for Black males. The national unemployment rate is 9.1 percent.
In November 2010 there were more than 500 African-American mayors representing cities across the United States. In a 2001 Black Enterprise survey, readers voted for the top 10 cities for African-Americans—seven out of those 10 had black mayors.
Black mayors can ostensibly have a real effect on how welcoming African-Americans perceive it to be. But Morial says they can have a notable effect on policy, too.
Touting the qualities of two newly elected Black mayors, Alvin Brown of Jacksonville, Florida, and Michael Hancock of Denver, Morial says both have told him jobs are their No. 1 priority in the months and years ahead. (Brown will be sworn into office today and Hancock on July 11.) The Black unemployment problem remains the cause of heartache and headaches for millions of African-Americans. Perhaps what is needed is more Blacks in high places attacking the problem.
How can Black mayors, who were elected by the monolithic Black vote of which 88 percent believe the economy is better under Mein Obama, be expected to curb Black unemployment? Cities like Detroit, Baltimore, Memphis and Birmingham continue to lose Fortune 500 companies and large businesses because the primarily Black population is incapable of supplying qualified workers.
The fact that 12 years later, five Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Birmingham have fled the city shows you just one of the many incalculable costs of Black-Run America (BRA). The majority of crime (both to person and to property) are courtesy of a Black population that receives substantial funding from the US taxpayer. The majority of the crime in all of Alabama is attributable to only 29 percent of the total state population.
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