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In a post on his Facebook page, Rep. Allen West wrote:
As a Member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the House Small Business Committee, I am seriously concerned with the 13 percent unemployment number for Black Americans. The failed economic policies of President Obama are destroying the black community and lessening the chances for economic freedom while promoting economic dependence. Perhaps this is what the NAACP was afraid to hear me address.
West’s statement comes on the heels of the Labor Department’s stagnant jobs report. The nation’s jobless rate fell to 8.1 percent in April, but the economy added only 115,000 jobs last month. The report also shows that the unemployment rate among African Americans is well above the norm,as it stands at a staggering 13%.
West mentioned the NAACP because the group unceremoniously uninvited him from delivering the keynote speech at a fundraiser because he accused many Congressional Democrats of being communists.