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It’s kind of sad when you have to go overseas to get people who understand your plight. With black unemployment going through the roof, there is hardly a peep about the disparity coming from elected officials other than the Congressional Black Caucus. The UK Guardian, an influential paper in England, has stepped up to discuss the matter, seeking to get to the heart of the problem.
Employment discrimination affects millions of “us,” as we watch the white people around us get promotions that we deserve or get job opportunities that we are more than qualified to do. Being “too black” is a great way to lose a job, leading many of us to reject one another in order to maintain favor with our bosses. The situation is sad, and let’s hope that one day, we can find solutions, both as a community and as a country. This has got to end.
KultureKritic.com tells more:
The U.K. based publication The Guardian had a novel idea, instead of reporting about black unemployment, the newspaper is going directly to the source, and inviting African Americans to discuss their frustrations as part of a panel.
Unemployment in the African American community is nearly double that of the white community, and The Guardian ‘s panel seeks to peel back the layers and get to the heart of the issue, and is asking for black participants who are willing to share their experiences while looking for work. Among other questions, the publication wants to know how race impacts black people who are unemployed. How do you deal with it? Who supports you in your quest for work?
In addition to the panel, The Guardian published comments from black readers. Here is a portion of the comment by Lorrie Brown, which was poignant: