I am learning that the best way for me to make my argument about certain issues is to allow the objective reader to make note of the arguments made by others who have a differing opinion than the one that I have and them provide compelling evidence per my analysis of the strategic impact contained within each.
At present there has been a large quantity of debate over the issue of Black unemployment. The link above and the picture on the matter was lifted from my friend Filled-Negro (Field-Negro) from the "Field-Negro blog" - an AfroSpear affiliate blog.
Staying true to from of a "Black Quasi-Socialist Progressive-Fundamentalist Racism Chaser", my friend Filled-Negro brings up the issue of the gap between the unemployment rates between college educated Black men and White men of all other stripes - with or without degrees. Thus his goal was to contribute to the "Racism Chase".
As I read Mr Negro's argument on the issue I was brought back to a post that I did last week that made use of an interactive unemployment chart from the NY Times in which various demographics could be evaluated.
The following charts appear to support the claims of Filled-Negro in part:
White Male - With and Without College Unemployment Rate 8.1%
Black Male w/ College Unemployment Rate: 7.8%
Filled-Negro is effectively arguing that the Black male with a college degree (7.8%) is not receiving the employment bump that is much greater than what an average White male has, regardless of his educational status (8.1%).
The next chart which depicts the unemployment rate of the degreed White male is the key reference that Filled-Negro is pegging the Black College graduate to:
Why is it that the White male college graduate has an unemployment rate of 4.2% yet the Black male college graduate's rate of 7.8%? For my friend Filled-Negro the task was placed upon the blogging community to EXPLAIN why this is and what other force but RACISM is the cause?
When confronted with this discrepancy we have two main paths to take in the way of a resolution. The most common course of action is to take the "Racism Chasing" approach. This has its roots in the "Boil The Ocean" approaches that are ideologically based. Failing a clear explanation from the "consumers of labor" as to why this gap exists - RACISM is the defacto cause of it.
Thus the Black Establishment (ie: Civil Rights Activists) get reactivated, proclaiming that their job is not done despite the political advancements that have been obtained We need to be resolute with our constant struggle against the White racist companies that see our qualified Black men and allow their racism to deny them employment. Their purpose is thus renewed for yet another generation of "struggle".
The second pathway will not likely be taken because, more than likely the baseline data won't even be brought to the table for consideration.
Let's consider some more data points:
The unemployment rate for the Black High School Graduate: 16.2%
When I ran the numbers from the interactive unemployment map tool - the following line of thinking came to mind. Instead of using the college educated White male (4.2%) as my key point of reference - I made reference to how much of an employ-ability boost was received between the Black High School gradate (16.2%) and the Black college graduate (7.8%).
Furthermore lets run one more set of numbers:
All Black Male Unemployment: 16.3%
These numbers are quite revealing. If all Black males have a 16.3% unemployment rate while Black male college gradates have a 7.8% then this tells me that there is an inadequately small number of Black males with college degrees in proportion to the total and thus their inclusion into the mix of "all Black males" only drops the aggregate unemployment rate by "0.1%". THIS IS THE PROBLEM THAT SHOULD BE FOCUSED UPON!!!! We need more Black college graduates, insuring that those who get derailed along the way stay on the tracks.
Just for completeness:
Black Male w/o High School Diploma Unemployment Rate: 30.9%
LEVERAGING THE INSTITUTIONS THAT WE CONTROL
These charts point to one thing:
The control that is present by the Black Political Establishment over the Public Schools (and social/cultural institutions and influences) need to be more effectively applied to insure that:
- Black Males are made to graduate high school. This cuts their unemployment rate in half
- Black Males are made prepared via these public schools to attend college or some trade school - further improving their employment rates
The point is incontrovertible. Indeed there is the force of "racial preference" in which people prefer to "hire their own kind" whom they feel most comfortable with. At present, however, the population of Black college graduates who might scale their unemployment from 7.8% down to 4.2% pales in comparison to the far larger populations of Black males with high school diplomas or those who don't have one to speak of.
My knowledge of the sensibilities of our community tells me that more people will be interested in going after the "White Racism" in employment than they are inclined to do the more "introspective" course which has far more tangible benefits as it puts our people in a better starting position prior to entering the work force.
Notice the happy face.