by Erik Rush
There’s an anecdote I’ve shared previously: Shortly after Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, quite a few people asked me what I thought he would do for black Americans now that he’d attained the office of president of the United States.
To which I invariably answered: “Probably about as much as he did for blacks in Chicago – not a damned thing.”
In November of 2008, the black unemployment rate was 11.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – but blacks, along with unwitting Americans at large, were still riding the high of having elected our first black president. Within a year and a half, however, black unemployment rose to 16.5 percent and hasn’t moved too far in either direction since.
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