I’m off for the next few days. Before I go, I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
Yes, times are tough, particularly for young black men and women. The Washington Post reports:
Joblessness for 16-to-24-year-old black men has reached Great Depression proportions, 34.5 percent in October, more than three times the rate for the general U.S. population.
Young black women have an unemployment rate of 26.5 percent, while the rate for all 16-to-24-year-old women is 15.4 percent.
If you’re “young, gifted and black,” you’re still the last hired and the first fired:
For young blacks, race statistically appears to be a bigger factor in their unemployment than age, income or even education. Lower-income white teens were more likely to find work than upper-income black teens. Even blacks who graduate from college suffer from joblessness at twice the rate of their white peers.
For the moment, be thankful for what you got. And don’t let the turkey get you down.
Since I can’t “pass the peas,” I want to share one of my favorite songs, “Sinner’s Prayer.”