Despite our hardships, our union is strong. We do not give up. We do not quit. We don’t allow fear or division to break our spirit.Obama spoke about Americans’ shared anxieties:
So we face big and difficult challenges. And what the American people hope -- what they deserve -- is for all of us, Democrats and Republicans, to work through our differences; to overcome the numbing weight of our politics. For while the people who sent us here have different backgrounds, different stories and different beliefs, the anxieties they face are the same.
Obama addressed the concerns of small business owners, gays and lesbians, women and illegal immigrants, but said nothing about the racial disparities that are inducing anxiety in the African American community.
Obama’s overall message: “I don't quit.”
But Obama should quit taking black folks for granted. So, here’s the State of Black Americans, by the numbers:
23.9% -- Unemployment rate in Michigan (highest in the country)
16.2% -- National unemployment rate
15.6% -- Unemployment rate in Florida (Obama holds a campaign rally town hall meeting at the University of Tampa today)
$34,218 -- Annual median income in 2008
.62 -- Blacks earn 62 cents for every dollar of white income
$142 billion -- Estimated wages and salaries lost from 2008 to 2012
.10 -- Blacks have 10 cents for every dollar of net worth whites have
34.7% -- African American children living in poverty in 2008
24.6% -- Overall black poverty rate
19.1% -- Lacked health insurance in 2008
48% -- Mortgages to African American borrowers were subprime loans
$71 billion and $92 billion -- Estimated loss of housing wealth from subprime loans
35% -- Voter turnout in predominately black precincts in Massachusetts special election.