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Unresolved problem segment tonight as you may know unemployment for black Americans stand to close -- 14%.
It's half that for white Americans about 7%.
Recently the founder of the black entertainment television network said this.
This country would never tolerate.
Why unemployment at fourteen or 15%.
No one would ever stay in office at fourteen or 15% point in this nation.
But we had that.
Double unemployment for over fifty years.
-- joining us now from Washington is Bob Johnson.
So here's what I don't understand 93%.
Of African Americans voted for pres Obama last November even though black employment is so high.
Well I think first of all African Americans have immense pride in President Obama as a president.
They see it as a major accomplishment in this country and embracing at an African American leader.
And that -- -- positive and hopeful probably more than anything else that his leadership will make their lives better.
All right but it didn't turn out that way and the union for years to improve the black unemployment rate and it.
So what -- you saying that African American community and mass is voting on hope.
They hope is gonna get better but it certainly hasn't gotten back.
Yeah I would say bill that African Americans have been living under there's unemployment problem this gap.
For over fifty years if you look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics why haven't had here I have I have that we're gonna American employment has been double that a wife for over fifty years but let's do -- well.
Let's let me well again it is -- -- -- -- the stars.
In the year 2000 all right when President Bush was elected for the first term.
Black unemployment was below 8%.
Who went up a little bit and then went down again.
To about 8%.
Under President Obama that has risen.
Up from me when the president took office it was about 10%.
And it's risen out of 14%.
So there has been as as well when everybody else you may have been a flow and black unemployment -- -- let me ask you this.
I believe that the primary problem in the African Comerica American community is out of wedlock -- 71%.
And that drives poverty it it it makes educating kids harder because they're not supervise -- they don't have a dad.
In the home many times am I wrong on that.
Well I think you're wrong and saying it's.
Primary driver of African American unemployment I think it's one of the social factors that African Americans -- But to me the principal drivers.
The mayor of corporate America to hire enough African Americans who -- qualified.
They have African Americans to get access to capital to start small businesses which are great engine for creating -- employment.
And also a legacy of a long term institutionalized.
That has plays blacks in a situation where for example bill in the past twenty years.
The wealth gap has increased by 70000 dollars among African Americans and whites according to the Pew Research Center in addition.
African American -- median income is 110 of that a white Americans.
And when you add all of the dislocations in the economy not a not all of them cause any in any way by -- recession but a big part of a global competition.
And and other things enter the US.
Manufacturing a business.
African Americans -- use they've last tired and a parking -- really believe it's a skin color issue.
Rather than a performance issue.
Bill bill I've been convinced -- my -- -- I've been a business all my life I've been quite successful as you -- know.
But I would tell you this there are high and thousands millions of African Americans we have the talent.
The work -- integrity.
In the ingenuity to be successful and jobs are in business.
But you have to admit that any time you have a situation for fifty years dating back to the civil rights movement.
When African Americans were making huge gains in -- law and -- and housing and legislation was enacted.
We spent more money on education than any time an African American history.
There's something here more than just the -- of the gambling by the failure of an individual African American to pursue a job it has to do.
With the fact that this.
This question a race discrimination.
Still I I don't hear LA NN on the skin color and I mean it's I can't say yes or no would all I can tell you this.
You and I iconic contemporaries -- -- we started out in the media about the same time.
-- every corporation that I've worked for in the past 37 years has actively recruited African Americans they want them.
Right qualified African Americans they're looking for that.
Now I don't know whether they have I don't work any other industries I don't know whether there's institutional racism in the oil industry the banking industry I don't know.
So -- -- really can't make any definitive statement about it.
But it's interesting.
Your point of view and that's why want to have you want tonight and thanks -- -- Bob we appreciate it.
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