Grassroots Activists Struggle to Motivate African Americans to Vote

According to a recent article at Trice Edney Wire, grassroots activists are struggling to motivate African Americans to vote.

Some activists say President Obama is simply not doing enough to motivate Blacks to head to the polls.

After widespread excitement and hope within the community at the prospect of an African American president in 2008, many are frustrated and disillusioned by a perceived lack of progress. The unemployment rate in the Black community is sky high.

Black Unemployment On The RISE: Is enough being done?

The Labor Department announced today that unemployment has fallen to 8.5%. This is the fourth month in a row that we’ve seen the unemployment rate drop.

Black unemployment continued to rise however, climbing from 15.5% to 15.8%, and from 39.8% to 42.1% amongst Black teens.

Still, today’s news bodes very well for President Obama’s reelection prospects.

But what about us?

 

President Obama Unveils 180,000 Summer Jobs for Youth

President Obama announced a large-scale youth employment initiative today, unveiling commitments from a slew of major companies and business men to create 180,000 summer jobs for young people.

Dubbed, “Summer Jobs+,” the initiative will focus on serving low-income youth between the ages of 16-24.

Young people will be able to begin their search using an online jobs database within the next two months.

From The Loop 21:

“‘America’s young people face record unemployment, and we need to do everything we can to make sure they’ve got the opportunity to earn the skills and a work ethic that come with a job,’ President Barack Obama said in a statement released Thursday morning.

What Occupiers May Not Recognize

I just recently stumbled upon the tweet by the writer/comedian Elon James White that says, “Oh? The NYPD are treating you badly? Violent for no reason? Weird.” – Black People. At first I couldn’t help but laugh at the truth behind this simple statement and the nonchalant voice of “Black People” welcoming Americans, more specifically Occupiers, to the issues our race has been facing for decades. I found this tweet especially interesting because of all the talk I’ve heard of Occupy Wall Street – and that is a lot – I’ve never heard this argument made.