Racial Double Standard: Black Unemployment Under Barack Obama


The unemployment rate among black Americans has hit an all-time high and the liberal media is silent on the issue.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that a record 12,202,000 black Americans are not a part of the labor force.  A Republican president would undoubtedly be facing harsh criticism from the left for such numbers.

According to the BLS, the number of black Americans not participating in the labor force rose by 80,000 from February to March. That means individuals who are unemployed but have also stopped looking for work. Only 61% of the black American population is participating, signaling a major economic crisis that isn’t being addressed.


There are just under 42 million black Americans in the United States. With more than 12 million out of work, that means 29% of black Americans are unemployed. The youngest are the hardest hit, with only 29.1% of blacks between the ages of 16 to 19 participating in the labor force.

The reality is that liberals, in particular black liberals, have been reluctant to criticize the president. Groups like the NAACP have been silent on an issue that should be at the forefront of their concerns. What more pressing an issue can there be for leaders of the black community than a 29% unemployment rate?

It’s a double standard that evoked sharp criticism from former Congressional Black Caucus chairman Emanuel Cleaver in 2012. “With [such high] unemployment, if we had a white president we’d be marching around the White House,” Cleaver said. “The President knows we are going to act in deference to him in a way we wouldn’t to someone white.”

What is clear is that the minority populations of this nation are in severe need of new leadership and a new direction for economic policy. We do not need more taxation to fund welfare expansions, we need fiscal responsibility combined with cogent policies designed to create fertile economic environments. That means less taxation and leaving more money in the private sector.