"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Friday, January 4, 2013

What's The Matter With Detroit?

Remember a few years ago when the book What's the Matter With Kansas? got some splash by offering the thesis that rural whites who are relatively less affluent vote against their own economic self-interest by voting Republican?   I wonder why there isn't a similar question being asked about African-Americans under Obama:

Government unemployment numbers for December showed that while the general unemployment rate remained flat at 7.8 percent, unemployment for... African-Americans rose despite an economy that created 155,000 jobs.

Unemployment... forAfrican-Americans rose sharply to 14.0 percent from 13.2 percent in November.

Unemployment among African Americans has remained quite high throughout the sluggish economic recovery of the past several years, despite the steady decline in overall unemployment in the economy generally.

The number of employed African Americans actually fell in December – a month that typically sees a spike in job creation as employers add temporary positions to handle the holiday shopping season.

The number of employed African Americans fell from nearly 16 million to 15.8 million in December.

By contrast, the unemployment rate for Whites remained nearly a full point below the national average at 6.9 percent in December.

But I guess the fact that the unemployment rate for African-Americans is double the rate for whites must be George Bush's fault.  

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