Has America Digressed Since 1963?

In 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech, that inspired people to take action to make our nation great.Martin Luther King, Jr. photo 1 However, statistics have shown that America has digressed since 1963.

During 1963 the national unemployment rate was 5.7% and 10.8% for African Americans. In 2013 the national unemployment rate is 7.4% and 12.6% for African Americans.

Some claim that lingering racism is to blame for the lack of jobs and wealth in the African American community. The director of the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Algernon Austin, stated, “There continues to be a racial bias in the labor market. Some of it is overt in consciousnesses, some is not.”

In order to get the economy back to it’s former glory we need to bring in jobs, the infrastructure must be repaired, and we must close the wealth gap between whites and blacks. A total of 9 million jobs will be needed to reach the employment levels we had before The Great Depression.

Infrastructure is defined buildings, roads, or the power grid that is used to make and develop a society. It is necessary to fix our infrastructure so we may create  jobs for people who need work.

Algernon Austin claims, “Repairing our nation’s crumbling infrastructure is one way to get all Americans back to work. Infrastructure projects create construction, transportation, and a wide range of supporting jobs.” By getting more jobs for African Americans and other races we will begin to close the wealth gap that keeps us separated.

The wealth gap between whites and blacks has tripled since 1984. Although some may blame this gap on lack of savings and financial planning, others will argue that things such as Jim Crow laws and the few available resources. Derrick Hamilton, the associate professor of economics and policy at The New School, states, “Blacks are less involved in entrepreneurship because of assets.”

17 Responses to Has America Digressed Since 1963?

  1. Well clearly this shows that things haven’t got better for us as a people so some of us need to stop acting as though they have.

    I’m sure where unemployment stats are concerned that it is not the only area that highlights the disparity between Blacks & whites in American society so we definitely need to start our own research institutions to catalogue accurate figures extensively.

    As far as entrepreneurship is concerned I’m not sure if the associate professor Derrick Hamilton specifies the issue with regard to the Black community as there are many young brothers and sisters who have small businesses across America, and there’s a burgeoning number of Black professionals who are freelancers in many fields.

    Somtheing the assistant professor may need to look deeper into.

    • Yes, you are right Traveller.

      But what disturbs me the most is the fact that we have this huge increase in black billionaires/millionaires with the wealth that should give them the power to create jobs, that sustain and give equal employment opportunities to black americans and they have every excuse not to.

      Whites use their wealth to create jobs, and opportunities to sustain the nation and provide jobs which increase our tax base, while blacks do nothing but LEAVE US AT THE MERCY OF WHITE AMERICA FOR OUR SUSTENANCE – CREATE NO JOBS, NO SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF OPPORTUNITES THAT WILL UPLIFT THE MASSES.

      They choose to only help their fellow entertainers, and put the money up their noses, and marry whites/hispanics and transfer the wealth to them, and then they cant figure out why black american cant afford to buy a CD!

      And they dont understand that when the black masses lose wealth, they will go down with them.

      How can oprah look herself in the eye, knowing that she built schools all over africa for africans, while little american black girls like herself her dieing in chicago and going uneducated.

      How wonderful it would be if she built them a private school so they wouldn’t have to walk through war zones and risk their lives and give jobs to all those unemployed american black teachers.

      Dr. King is rolling over in his grave to know that he gave his life so that these kind of blacks could attain wealth and then not use it to uplift the masses.

      • @ Darlene

        If one has lived under the yoke of social despondency and despair for most of their young life and then thereafter acquire a millionaire status through honing their God-given talents it would be difficult, particularly at a relatively young age, to harbour a wealth orientated mind-set that has the potential to create jobs and/or opportunities for those that they may have left behind in the hood.

        While this should not be used an excuse by those of us who are in the position to contribute positively to the community the fact remains that there are also a lot of factors which prevent some of our brothers and sisters in the sports & entertainment industry.
        However, a lot of the pressure that they may receive from executives within those industries are to some degree self imposed as no one should allow for their integrity to be compromised when it comes to giving back to a community who are genuinely in need.

        My only hope is that our people break our mental shackles and purposely move forward without fear of reprisals as to do so would leave legacies for future our generations to love, admire and draw strength from so they can secure substantial and meaningful relationships in all fields of endeavour.

        • CORRECTION: which prevent some of our brothers and sisters in the sports & entertainment industry from giving back to our community.

          • I’m not talking about young entertainers under the age of 30. They are too young to be socially active or to take a leadership role. They are just finding their way in the world, and they have their birth families and their women and children to take care of for life. Just taking care of their own will take millions.

            I’m talking about all these old dead head millionaires who sit around and point fingers at the baby millionaires, asking a boy to do a mans job, while doing little to nothing concrete themselves, and only have lip service to give. I’m talking about people like:

            Sidney Poitier who ruined the beautiful Diahann Carrol’s life, and then spent his life and wealth taking care of his white wife.

            Harry Belafonte does nothing but give lip service, while loving and leaving his legacy to the white wife

            James Brown is dead, but his idiotic treatment of his own children at the end was ridiculous. He left his wealth in the hands of white people ran charities to do with as they wish.

            Gary Coleman left his legacy to a white girl who likely murdered him. Pathetic.

            Same thing with Sherman Helmsley

            Oprah supposedly has enough wealth to bequeath reparations to every black american and still be rich

            The fool Michael Jordan marrying a white cuban! Cubans are known to be more rascist than the american kkk.

            On and On. All those millions and billions being transferred back into the white community.

            White men will love and spend time with a black woman for years, but when it is time to pass his wealth on, he makes sure it stays in his community.

            If they had put a tenth of those millions in my hands, I would have created a model corporation to compete with the likes of microsoft, walmart, etc.

            We have so many black tech workers, financial experts, teachers, managers and experts in every field WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED OR UNDER-EMPLOYED RIGHT NOW! Proven People who have worked in corporate america from the bottom to the top wishing for a decent opportunity to come there way. So they could tell the big lie, that we are not educated or have the work ethic to help them run corporations but WE KNOW IT IS ALL A LIE.

            We have plenty of retired people who would gladly work for them as consultants to establish businesses. Plenty with heads full of knowledge that is being wasted.

          • I agree Darlene but I included the older ones when I used the word “thereafter”.

            You are definitely right about some of our brothers leaving their money to white women, we have to learn how to incorporate our businesses and feed our money & wealth into trust funds that can be of benefit to community projects and enterprise, i.e. philanthrophy.

            Doing things in this way would take care of our interests long after we’ve passed from the scene.

    • Yes, you are right Traveller.

      But what disturbs me the most is the fact that we have this huge increase in black billionaires/millionaires with the wealth that should give them the power to create jobs, that sustain and give equal employment opportunities to black americans and they have every excuse not to.

      Whites use their wealth to create jobs, and opportunities to sustain the nation and provide jobs which increase our tax base, while blacks do nothing but LEAVE US AT THE MERCY OF WHITE AMERICA FOR OUR SUSTENANCE – CREATE NO JOBS, NO SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF OPPORTUNITES THAT WILL UPLIFT THE MASSES.

      They choose to only help their fellow entertainers, and put the money up their noses, and marry whites/hispanics and transfer the wealth to them, and then they cant figure out why black american cant afford to buy a CD!

      And they dont understand that when the black masses lose wealth, they will go down with them.

      How can oprah look herself in the eye, knowing that she built schools all over africa for africans, while little american black girls like herself her dieing in chicago and going uneducated.

      How wonderful it would be if she built them a private school so they wouldn’t have to walk through war zones and risk their lives and give jobs to all those unemployed american black teachers.

      Dr. King is rolling over in his grave to know that he gave his life so that these kind of blacks could attain wealth and then not use it to uplift the masses.

  2. Many thirty years ago there was an article in the New York Times which stated that the greatest number of Black Millionaires on the planet earth were in Atlanta, Georgia…at the time, I was an
    Investment Banker and my office was at 200 Park Ave, NYC.

    I almost fell out of my chair…upon research I found out that many, many years ago Blacks in Atlanta had great difficulty getting loans from the White banks; when this problem was brought to
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. he said, “Let’s open our own Black Banks.” And they did!

    Many very rich Africans who wanted to business in America used those Black Banks in Atlanta. Even to this very day the greatest number of Black Millionaires on the planet earth are right here in my home town of Atlanta, Georgia, thanks to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Read My new essay :

    MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. 50 YEARS LATER

    http://voices.yahoo.com/martin-luther-king-jr-50-years-later-12263634.html

  3. Nothing has nor will change EVER until we as a people stop being so passive about anything we do we ACCEPT anything and don’t question nor research sh_t. We seem 2 be on some “yessa massa” type sh_t.
    When it comes 2 the judicial system, we don’t ask questions, all we do is march and sing, the Great Malcolm X once stated “WE HAVE 2 STOP SINGING and START SWINGING”…and not at one another.

    Nothing has changed nor will EVER change bcuz we have no respect 4 one another as a race of kings and queens, Martin,Malcolm, Rosa,Marcus, Mandela,Adam Clayton Powell,The Black Panther Party etc. were not afraid as we are now. Back in the 50′s 60′s we fought and things were alot harder back then, now have as a whole acquired some riches but we spend it on trick azz b_tches, rims, and please pull your pants up please have some respect wanna be thugs,u would jack me 4 my sh_t in a heart beat but scared of these racist punKKK a*s K.K.Krackuz and stop buying things that make the white man’s pockets “swell up”.

    Koreans own all of the Black hair care market, u would think some African Americans would some how tap n2 this market since we are spending major dollars 4 our wigs 2 look good 4 the club then Chuuuuuch on Sunday morning then right back at the club Wed with Rev.Getcha Dollaz!!

    Nothing will change bcuz we as a whole loooooove calling each other the N word then have the nerve 2 get mad at these racist K.K.Krackuz 4 calling us that same word. I hate that word period regardless whomever is stupid enough 2 calls me that, they will lay on their back trust me. Did Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, John Lewis,Marcus Garvey, Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale,etc. do all this fighing just 2 have us call 1 another N!g, h**l I can’t even spell it.

    We have become so numb 2 the pain of K.K.Kontrolled racism that we use drugs and alcohol 2 ease the pain of oppression,we can blame these racist punKKK azz K.K.Krackuz 4 alot of this but has the blame game really worked? We know what we are up against yet we play along like an abused spouse who is constantly abused yet loves the one abusing him or her .

    Has there been some progress ….yes but the progress is crumbs related 2 what we really can accomplish as a whole. Did I ever think we would get an African American/White President as POTUS not in a million life times, as racist as AmeriKKKa. I never ever thought I would see that day in Nov 2008/2012 now if nothing else we do not have 2 look at just sports or entertainment as a way out we can tap n2 science, technology, medicine yes even the “Whites Only Exclusive club” called PO…LIE..TRICKKKs aka politics as a means to a legacy.

    Has anything changed since 1963 really I say no not really only because we don’t want it 2. We just suffer in silence instead of shouting out OUR pain. RIP Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

  4. No one can blame this country or the other citizens (white,brown,yellow) for black selfishness!!!! HBCUs have money problems like Somali banks and Haitian saving bonds. We are more than just our brothers keepers but our sisters, and legacy keepers also.

  5. America is still America and will always be join the FLOW oF where you fit –and play the game like a PRO. there’s gonna be winners and losers ——When your time come to win or lose just remember —The Game never stops and you gotta keep playing —– being mindful of your OWN journey– LUCK or HARMONY will follow your PATH….MAKE IT A GOOD ONE. PEACE!!!!

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