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Presidential Candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders Says Civil Unrest Linked to Black Unemployment

Sen. Bernie Sanders. (Wikipedia)

Sen. Bernie Sanders. (Wikipedia)

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders says there is a direct link between Black unemployment and civil unrest.

In an interview with The Nation, Sanders said, “How do you discuss Ferguson and not know that, in that particular community, unemployment is off the charts? How do you discuss Baltimore and not know that, in that particular community, unemployment is off the charts? African-American youth unemployment in this country is 50 percent, and one out of three African-American males born today stands the possibility of ending up in jail if present trends continue.”

Fusion said Black youth unemployment is nearly double the figure of white youths and many Black college graduates are underemployed.

Fusion also reported that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Black youth unemployment in the United States was 24.8 percent in 2014, compared to 12.2 percent of their white counterparts. And more than half of recent Black college graduates are underemployed, meaning that they hold a job that does not require a college degree, according to a study by the Center of Economic and Policy Research.

Sanders is not the only Democratic presidential candidate to talk about Black youth unemployment. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner who is being challenged by Sanders, has also talked about the issue. However, she sees it as being more of an economic problem that could be solved by better training and tax incentives.

Fusion reports that last month, Hillary Clinton addressed America’s youth unemployment problem in a speech at South Carolina’s Trident Technical College to a predominantly Black crowd.

“But where Sanders, a socialist, identified Black youth unemployment as a civil rights issue, Clinton portrayed it as solely an economic one, and did not identify specific proposals for Black youth in her speech,” Fusion reported.

Clinton suggested offering a $1,500 tax credit to businesses that hire young apprentices.

“We have a long history of apprenticeships in our country going back into the 19th century,” Clinton said. “When employers invest in on the job training, workers are more productive and businesses are more profitable,”

Sanders, an independent from Vermont, is a veteran civil rights campaigner who traces his political activism back to the fight for desegregation in the 1960s.

“I was very active in the Congress of Racial Equality at the University of Chicago,” Sanders said. “I got arrested in trying to desegregate Chicago’s school system. I was very active in demanding that the University of Chicago not run segregated housing, which it was doing at that time.”

Sanders said the high numbers of unemployed Black youths show we are still wrestling with problems from the 60s.

“Remember the March on Washington—what was it about? ‘Jobs and Freedom,’” Sanders told The Nation. “The issue that Dr. King raised all the time was: This is great if we want to desegregate restaurants or hotels, but what does it matter if people can’t afford to go to them? That’s still the issue today.”

Sanders was a little-known senator before he decided to run for president. His campaign is focused on left-wing issues such as declining wages, the rising cost of college education and providing universal healthcare. He is an Independent who identifies as a democratic socialist, an issue many political watchers feel will hinder his campaign. Sanders isn’t shy about talking frankly about Black issues. Speaking on the Joe Madison radio show, Sanders said slavery was a shameful part of America’s history.

“It destroyed just the lives of so many people. So as a nation — I don’t think as a president — but as a nation we have got to apologize for slavery,” he said.

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5 thoughts on “Presidential Candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders Says Civil Unrest Linked to Black Unemployment

  1. This is why I'm voting for Bernie. Dude was an OG civil rights activist. That just tells me he has foresight and follows the right side of history.

  2. Spread the word to your family and friends. They are needed for Bernie to secure the nomination.

  3. You say Bernie has a good point about the corelation between blacks and unemployment? Lets see the corelation between blacks and % of high school graduates and any type of school attained after HS graduation? In a black majority community a black young person can't get a job? Why? Who is denying them employment? Out of a population of 100,000 of young blacks what is the percent of HS graduate and the % of a graduate with a grade higher than C+ ? The fact remains that these young people are not interested in going to school and going to a technical school to assure them a career! For what ever the reason is, I will venture to say that 1% will do any volunteer work! The remaining groups just hang around at the corners of streets and in front of stores! The answer is EDUCATION! How else will you be able to cultivate briliant minds? How many of these young people have wasted their chance of being another Hemingway or Pasteur, or even Maya Abgelou! Do not blame the "job market", blame the almost non-existent education. Thru education you will build a future, not a job! You need a career, a calling, a passion, a reason to look forward to tomorrow and the days following. You think Bernie will give you that? WRONG! Bernie is a Socialist, and, until a few days ago, I thought that my research on his doctrine may be flawed! Until he said it himself just a day or two ago! Do you even know what a Socialist is? I lived in a socialist country for 20+ years and it is the reason I immigrated to the US! Socialism is ONE STEP BELOW COMMUNISM! Who ever is trying to paint this in honey and sprinkle sugar on it, remember, under the coating is the real thing! You would no like it one bit! You are not the kind of people to be told where to live, to work, what to eat, what school to go to, etc! Americans are like wild bulls in a cage! You lock them up and they will tear everything down to escape it! You can't live under the socialist government or a communist one! Try to listen to the truth in its naked fact! We can't have anymore crooked politicians running this country and wasting our lives and our opportunities for their piece of pie! Consider this very carefully. It is your life and your future and the future of your children.

  4. People like you and like Brad, really deserve what Bernie will do if elected! I can leave the country and go anywhere and live anywhere! What would you do when the Socialism comes knowking at your door? Are you going to remember the reason you voted for him? OG civil rights activist? My suggestion to you is: read what Socialism really is and how succesfull has the application been around the world! Remember Socialism is just one step below Communism! I know because I lived in a Socialist country for over 20 years!

  5. Lyndon B Johnson (Democrat) = Watts riots 1965, Detroit riots 1965; Bill Clinton (Democrat) = Watts riots 1992; Barack Obama (Democrat) = Ferguson riots 2014, Baltimore 2015… See a thread people?

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