Downturn worse for black Oregonians

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Monday, July 27, 2009

The Urban League of Portland's study - its first in 17 years - shows that Oregon's overall unemployment rate is nothing compared to the rate for black Oregonians.

Take a moment and consider the havoc Oregon's record-level 12.2 percent unemployment rate has wreaked across the state. Hard-working people jobless for months. Homes lost and cars repossessed. Safety nets evaporated.

Now imagine that what is now the third-highest state unemployment rate in the nation has been your community's jobless rate for the past 30 years. And that during this economic freefall the unemployment rate could be 20 percent or higher.

This is the reality for black Oregonians.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

 

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thinking forward
0 #1 thinking forward 2009-07-28 08:21:11
Sadly family has fallen apart! An extreme number of single Moms. High School dropouts. Gang influence. Government handouts! Very talented and misdirected. Bill Cosby is right.
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pdxwildcat
0 #2 Revisit your historypdxwildcat 2009-07-28 15:19:47
You are partially right. I take exception to your notion that the black family has "fallen apart." The black family structure has always been broken in the U.S. due to systematic destruction brought by the horrific injustices of slavery...somth ing no other race has endured in this country to anywhere near the same extent. For sure, many gains have been made leading up to present times, but remnants of the damage still very much remain generations later.
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pdxwildcat
0 #3 Revisit your historypdxwildcat 2009-07-28 15:19:47
You are partially right. I take exception to your notion that the black family has "fallen apart." The black family structure has always been broken in the U.S. due to systematic destruction brought by the horrific injustices of slavery...somth ing no other race has endured in this country to anywhere near the same extent. For sure, many gains have been made leading up to present times, but remnants of the damage still very much remain generations later.
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thinking forward
0 #4 thinking forward 2009-07-29 08:54:27
Remember the slaves were freed by caucasians. Brothers against brothers. Abe Lincoln put his all on the line. The Republican Party sood up for the slaves. Martin Luther King a Republican stood up for equality. Now is the time for those who have real sucess to give a hand up to those who are stuck in poverty. Money is not the answer. We must motivate those who have the talent to achieve.
Reperations have been paid. Most slaves came from Africa captured and sold by Africans.
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pdxwildcat
0 #5 Revisit your historypdxwildcat 2009-07-29 12:49:44
Thanks for your very caucasian-centr ic view of black history, Thinking Forward. It's like dismissing the Holocaust by selectively crediting instances of Germans helping to rescue Jews from concentration camps. The stilted, cherry-picked tidbits of American history that you highlight in your response still do not deny the impact of slavery on today's black American families and the unique challenges that persist even in present day. Reparations have never been paid on a systematic level, thus necessitating the ongoing need for equal opportunity, equal rights and some government assistance for those who are in need.
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thinking forward
0 #6 thinking forward 2009-07-29 13:45:02
Over 150 years later and two or three generations have past. How about the Irish, Chineese, and Native Americans, Italians etc..
I am sorry you still cant get past the past.
Opportunity knocks just ask the Aisains how did they find sucess in America. How many who now live have ever had a slave? It was real bad no doubt about it but we must look to the future not backwards.
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pdxwildcat
0 #7 Revisit your historypdxwildcat 2009-07-29 18:25:23
"Thinking"...th e scale of the unjustices done in this country to the other races/ethniciti es that you mention is nowhere close to that of African Americans,and it is intellectually dishonest to suggest otherwise. The one exception perhaps is native Americans who have (and continue to) receive abundant government assistance and entitlements in many forms...which they deserve! But this article is about blacks specifically... and you're way left field from addressing my original point that black families did not suddenly start falling apart due to today's symptoms of gangs, single mothers, etc. If you have a better understanding and explanation for the root cause of fractured black families today, please enlighten me with your wisdom.
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thinking forward
0 #8 thinking forward 2009-07-30 11:17:39
My final comment on this is read "Survival of the Black Family" by K. Sue Jewell.
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pdxwildcat
0 #9 Revisit your historypdxwildcat 2009-07-30 15:45:19
Sounds like a good read "Thinking." I'm particularly interested in the chapter that discusses "how newconservatism in the 1980s has affected the status of black families." (I would guess adverserly). Here's a recommendation for you: Essays in Response to Bill Cosby's Comments About African American Failure by Dr. Theresa A. Mohamed: "Confronting controversy head-on, this volume provides a multi-layered perspective that can and should frame the debate sparked by Bill Cosby’s well-publicized criticism of low-income black Americans. Expanding on Mr. Cosby’s singular focus on personal responsibility, the authors of the [essays in] this text examine the structural, cultural, and historical barriers as well as the impact of the conservative policy agenda on the lives and opportunities of marginalized ‘Others’ made visible only in controversy, crime, or disaster. This volume is a thoughtful synthesis that will help turn controversy into useful and productive dialogue." Enjoy!
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