Friday, June 18, 2010
City Limits has this op-ed by Eric Deadwiley, which begins as follows:
The powers that be are trying to make some sense of the extremely high unemployment rates blacks have here in New York State and across the country. Civil rights leaders recently met with President Obama to discuss his jobs agenda, and to suggest that he use “targeted measures” to combat joblessness in communities of color. There have been panel-discussions, forums and lectures from some of the premier thinkers and educators this country has to offer.
Yet, with all of these great minds discussing black unemployment, only a few key organizations have considered how the high conviction and incarceration rates of blacks relate to high unemployment. Every state in this country has laws which restrict or prevent ex-offenders from enjoying the same rights and privileges other citizens enjoy.