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Economists say black Americans suffer more during recession

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Economists say black Americans struggle more during hard times. Natalie Hinton-Stalling is a typical middle class mom, raising two teenage kids with her husband. The Stalling’s are retired, but admit even with their money tied up in savings and investment accounts; they're feeling the effects of the economy. “You can't plan on things now because you don't know if your basic needs are going to be taken care of,” said Natalie. UNCW economist, Denis Carter said, “In my lifetime this is the worst recession that I've experienced.” Carter said during a recession all Americans face hard times, but said black Americans could suffer more. “In the recession period, the black middle class will find problems getting financing, debts that they carrying really become burdensome, and their potential for job losses will increase.” Dr. Carter said blacks only make up a small percentage of the middle class in America, so when the black middle class is hit with layoffs, foreclosures or financial instability, it can cause a downward economic effect to working-class blacks in lower paying jobs. “This is a group that will benefit if they start making some lifestyle and career decisions that will begin to move them up.” Carter suggests going back to school to learn a new skill. Careers in medicine and computer technology are growing. He said cutting back on spending is also key; something Stalling is doing until the economy gets better. “Personally, I'm hoping that a change in our administration will mean a change in our economy all the way around,” Natalie said. Right now the nation's unemployment rate is at 6.7 percent. Carter said Hispanic-Americans are having a hard time too. Asian-Americans, though, are doing much better.

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LEARNING DISABILITY?

If black communities are the hardest hit during these struggling times, why do their citizens continue to support Obama? He obviously isn't going to do anything about our hand-to-mouth existence out here in the real world.

Try voting for someone who might actually know a little something about math and economics. We'd all be better off for it.

Race card

Race card!! Braaacck!! Race card!! Polly want a cracker!! This race card diatribe is really getting old, don't you think? I mean, can't you come up with something a little bit more thoughtful than parroting this tiresome strawman argument? Ultimately, we all play the hand we are dealt in trying to live our lives, whatever our "race". The fact is, however, that although black people did not create the "skin game," we get constantly berated for playing our hand as it was dealt. Again, black people did not create the "skin game." Slavery, colonialism, apartheid, Jim Crow segregation, and James Crow Jr. Esq. neoconservatism, as well as other forms of political and economic oppression over the centuries set the "skin game" up quite nicely, thank you. So, I say "so what?" if we black people play the so-called "race card" whenever we deem it necessary and appropriate. We can call it like we see it, just as much as you or anyone else, you know? But, if you got a problem with our playing the so-called "race card", I say don't hate the player, hate the game. Hit dogs do tend to holler, though, don't they?

It's plain and simple

Those that are less motivated to work always suffer more. There isn't a racist thing about the bare naked truth. No matter the skin colour. More white people in this country are using the welfare system than any African-Americans, but the Latinos have even taken that to a new level. They are the new number one tax money suckers. They take what you make. I say we need to tax people more for not getting out and doing more. Working, community enrichment and people oriented jobs should garner you a lot less tax burden, and those that just sit on their butts would have to pay more. How is that for civic action. Oh, but it wouldn't be fair, because one skin colour might not wanna get up off their butt as much as the others would. Money is coloured green, too bad lazy isn't that definitive.

Gee, why are Asian Americans doing better?

Could it be that the vast majority of them: * Grow up in traditional, two-parent homes in a nuclear family that usually includes three generations? * Rely upon that family and their extended family to help each other and look out for each other, often including job placement and financial assistance? * Stay in school and usually complete college? * Aren't getting addicted to drugs and alcohol in their teens? Aren't spitting out babies without the benefit of marriage in their teens? Aren't pulling their first jail time while still in their teens? (In other words, aren't totally destroying their life while still in their teens.) The quality of your life is what **YOU** make it, and as many posters have pointed out, ALL the poor suffer worse in any economic downturn. That's to be expected and there's nothing you can do about it. If Blacks are suffering worse, however, it's because the lifestyle choices of the majority contribute to keeping far too many Blacks in poverty. Talk to a successful Black businessman, doctor, lawyer, or professor and you will find that his or her life will most likely track the life of a typical Asian-American in most aspects. They had caring parents (at least one) who were actively involved in their education, they stayed in school, and they stayed out of trouble. But if you're a high school dropout, have a criminal record, can't string a subject and a verb together without screwing up the person and tense, and walk into an interview wearing dirty jeans and track shoes, please-oh-please do not be so silly as to think it's the color of your skin that kept you from getting that job.

Disparity in America's Workforce of Consulting/Contracting

Hello, The issue that everyone seems to ignore is the tremendous amount of employees who are working for corporations and sectors within this Human Resource Trend called Contracting/Consulting/Temporary workers. This is where the practice of racisim is at it's all time high without accountability, in fact the majority of the sky rocket un-employment numbers we see broadcasted, this particular workforce makes up for nearly 60-70 percent. Information Technology/Engineering/Administration and other occupations within corporate American and other sectors utilize the employees who are supplied by the Consulting/Temp, agency for years even decades, however when an incident of racism or any volation occur with disparity within the work place, such as wrongful termination and other practices, these corpoarations better known as clients, are provided with the off ramp and there's no consequences for thier conduct. They often and will quickly indicate that the employee does not work for them but that of the agency who pay them. Therefore when companies begin to reduce staff, or want to fill the seat with someone else to save from the recession, they simply pick up a telephone call the contracting firm at any given day or time to release these employees no matter how hard they work or if they simply do not like miniorites. I have witnessed individuals report to work from other states and because a person do not like the way the individual look,regardless of thier qualification, they pick up a telephone and have the person dismissed, that simple. Nevermind contacting the consulting or contracting firm who you are emplyed with, why because they only represent the client, they can care less what occurs with the consultant or contractor/temp employee. It's about the client bill rate, therefore Next. This particular workforce is hit drastically by this behavior of race/gender and age. It appears the corporations are paying for the service of these particular companies to pre-screen for employees based on thier perference and selection. View the DICE job board discussions/contractor issues. Recruiters ask for candidates full social security numbers/birthday and age, prior to a resume submit to thier clients. The recruiters/company never asks the candidates to come into thier office to complete paper work, never want to meet you in person, until a client selects you by resume however the pre-screening process is to hand over all of your personal information for a basic resume submit. A pre-selection process (LOL). I personally had a recruiter ask me to forward a copy of my drivers license to them along with my resume. This was an india firm located in Atlanta Ga. Huge EEOC issue, Revamp needs to occur to meet the standards of this emerging workforce which makes up for about 70 percent of America's workforce(Hidden)

You mean, "No EEOC issue."

As a contracted temp, you can be terminated at any moment, for any reason whatsoever. You have no claims to any seniority, job security, benefits (other than those provided by your agency) or any claim against the client company. You are simply a warm body provided by the agency, but all contractual dealings are between the agency and the client. YOU have nothing to do with it. You can be sent packing if I don't like the way you part your hair. BUT, if a client corporation rejects too many cabdidates, the agency soon grows weary and no longer seeks out their business. After all, unless someone is working, they're not getting paid. So if you find yourself getting rejected a lot, I'd suggest you sit down and figure out why. It likely has nothing to do with your race, creed, or national origin.

This articule is pure

This articule is pure garbage come to europe and see how blk and wht live middle lower or whatever poor is poor rich is rich .. Nonsense and racism and biased articule feeding into the notion how americans think all white are rich i mean bloddy hell...You all need to mix and live within each other segregation is not helping, you all have this preconcieved notion of each other.

Please!!!!

Do what we have done, hold hands and sing We Shall Over Come lol... and deal with it.Let me know how that works out lol..Recession! we eat that for lunch!

Please

I often wondered about people who leave e-mail comments like yours but only for a second because ignorance like your deserve less than a thought

Black Suffering More during a Recession

This article is a good example of how out of control the liberal media has gotten. The coverage of the Presidential campaign should have opened the eyes of the ones that had doubt before. All races are going to be hit by the recession. To say one race suffers more than others is irresponsible reporting. It at first makes the assumption that all whites are middle class and will not be hurt by the recession. Please....there are just as many whites that live below the middle class income as are blacks or any other race. Recession affects everyone from CEO's to the lowest pay employee. How about the journalists quit imposing the race card??? It is quite obvious with the president elect being black that the rest of America has already done so. I for one am tired of it being pushed down my throat by the media. If I disagree with a black man, I am a racist. How about it just being what it is, two people not agreeing!!!

This is not new news to

This is not new news to blacks and as usual I see some "non-minorities" have already started making the no need for affirmative action type comments. It's a total waste of time to explain the plight of being a minority trying to live the ever so elusive American dream that wasn't initially intended for minorities. Most minorities want to succeed on their own merit but most people with common sense know the "real deal". If you want a good example, to everyone with corporate/office jobs who's in the higher positions vs. who is answering the telephones/delivering the mail?

Hardly

As a white man I am SICK and TIRED of hearing about affirmative action. It is nothing short of discriminatory to hire someone based on race. Just like getting into college...race should never be a part of it. To say that you enact affirmative action because of how the country was planned is punishing to better qualified white man for losing a job to a less qualified black man, when neither had anything to do with planning the country. It is WRONG

research

Dear "Mr. Hardly" Who benefits the most from affirmative action? Before you answer, look it up. Question, how do you remove power from words and phrases............ speak untruths as it is the truth. I believe if we erase race, we will see the true reason why the insertion of race into the equation is so important..................there are more people without, than with...............think about it. best regards, "person that can think"

Who

is Mr. Hardly? I read your post 3 times and it still makes no sense.

Nonsense

I fail to see how the economic suffering of black people is any more severe than the economic suffering of other races. Everyone suffers in this type of recession. What this "economist" describes is applicable to everyone. Blacks do not live in an economic vacuum - if they did then maybe this theory would make some sense. This is not news - this is racial pandering. Good job, WWAY.

Blacks are not the only ones

Blacks are not the only ones suffering The whites are too-no one has anything to say About that,I guess the next 4 years will be all About the blacks-

The story does not say only

The story does not say only blacks suffer. It just says they suffer more. Why are you sou touchy about it? Do you want to suffer more too?

Black AMERICANS SUFFER MORE DURING RECESSION

I'm afraid Dr. Carter didn't tell the rest of us (Blacks) what we don't already know. The issues that he mentioned are with us at all times, not only during a recession. Most of us don't see any difference in our life style, (Middle Class included). We are always the first to be let go or see our hours reduced, as well as our pay. What he is said is nothing new.

Pure hogwash

"Carter said during a recession all Americans face hard times, but said black Americans could suffer more. “In the recession period, the black middle class will find problems getting financing, debts that they carrying really become burdensome, and their potential for job losses will increase.” " >This is playing the race card. All things being equal, race has nothing to do with it. "Natalie Hinton-Stalling is a typical middle class mom, raising two teenage kids with her husband. The Stalling’s are retired, but admit even with their money tied up in savings and investment accounts; they're feeling the effects of the economy." >Typical? retired AND raising two teenagers? I don't think so! "“Personally, I'm hoping that a change in our administration will mean a change in our economy all the way around,” Natalie said." >Well there you have it! Obama is going to be the savior to all...black AND white! "Dr. Carter said blacks only make up a small percentage of the middle class in America, so when the black middle class is hit with layoffs, foreclosures or financial instability, it can cause a downward economic effect to working-class blacks in lower paying jobs. “This is a group that will benefit if they start making some lifestyle and career decisions that will begin to move them up.”" >So, if whites make up a larger percentage and suffer from layoffs, foreclosures, or financial instability...it won't affect working-class whites in lower paying jobs? Again...playing the race card.

Right & Wrong

I would say it's not completely accurate,but I wouldn't jump so fast to say "race card". People accuse others of using the "race card", as often as people actually do it. Neither is any more credible in my opinion. No doubt there are plenty of Whites suffering as well. I just saw 74 White men get laid off at my company weeks ago. I think they may be referring to the already known fact that collectively Black people are at the very bottom in America as far as income. Therefore, already being the poorest, they will suffer the most. What part of that doesn't make sense? Had Asians been the poorest,I would assume the recession would hurt them more than anyone else. Would you not? I do think that these conversations should be limited to economic levels instead of race. There's already too much racial tension in this country. Also, in the end whether you're Black or White, your money is the only thing that will determine the impact it has on you. We all know that there are Blacks and Whites in every economic class.

Sometimes saying nothing is best...

I totally agree. What a bunch of garbage! That's all we need now as African Americans is for people to use Obama as their "savior" and the answer to all "our problems". Not all of us (Blacks) are sitting and waiting for Black America to reign because of the Black President. Come on folks. This recession is taking it's toll on everyone. I for one look forward to seeing what our new president has in store for our country AS A WHOLE...just as it should be.

I'm black, and I have to

I'm black, and I have to agree with you......I don't see the direct correlation between economic impact and race.....some people are better off saying absolutely nothing at all....

Of course there is a

Of course there is a correlation between being black and the economic conditions of the country. Try applying for a job that you are qualified for, only to be given to a white person. 9 out 10 times the person that is making the hiring decision will more than likely consider both qualifications and race. I know from personal aspect because I am in the HR industry and have witnessed many hiring managers that pass over resumes of qualified minorities because they feel that they can relate better to whites. With all the layoffs, closures, and companies cutting back their overhead costs, this will make it even worse for minorities.

I'm a black male, I applied

I'm a black male, I applied for 30 jobs, in the past 4 months only to be past over time after time by a Hispanic picking there own just like the asians, affirmative was design to stop things like this when whites wouldn't hiring blacks and let's us into colleges. There are so many whites that really don't know what blacks have to put up with on a daily basis before we step into schools, work, or store and appling for any type of credit. We are not the minority any more the Hispanic are, and they have more rights then anyone right now, and live better than most Americans. Blacks have fought for civil rights issues that they have gained more from then blacks, so yes these hard time will hurt the black community more then any because we don't strip malls, supermarkets in our communities, we often have travel into white neigborhood to do are shopping still. So Wake People!!!

I'm a white female

and I've applied for over 18 jobs in the past 12 months. I have only received one reply from one employer - "We hired someone else." Not a single solitary interview. My resume is strong and my work history is positive. I think when it comes right down to it they are hiring friends and/or young people for very little money. This recession is kicking EVERYBODY's azz. Not just minorities.

Maybe you didn't get hired

Maybe you didn't get hired because you couldn't form a legible sentence on your application and resume. Read your post again. I wouldn't hire you. Companies look for applicants with basic knowledge of the English language and can at minimum, use proper grammar. Believe it or not, it is important.

I definitely agree with you.

I definitely agree with you. I have seen first hand a person not get even an interview because of her name. (the manager was white).

People are all having a hard time in general

By putting the Black name in it, will deffinitely put a strain on Barrack. If they keep relaying to blacks