Recent reports reveal the harsh reality of hope and change. According to CBS News, while the national average is a depressing 9.1%, black unemployment stands at a dismal 16.2%. Worse still, black teens 16 to 19 face 41% unemployment. CBS News, noting the historical disparity between black unemployment and the national average, adds that these are “Depression-era levels.”
The fact that most black uplift is held hostage by a confluence of cultural cancers that are constantly overlooked is part of the problem. But black America’s enduring conflict—a hesitancy to address deep historical contradictions—is the real culprit.