A comment from the world-renowned neurosurgeon has sparked a discussion in the African American community.
“If President Obama wants to be a hero in the African-American community, he should do something to alleviate the “abominable” Black unemployment rate in America,” says Dr. Benjamin Carson.
The head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., who was the first surgeon to separate conjoined twins, has continued to ride the wave of momentum from his last speech by speaking out on the economic policies of the Obama administration by stating that they’ve been harmful to Black Americans.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Black unemployment stood at 13.8 percent in January, more than double the unemployment rate of Whites, which was measured at 6.6 percent for the same period. A year ago the Black unemployment rate was 14.2 percent, less than half a percent point higher. Meanwhile White unemployment fell more than one percent in the last year from a high of eight percent.
“I think the best thing that he (President Obama) can possibly do that will help minorities is to enact policies that allow for growth of the economy,” said Carson. “Because when you look at the employment rate for instance in the African American community, it’s abominable. And the policies that have been enacted have only made it worse. They have not made it better. So if he really wanted to be a hero in that community, let’s start doing some things that make sense economically and get the money flowing.”
Carson became a subject of national conversation after he criticized policies being pursued by the Obama administration at the National Prayer Breakfast last month. Also, he said both the Republican and Democratic parties had issues when it came to diversity and leveraging government policies for the advancement of minority groups.
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