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June 21, 2012

Racial unemployment disparities call for immediate civil rights intervention

Rev. Jesse Jackson calls on Washington to address broad structural problems

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, contends this is a part of a national pattern. “There is an exceedingly high level of black unemployment, poverty and pain. The pattern of school suspensions for children of color and lack of access to job training and skilled trade training ultimately results in a disproportionate number of blacks who are unsocialized and locked out of the zones of reconstruction.

Black males in New York, Chicago, and Milwaukee all face 50 percent or more unemployment, but it has become an accepted norm. Black male unemployment is a disgrace and should be considered a state of emergency.

The black community has been targeted. Black homeowners were targeted by banks and faced disproportionately higher rates of home foreclosure. Blacks in New York are targeted by police officers, stopped and frisked.

This racial profiling drives poverty and the penal system. Blacks deserve equal protection under the law. This issue deserves a response from the White House, Congress and Department of Justice. It is time for a comprehensive response and plan. The flow of the present structure is drugs and guns in and jobs out, compounded by inadequate education. We need a plan for targeted redevelopment.”

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. The organization is headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. For more information about the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, please visit or call (773) 373-3366