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Too many African Americans are ‘credit invisible’

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“I am invisible, understand,” Ralph Ellison famously wrote, “simply because people refuse to see me.”
 
He was speaking of the double consciousness that accompanied the burden of blackness in America more than 60 years ago. But according to Yale professor Frederick Wherry, this conundrum is not just social and political but also economic—and that sense of invisibility persists in the 21st century.
 
It may come as no surprise that in the nation’s supposedly colorblind age, access to income, credit and financial solutions remains riddled with racial inequity – and those on the losing end are disproportionately African American.

The Congressional Black Caucus has no conscience

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The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) describes itself as “the conscience of the U.S. Congress.”  According to the dictionary, conscience is the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives.  Notice that the root of the word conscience is the word “con,” which is exactly what the CBC has turned out to be.
 
They have conned the American people into believing that they represent the values of the Black community; and nothing could be further from the truth.
 
They have sat silently by as President Barack Obama has put forth policies that have decimated the very people they claim to represent – the Black community.

African-American unemployment best in 6 years

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WASHINGTON – The African-American unemployment rate hit a six-year low in June, dipping below 11 percent for the first time since August 2008.
 
Last week, the Labor Department reported that the African-American jobless rate was 10.7 percent in June, compared to the white unemployment rate, which was 5.3 percent. The unemployment rate for African-American men over 20 years old fell from 11.5 percent in May to 10.9 percent in June, compared to white men who saw their jobless rate decrease from 5 percent to 4.9 percent over the same period.
 
The jobless rate for African-American women over 20 years-old continued to improve, dropping one percentage point, from 10 percent in May to 9 percent in June. The unemployment rate for white women ticked down one-tenth of a percentage point from 4.9 percent in May to 4.8 percent in June.

All students benefit from minority teachers

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Despite the cry from people of color for more teachers who look like them, both whites and blacks benefit from a more diverse teaching force, according to a study by Center of American Progress.
 
“… A study of the relationship between the presence of African-American teachers in schools and African-American students’ access to equal education in schools found that fewer African Americans were placed in special-education classes, suspended, or expelled when they had more teachers of color, and that more African-American students were placed in gifted and talented programs and graduated from high school,” stated the report.

Locked up, left behind: Juvenile justice system failing Southern youth

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“The most disadvantaged, troubled students in the South and the nation attend schools in the juvenile justice systems,” the 2014 report from the Southern Education Foundation begins. 
 
The document, Just Learning: The Imperative to Transform Juvenile Justice Systems into Effective Educational Systems raises a number of questions: If so many children with educational needs are segregated or incarcerated, what will become of them and the society they will enter once they age out of the system? Are their needs being met? What can be improved?