That Part of the New CBC Chair’s Speech That Ran the Stats on Black America

The current stats of Black America.  ”Like the rest of America, Black America, in the aggregate, is better off now than it was when I came into office,” said President Obama at a December 19, 2014 press conference.

The problem: The current statistics on Black America show exactly the opposite.  Yesterday, in his inaugural speech as 24th Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. G.K. Butterfield said this in what was one of the more pointed parts of his remarks:

“We are fighting generations of indifference on the part of those in power.  The statistics tell the story:

• Twenty-five percent of black households live below the poverty line as compared to eight percent for white households.
• One out of three black children lives in poverty.
•  African Americans are twice as likely as whites to be unemployed.
•  African Americans earn $13,000 less per year than their white counterparts.
•  The unemployment rate of African Americans has consistently been twice as high as for whites over the last 50 years.
•  For every $100 in wealth of a white household, the black household only has $6 in wealth. 

What is this if it’s not an emergency?  America is not working for many African Americans and we, as the Congressional Black Caucus, have an obligation to fight harder and smarter in the next Congress to help repair the damage.  

Lauren Victoria Burke Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog that covers African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin and on WHUR in Washington, D.C., WURD in Philadelphia, and WVON in Chicago. Ms. Burke has enjoyed employment at USAToday.com and ABC News. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail anytime: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @Crewof42. Instagram: LVB325. More articles by Lauren Victoria Burke »

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