Source: Josh Feldman / Mediaite
Last week Black Entertainment Television Founder Robert Johnson commented on the high black unemployment rate in the United States, remarking that the nation would never tolerate white unemployment being in the double digits. He sat down with Bill O’Reilly tonight to further elaborate, admitting that President Obama is getting a pass from the black community because they still have “immense pride” in the first black president and are still “hopeful” he’ll turn things around.
Johnson explained to O’Reilly why Obama has consistently gotten overwhelming support among African-Americans despite high unemployment figures.
“African-Americans have immense pride in President Obama as a president. They see it as a major accomplishment in this country and embracing an African-American leader. And they’re positive and hopeful, probably, more than anything, that his leadership will make their lives better.”
However, Johnson told O’Reilly that black unemployment has been higher than the national average for decades. O’Reilly cited statistic showing black unemployment under eight percent in 2000, and how under Obama it has risen from 10-14 percent. He asserted that the “primary problem in the African-American community is out-of-wedlock birth.”
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