|Long line in a Sodexho food service job fair. Photo/ John Spink of the AC Journal.|
Yes, the unemployment rate in inner cities across the country is high. But it isn't because men of color don't want to work, as Ryan suggests when he stated the following on a a conservative talk radio show.
Said Ryan, “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning to value the culture of work, so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”
|Veterans crowd the "Hiring Our Heroes" job fair at the Palm Beach County Convention Center|
Wow. "Not even thinking about working."
I'd say Ryan is" not even thinking about" what he is saying.
If you look at images from any job fair, you will see that most applicants are African American, with any number of African American males present.
Take a look at this 2013 news interview about a Philadelphia job fair where thousands of African American men (and women) turned out, looking for work (and thinking about work) but were eventually turned away because of the overwhelming number of people looking. The event was an unofficial, unannounced job fair for ex-offenders. Even so, many African Americans, from all walks of life, turned out in hopes of finding a job.
Perhaps what Ryan should "deal with" instead, is the growing, persistent Donald Sterling-like attitude of Congress. Ryan and his "culture" of ignorant, right winged conservatives, instead of cutting resources that would actually help those on hard times, should instead agree to raising the minimum wage above $10 an hour, and provide resources to help the poor, instead of victimizing the poor over, and over, and over again.
Shame on you Ryan. As the saying goes, if you're not a part of the solution, you're part of the problem.
Ryan, who claims his comments had nothing to do with race (while talking about inner cities) met this week with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to spew more lies about what he really said. He even tried to plead ignorant by saying, "“We have to be cognizant of how people hear things,” Ryan said. “For instance, when I think of ‘inner city,’ I think of everyone.
Paul Ryan is the only one who thinks this way. Even Merriam Webster knows the definition of 'inner city'.
I'll bet if we ask John Boehner if he lives in the inner city, he won't say, "Yes."
Ryan went on to say, "I don’t just think of one race. It doesn’t even occur to me that it could come across as a racial statement, but that’s not the case, apparently … What I learned is that there’s a whole language and history that people are very sensitive to, understandably so. We just have to better understand. You know, we’ll be a little clumsy, but it’s with the right intentions behind it.”
"Clumsy", and ignorant, he was.
Give me a break, and Paul Ryan an African American history lesson, or two, and a town hall meeting with African American men, in any U.S. "inner city".
He should start with the nation's capital.