No. More black Americans are not unemployed because of racism. They are unemployed because of the areas they live in and the leaders they have chosen for those areas. Business do not want to move into high tax, high crime, business unfriendly neighborhoods. Unfortunately, many blacks live in neighborhoods that fit that description.
TAMRON HALL: Let me get your response to David Axelrod saying the jobless issue, the unemployment issue, is not exclusive to one community.
FREDERICA WILSON: Well, it sounds good, but it is exclusive to one community.
HALL: But with the national unemployment rate –
WILSON: Well, when you look at African-American males, 40% of them are unemployed, those under 30 years of age. And I understand exactly that the entire nation must be involved in this recovery, but the black community is experiencing a great recession. That’s what we’re experiencing. And all of the growth in the past 30 years, we see it slipping away. From home ownership, the middle class: it’s slipping away from our hands. And it has a lot to do with a lot of issues: racism, shipping jobs overseas, access, no access to technology, you know, the digital divide is there.