Black in America

Posted: April 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

http://www.alternet.org/story/12174/jobs_crisis_for_black_teens_in_america/

Why is it so hard for young black teens to find jobs in America? Sometimes race can play a factor with employers hiring young African Americans. Reading this article has open my eyes up to a lot of things.

James Swan

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Comments
  1. afamenews says:

    That was a decent article, I wasn’t even aware that was going on. I’m actually kind of curious to what jobs the teens are applying for, I wish the article would’ve gotten an interview with some teens who think they can’t find a job. Not saying that this is the case with this article but I know a lot of times people take statistics and turn them around to fit their articles. I think it’s sad that a lot of people are out of work especially teens who work to support their families. I don’t know

  2. afamenews says:

    I think I accidentally clicked post comment and I wasn’t finished and I forgot what I was saying.

    Basically I like this article and I wish someone would do a follow up or more investigative article into this issue because it’s hard to be out of work right now especially if you’re a teen who has to support your family, and it’s sad to think some teens are getting jilted out of jobs just because of their skin color and not based on work ethic.

  3. afamenews says:

    Oh sorry- This is Kendresa Cockrell Comm 275

  4. loveknowsnocolor says:

    I don’t think the joblessness has anything to do with race, I think it has everything to do with experience motivation because when I was a teen I had a job every time I turned around but I also took the initiative to go after every job I can find. There is jobs out there if you look hard enough you might not find one right away but eventually you will find a job if you don’t give up.

    Damien Bell

  5. Tameisha Suter says:

    I really liked this article. I know from personal experience that it is hard as a teen, especially a black teen to find a keep a decent job that will work around your school schedule along with still getting you enough hours to help support your family. This article also let me know that I’m not the only one feeling this way. I know that my younger brother who is now 17 had the hardest time trying to find a job that would hire a young black man who was still in highschool and involved in sports. It took him the better part of a year to get the job he has now and that’s really sad in my opinion that the employment gap is so large.

  6. I agree with Damien. I do agree that to a certain extent that race discrimination still exists in the workforce. But times have changed a lot. Even though prejudice and racism still exists, I think Black teenagers are still able to find work just like any teen of any other race.

    Maybe the area one lives in plays a role in the difficulty they experience when finding a job. Certain areas may be more prejudice than others????? In my case, the area i live in is a very diverse community and people of all races can find work. Qualifications and experience is what determines who gets hired.
    (EMMA LUTZ)

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