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Black America Today Debate: Economic Future
Hugh B. Price, National Urban League Hugh B. Price, National Urban League Robert L. Woodson, Sr. National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise Robert L. Woodson, Sr. National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise

Over the past 10 years, African American unemployment levels have come down and income and education levels have shot up. Will African Americans continue to make gains in these areas in the next 10 years?

Hugh Price's Response: The black unemployment rate worsened during the recent recession, back up over 10 percent for a while. That's why African Americans join all Americans in rooting for a swift end to the recession. If the economy recovers and if the labor market tightens up, then the gains we realized will persist. It's also critically important to improve the academic achievement levels of our children since roughly 85 percent of all jobs today are skilled or professional positions that require a sound education.

Robert Woodson's Response: The key to this will be education. At the present time, the numbers of black males graduating from high school is diminishing. This is a serious problem that we all should be concerned about. There are many inner city schools in low-income areas--Chad School in New Jersey, Marva Collins' school in Chicago, Mesmer High School in Milwaukee--that are successfully educating and sending boys and girls from the most troubled and economically disadvantaged circumstances. I believe this is a strong argument for school choice, so that low-income parents have options other than failing inner city public schools.

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Debate Topics Menu
Affirmative Action
Diversity in Schools
Economic Future
Faith Based Initiatives
Knowing Each Other
Leadership Models
Media Stereotypes
Political Power
Race in the 21st Century
Slavery Reparations


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