Unemployment rate for Aftican Americans's

According to the latest BLS report released Friday, the black unemployment rate has been in decline since at least October 2017. In March, the unemployment rate for African-Americans 16 or older was above 8 percent, but by September, it fell to 7 percent. In December 2017, the rate hit the new low of 6.8 percent.


The black unemployment rate (in purple), in comparison with the overall unemployment rate (in red).

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics/Screengrab by NPR

By comparison, unemployment for whites in the month of December was 3.7 percent.

"The overall unemployment rate, which by October had dropped to 4.1 percent, represented a 17-year low by year's end. The benefits of the low rates were felt broadly, resulting in unemployment rates for America's veterans, African-Americans and Hispanics that reached historic lows in 2017."

The record low unemployment rate for African-Americans comes after a year of strained relations between Trump, his administration and many in the black community including the lawmakers on Capitol Hill who represent its interests, specifically the Congressional Black Caucus.

Walmart Fires Thousands of Sam Club Employees Nationally & Leaves Out Key Facts About So-Called Wage Changes

Making Change at Walmart (MCAW) Releases Fact Sheet Highlighting the Real Impact of Walmart’s Wage & Benefit Changes.

As part of an effort to highlight Walmart’s failure to clarify the nature of its announced wage and benefit changes, Making Change at Walmart (MCAW) released the following fact sheet to ensure that local and national media is accurately stating that these wage and benefit changes do not apply to all employees. In addition, MCAW is also highlighting that these wage and benefit changes are being announced even as Walmart closes 63 Sam’s Club stores, resulting in the loss of an estimated 10,000 jobs for Sam’s Club employees.

“The truth matters, and the American people deserve to know that truth about Walmart’s changes. Walmart’s claim of appreciating and investing in its workers is disingenuous at best, and cruel at worst,” said Randy Parraz, director of Making Change at Walmart.

“If Walmart truly appreciated its workers, then it wouldn’t lay off or fire 11,000 employees directly after the holidays, some without any notice. And, it sure wouldn’t pick and choose who deserves a wage increase when tens of thousands of Walmart employees rely on government assistance to make ends meet.”

Walmart Facts: The Truth About Wage & Salary Changes:

  • In total, Walmart will likely save an estimated $1.85$2.2 billion in taxes annually, but the total amount Walmart is spending on one-time-bonuses nationwide is only $400 million, which is about 2 percent of the company’s estimated cumulative tax savings over the next 10 years.
  • Walmart is not giving $1,000 cash bonuses to all workers, only those who have worked at Walmart for 20+ years. Based on Walmart having approximately 1 million hourly workers, the average bonus nationwide will be closer to $400.
  • Hourly wages for Walmart workers making above $11 dollars will stay the same, which, for a Walmart worker with a family of 3 making $11/hr. at 34 hours per week, is still below the poverty level.
  • While the wage increase seems likely a continuation of an existing strategy, there was also pressure this year to comply with 18 states that are increasing their minimum wages starting January 1, 2018.
  • Half, of Walmart’s 1.1 million U.S. workers are part-time hourly associates and will not receive ANY maternity or parental leave benefits.
  • Over 11,000 Walmart employees, mostly Sam’s Club workers, were fired or laid off on the very day Walmart announced these so-called wage and benefit changes.

About Walmart

Since wage increases and bonuses were announced on January 11, 2018, Walmart has closed 63 Sam’s Club locations, laying off 10,000 employees; eliminated 3,500 co-store manager positions and replaced them with lower paying assistant manager positions; announced plans to cut more than 1,000 corporate jobs; and days before the wage and bonus announcement, Walmart said that it was expanding its Scan and Go technology to another 100 stores – possibly threatening front end positions. The substantial Sam’s Club layoffs and store closings likely offset a significant part of the cost of the raise.

Over the last 2 years, Walmart will have let go of an estimated 30,000 jobs and closed more than 170 stores. More closures and layoffs are possible as Walmart continues to reorient its business toward e-commerce and develop in-store technology.

"Encourage Me, I'm Young": ANNUAL NATIONAL RESPECT DAY, April 2018 (body and .pdf attachment encl

                There is a saying taken from scripture, “The thief cometh not but for to steal, kill and destroy.” Millions of dollars seem to run like water through the fingers to that certain thief, while almost no dollars appear to be made available to HEAL, BUILD, and RESTORE.

On April 6, 2018, EMIY (“Encourage Me, I'm Young”), Inc., will partner with other supportive organizations to seek to change the narrative across the stratosphere of the United States by “speaking life” -and life more abundantly- as well as healing and motivational encouragement to America's young Black men across the nation by hosting its annual RESPECT Day: Operation Nation. Themed as “respect for myself, respect for you, respect for us, respect for our families and communities”, this is a day of civil and in-service focus on burying hate and raising respect from within, one young Black man at a time. [ http://emiyworld.com/respect-day-2/ ]

Calvin Mann, one of the founders of the Michigan-based non-profit has his own humble roots based in an attitude of respect for the younger generations of Black youth around the nation. Fortunate enough to be raised in a large family of several generations of two-parent homes with a negligible amount of divorces, Mann's groundbreaking EMIY initiative is focused on the restoration and stabilization of two-parent families in Black America, of which he knows the root rests and abides with young Black men being taught how to be good fathers before they become one.

Says Mann “We grew up in an environment of instilled respect, where our ancestors and elders did not have to rely on public systems in order to speak life to our children. They did it because it was the right thing to do. They understood how to build a future and future generations for ages to come even though they knew they would not be alive to see it all come to pass.”

Good decisions may not always be fun or comfortable to live with, but EMIY is self-gauged to help others understand that good choices must be made, even in moments of lack and discomfort. America has no lack of antiquated “public programs” built to help white America in its charitable influences and also designated to bring Black America to heel with dependency on them in all of its dire economic despair, but hopelessness is subsequently brought to its knees when Black America turns it heart homeward bound in order to heal, build, and restore from within rather than from without.

“Encourage Me I'm Young” began as a simple inspirational quote that appeared on the team apparel of an inner city youth basketball team in Detroit, MI, and it has since launched into an altruistic mainstream lifestyle of people united to change not only the narrative, but also the global dynamic, for a united and strong coalition of Black families across the nation.



EMIY INC. - Encourage Me I’m Young (EMIY) Inc., a non-profit 501c3 based in Detroit is a grassroots volunteer driven organization dedicated to legacy. We have supported, developed, and nurtured children and fathers to reach their fullest potential since 2007. We use our voice for advocacy and our passion in programs to drive our work to “build families through developing boys and encouraging fathers.”

[ http://emiyworld.com/ ]. Telephone: Calvin Mann at 313-332-3323.

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BOOKS 2018

If Racism Is the Sin of White America, Irresponsibility Is the Sin of Black America

By Ranches Lee Hall 

There is always a sense of safety when we blame someone even if we are the ones on the wrong. Blame game is usually a self-protective response which is normally aimed at protecting our under-performance. Humans use it to shield themselves from repercussion. Considering the above definition, will I be justified to say that one of the plagues eating America is blame game? The whites are pointing their fingers at blacks while blacks are pointing at whites. Because of this counterproductive approach to sensitive matters, the bridge between white and black Americans continue to widen every other day. Surely, if racism is the sin of White America, irresponsibility is the sin of Black America.

The Revolutionary war in 1770s gave the nation a chance to reach for independence and freedom.

The reason why we went to war in the 1770s was to fight injustice, unfairness and oppression. Britain passed laws which gave them power to milk money from their colonists including America. In 1763 the French and Indian war which was fought North America left a huge financial dent on Great Britain. They demanded taxes from America so as to cover the debts. This led to discontent among Americans who felt that the reason why Britain went to war was to strengthen its empire. Anyway, America's victory during this war led to independence and freedom. But, would you really rate America as a free country? Aren't some of our laws aimed at benefiting the elite few?

The civil war in the 1860s gave the nation a chance to rid itself of slavery and racism.

During the civil war America was divided. States which supported slave trade went against Abraham Lincoln while those who valued human life stood by him. This was a grant opportunity for America to rid itself of racism and slavery. It seemed as if we learnt our lessons during that time. But did we? Could it be correct to say that the war was won but the ideologies behind the war are still tacked somewhere in people's minds? Could that be the reason why there is so much insecurity and mistrust towards whites by blacks. Would I be justified to say that this is the reason why whites feel superior to blacks?

America keeps trying to forget what it is, without changing from what it is.

But really, what is the pink elephant in the room? The American dream is citizens' (whether black or white) ability to achieve success through hard work and willpower. There has to be a level playing field. We have to deal with the real issues if we want a change. After all, you can't change what you don't see.

America a house divided against itself cannot stand.

The American people are one. For a long time we have been separated by race, background, and skin color instead of being unified by our same nationality as well as citizenry. Racial discrimination and ethnic isolation are toxic and should be avoided by all means.

We need to accept that we are all to blame for what our country has turned out to become. We need to agree that, if racism is the sin of White America, irresponsibility is the sin of Black America. Let us take our country back from disunity and division. It can be done. Remember, black or white, we are each others' brothers keeper and strength.

Ranches Lee Hall is a pastor. He's been online now for several years operating different blogs and online businesses and providing helpful information. He enjoy songwriting, reading the bible, playing the keyboard or piano he currently runs http://stopracialprofiling.org