Black and Latino workers hard-hit
Harvard Magazine, May 2013 — When the national unemployment average hit double figures in October 2009 — for the first time in more than a quarter century — it was major news. But unemployment among black men had already been in the double digits for most of the last deveral decades. Unemployment rates also topped 10 percent among Latino men during the Great Recession — but not among white males.
Unemployment rates alone do not reveal the full extent of the job crisis affecting many low-income communities....We show the combined rates of unemployment among males by racial and ethnic group. (Involuntary part-time workers are those who would like to work a 40-hour-per-week job but have had their hours curtailed or are unable to find full-time employment.) As the data indicate, economic cycles — particularly the deep recessions the United States experienced recently and in the early 1980s — affected rates of employment and underemployment among black and Latino males much more severely than among their white counterparts.
Jackie Robinson ‘can’t salute flag’
NYT, 4/7 — In the film [‘42’] we don’t get to see the Dodgers play the Yankees in that [1947 world]] series. But listen to [Jackie] Robinson, in his 1972 autobiography, ‘‘I Never Had It Made,’’ as he writes about Game 1 at Yankee Stadium:
‘‘Today as I look back on that opening game of my first World Series, I must tell you that....I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag. I know that I am a black man in a white world. In 1972, in 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made.’’
Business neglect = big ‘accidents’
NYT, 4/29 — To the Editor:
The loss of life is tragic no matter how it happens, but we cannot chalk industrial catastrophes up to ‘‘accident....’’ Incidents like the factory explosion in West, Tex., are often preventable. Corporate negligence and poor government oversight drastically increase the risk that they will happen....
Over time, these incidents create far more death and misery than that caused by bombings, which...are extremely rare.
Bombs mobilize our fears, but the daily devastation wreaked by corporate negligence is also tragic, and it will become only more so if we allow it to remain hidden.
Economists call system hopeless
NYT, 4/24 — Last week the International Monetary Fund hosted a conference of some of the world’s top macroeconomists to assess...the...crisis....
After five years of coping with the consequences of the disaster, there is still so much uncertainty about what polices are needed to prevent another financial shock from tipping the world economy into the abyss again a few years down the road.
‘‘We....really don’t have much of a clue.’’
Cops in schools: kids affected badly
NYT, 4/19 — ....A growing body of research suggests that...a larger police presence in schools generally does little to improve safety. It can also create a repressive environment in which children are arrested or issued summonses for minor misdeeds — like cutting class or talking back — that once would have been dealt with by the principal....
In the mid-1970s, police patrolled about 1 percent of schools. By 2008, the figure was 40 percent....
The presence of the officers did not drive down crime....Routine disciplinary problems began to be treated as criminal justice problems....
Children as young as 12 have been treated as criminals for shoving matches and even adolescent misconduct like cursing in schools....Young people who spend time in adult jails are likely to have problems with law enforcement later on. Moreover, federal data suggests a pattern of discrimination in the arrests, with black and Hispanic children more likely to be affected than their white peers.