Pat Buchanan’s recent column (“Black America versus Obama?“) has some amazing stats on Black employment by the federal government:
Though 10 percent of the U.S. civilian labor force, African-Americans are 18 percent of U.S. government workers. They are 25 percent of the employees at Treasury and Veterans Affairs, 31 percent of the State Department, 37 percent of Department of Education employees and 38 percent of Housing and Urban Development. They are 42 percent of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., 55 percent of the employees at the Government Printing Office and 82 percent at the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency.
When the Obama administration suggested shutting down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage giants whose losses of $150 billion have had to be made up by taxpayers, The Washington Post warned, in a story headlined, “Winding Down Fannie and Freddie Could Put Minority Careers at Risk,” that 44 percent of Fannie employees and 50 percent of Freddie’s were persons of color.
There is no way that these percentages for Black employment could not happen without discrimination against Whites. I should think a lawsuit would be in order.
At the same time, CBS News reports that “African American joblessness at 16.2 percent. For black males, it’s at 17.5 percent; And for black teens, it’s nearly 41 percent”—this despite massive affirmative action programs and decades of attempts to improve the academic skills of Blacks. Moreover,
in 2004, the median net worth of white households was $134,280, compared with $13,450 for black households, according to an analysis of Federal Reserve data by the Economic Policy Institute. By 2009, the median net worth for white households had fallen 24 percent to $97,860; the median net worth for black households had fallen 83 percent to $2,170, according to the institute.
The above quote is from “The Disappearing Black Middle Class” (Chicago Sun Times, July 11, 2011). The article worries that the Black middle class will be further decimated because Blacks are overrepresented in the state and federal workforce, seen as likely to shed jobs because of the current economic malaise.
Quite possibly true, but the real story here is the obvious discrimination against Whites in federal (and presumably) state employment. That and the continuing competence gap separating Black and White Americans.