The “New” Modern Civil Rights Movement

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 9:26 am

While browsing this morning newspapers, I came across a rather interesting question from the Clarion Ledger’s Jerry Mitchell: Should jobs be a civil rights issue? Some time ago I wrote about the NAACP’s struggle to find its true identity following the freedom and equality movements. “The NAACP’s top two leaders said this weekend that education, immigration, and health care are the new front lines of today’s civil rights movement.”

To reinforce this point, Mitchell discussed the “hollowing out” of the Black middle class in Memphis; which according to a New York Times article is a city that “epitomizes something more grim: How rising unemployment and growing foreclosures in the recession have combined to destroy black wealth and income and erase two decades of slow progress.” The recession has hit all races hard, but particularly African Americans. The AARP conducted a survey earlier this year that essentially reiterated what analysts have been saying for quite some time. For AARP Vice President Edna Kane-Williams says “the recession has driven many African-Americans to make hard choices now that may lead to serious problems down the road. Raiding your nest egg or ending contributions, even in the short-term, will have long-term consequences because you will have less time to make up the losses.”

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