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Offline t

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Fifty years after the "dream" of racial equality invoked by Martin Luther King
at the March on Washington, the reality is that African-Americans
still suffer the most unemployment.

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Offline Barah

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People don't want to work, they want jobs. Nothing stops them from working.

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Re: For Unemployed Black Americans, Martin Luther King's 'Dream' Unfinished
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2013, 04:27:50 am »
People don't want to work, they want jobs. Nothing stops them from working.

Reflectively I see several issues regarding your comment.  I will comment specifically only as to my own personal case:

Ethnicity, skill, qualifications, and gender seem to have little to do with not receiving job offers.  My age does.  To date, having responded and applied to literally thousands of want ads since retirement, I have only had two replies and interviews since 1998.  Both of those were for positions in insurance sales, which I refused to take, because my father was a broker and I saw what he had to do to make a living.  My choice.  No complaints.

Secondly, I had suitable means and resources such that  I was able to generate sufficient income from then until today through prudent investments.  I can't say that It required much physical work, but it did require a great deal of intellectual and analytical effort on my part.  It has now been sixteen years since retirement.  Our total principal has remained the same.  So, we must be doing something right as we have never missed a mortgage payment, nor has our gas & electric ever been shutoff, or has our refrigerator gone empty.

Having said that, I have seen many who do not have the resources, skills, or education to which I have been privileged, who also (like myself) were let go into early retirement.  Some retired-in-force, down-sized, right-sized, laid-off, and a whole bunch of other names meaning that we are out of work and have not been able to find other work.  Regarding others I will not comment, because I don't understand their personal situations.  I just know that I am willing to pay taxes and assist with charity those, whom I can so long as my resources last.

Last comment.  While serving in Japan, back in the 1960's, a few of us were on leave in Nagasake, and we ran into some Tars from The HMS Caesar, a British Naval Vessel.  We decided to do the town together, since we were both on the same mission, having fun!  During the evening, the conversation turned to why we each chose to join the military of our countries.  The Tars said that it was either that or staying on public assistance.  As we were all young in our teens, our military branches wanted us.  We were in demand, which was a big ego trip just on its own merits.  We as teens were trainable, and ideally naive enough to do anything risky asked of us by our superiors.  But, the essential ingredient was that we were gullible, malleable, young and healthy.
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