One of the rather desperate arguments of some supporters of the president is that no African-American should even consider voting against him. I can understand the appeal to ethnic pride, but facts are stubborn things. Such as…
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, African-American unemployment was 12.7% in January of 2009 – and it is 14.3% now – an increase of 1.6 percentage points, or 12.5%.
I’d say that’s reason enough.
Cross-posted to Virginia Virtucon