Dr. Ben Carson, the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, is reported by Vibe today as criticizing President Obama and his policies for the high unemployment rate in the African American community.
“If President Obama wants to be a hero in the African-American community, he should do something to alleviate the "abominable" Black unemployment rate in America, said Dr. Carson.
While unemployment nationally among all citizens is reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to be 7.7 percent, the rate among African-Americans is 13.8 percent. The rate among all teenagers is 25.1 percent, which would suggest a higher rate among African-American teenagers.
Dr. Carson attributed this high level of unemployment directly to economic policy, saying, “I think the best thing that (President Obama) can possibly do that will help minorities is to enact policies that allow for growth of the economy. Because when you look at the employment rate for instance in the African American community, it's abominable. And the policies that have been enacted have only made it worse. They have not made it better. So if he really wanted to be a hero in that community, let's start doing some things that make sense economically and get the money flowing.”
Dr. Carson gained notable attention for his speech last month at the National Prayer Breakfast, in the presence of President Barack Obama, where he addressed his views on health care reform, political correctness and the nation's budget and deficit situation. Dr. Benjamin Carson, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008. Dr. Carson's autobiography was the subject of the 2009 movie Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story and he has written five books, including an autobiography of the same name as that movie.
Dr. Carson will also be a prominent speaker next month at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a gathering of the leaders of the conservative movement nationally.
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