I would not call it a national conversation about race, because the nation is engaged in a great national drama around the George Zimmerman acquittal.
Unfortunately, the sound and the fury has obscured a very large and serious problem.
After 4 ½ years of the Obama administration, the unemployment rate among Trayvon Martin’s peers hovers at around 45%. Consider this graph:
Shocking? You bet. Scandalous? Absolutely. A national disgrace? Of course.
If one were of a cynical bent one might imagine that this hue and cry over a Florida trial is a way to obscure the fact that minority youth have been left out of the Obama “recovery.”
Those who believed that an Age of Obama would be good for African Americans have been proved wrong. They would rather not think about it, however.
Nothing about the great national drama over the Zimmerman verdict will change those facts. Nothing about it will change the prospects for the young African Americans whose career prospects are dimming by the day.
The administration and its enablers are scapegoating George Zimmerman for its own failure to address an intractable problem and to redirect the disappointment in the African-American community.
The administration would honor the memory of Trayvon Martin by provoking a national conversation about the job prospects of African American young people.
It might start by calling for a rollback of minimum wage laws. It might even pressure the Washington, D. C. City Council to roll back its new “living wage” rules, rules that have already cost the district nearly 2,000 jobs. Who do you think would have been receiving those jobs?