Why do you think the black unemployment rate is so high?
|Because of the war — the money’s got to go somewhere. But I’m worried about our youth: they don’t have the support system like they should. They need something constructive, but it’s not there.
|Because young black people are very particular about the jobs they want. They’re very choosy. There are jobs out there, but they don’t want to take them. Plus, their ability to work with people is a problem. I feel that a lot of young people have a lot of issues.
Business Co-owner and Retired Firefighter
|One of the main reasons is this outrageous CORI [system], and it doesn’t seem to apply to everyone. First, I’ve seen a lot of non-minorities with CORI[s] get good jobs while qualified minorities get set back.
||Elsie G. Scott
|My opinion is that there are a lot of people who don’t want to work. They’re not really trying to get out there and get a job.
|Let’s look at the base. There’s one section that’s CORI’ed. Then there’s the term “qualification” — in today’s market, it calls for a technical approach. Is it the system? The remnants of slavery? It’s still the land of opportunity if you give the proper encouragement and support. Its not inbred or cultural; it’s a condition.
Retired World War II Veteran
|Because we’re still at the disadvantage that we were born into this country with. Education and the support that we need to get ahead [are] still denied us through racism. Especially here in Massachusetts, it still prevails.