Black workers are in crisis. For centuries, Black workers have been denied equal access to opportunities that allow them to build better lives for themselves and their families. This problem still persists today. Black workers nationwide are experiencing a dual jobs crisis characterized by disproportionately high levels of unemployment and low-wage work.
Black workers cannot afford to continue to be marginalized. We deserve equal opportunities for economic prosperity and full access to our democracy.
For too long, we have been ignored, scapegoated, and exploited by politicians who are controlled by wealthy special interests. On one side of the aisle, politicians make empty promises to Black voters, only to turn their backs on us once we elect them to public office. One the other side, cynical politicians use race to pit working people against each other by blaming new immigrants, Latinos, and Black people for our own hard times. Policymakers have a role to play in our economic fate; they can either champion economic and racial justice, or be complicit in perpetuating inequities.
Black voices are powerful. As previous generations have shown, Black people can build the political power we need to achieve real gains in civil and workers rights. Now more than ever, Black workers must come together to stem the backlash against our advancement and usher in a new wave of racial and economic progress. Together we must send the message that to receive the Black vote is a commitment to stand up for Black workers.