BET Founder: ‘This Country Would Never Tolerate White Unemployment at 14 or 15 Percent’

Melanie Hunter at CNSNews.com reports that Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder Bob Johnson said Tuesday that America would “never tolerate white unemployment at 14 or 15 percent” and yet unemployment for the black community has been double that of white Americans for over 50 years.

“This country would never tolerate white unemployment at 14 and 15 percent. No one would ever stay in office at 14 or 15 percent unemployment in this nation, but we’ve had that double unemployment for over 50 years,” Johnson said while speaking at the National Press Club about the gap between whites and blacks in the United States.

Johnson said the challenge was to figure out why the unemployment rate for blacks has been so high, "and if that doesn't change, somebody's going to have to pay- 34 million African-Americans are not going to leave this country, millions of African-Americans who don't have jobs."

"Somebody's going to have to pay for them. Somebody's going to have to take care of them, and if somebody's going to have to take care of them, that money's got to come from somebody. And whoever's paying for it is going to be upset about it, and they're going to start looking for somebody to blame," Johnson said.

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