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Your Opinion: Figures don’t lie

Your Opinion: Figures don’t lie

February 8th, 2019 in Opinion

Tom Ault

Jefferson City

Dear Editor:

Regarding the article in the Jan. 27 News Tribune “Black workers had long history of federal jobs before shutdown” (See “”)

1. Article says 20 percent of federal workers are black.

a. As of 2016, 13.4 percent of population was black. Does that mean we should have hired more non-black folks and brought the percents into balance?

2. Federal Office of Price Administration, after WWII made sure opportunities were provided for black communities in federal government, unfortunately work primarily involved manual labor.

a. At the end of WWII, the average black person was still held back in education and consequently, like many poor white folks, did not have the educational advantages that would give them better job opportunities.

b. High school graduation was more of a dream than a reality. Manual labor jobs were acceptable to both black and white and lower educated people, at the time, started at the bottom of the work force jobs.

3. Cheryl Monroe stated that she started in government work in 1987 and she indicated there were more white people with more lucrative jobs and therefore could “put away six month’s to a year’s worth of salary. It’s harder for black people. We’re always starting at the bottom.”

a. Most white people that don’t have the educational requirements (and there were and are many) also started at the bottom. Many of us without college started at the bottom and through hard work and diligence rose through the ranks.

4. Median Household Incomes: white, $65,273 – black, $40,258.

a. Could there be a difference of income due to single family versus non-single family wage earning? Is it possible single family households of white versus black might be similar?

b. During the 1990s I had difficulty hiring black men for my janitorial company although I paid more than minimum wage and offered the same to everyone, regardless of race.

5. In 2017, 78 percent of the workforce was white and 13 percent was black.

a. In 2017, White made up 76.6 percent of workforce – 1.4 percent must have been unemployed.

b. In 2017 black folks made up 13.4 percent of the population – only .4 percent were unemployed.

Let’s stop the bickering, get to work, get over yesterday, and be proud to be United States citizens today.