RUSH: Bob Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, he is not a happy camper out there. BET founder Bob Johnson said last week 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.
"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.'" Bob Johnson, BET, self-made, said, if this unemployment situation doesn't change, "somebody's going to have to pay -- 34 million African-Americans are not going to leave this country," just because they don't have jobs. Somebody's gonna have to pay 'em. If you won't hire 'em, you're going to have to pay them. Somebody's gonna have to pay for them, he said. Somebody's gonna have to take care of them, and if somebody's gonna have to take care of them, that money's gotta come from somebody. And whoever's paying for it is gonna be upset about it, and they're going to start looking for somebody to blame.
You know what the real question is here? I'm amazed that this, A, happens, and, B, gets reported in a vacuum. Now, we currently have the first black president. And many African-Americans thought that alone meant a reversal of their fortunes. Many black Americans thought the election of Barack Obama would end their economic plight. And, of course, it hasn't. In fact, let's be honest, it's gotten worse. Black unemployment is worse. It's not the same as it was for 50 years. It's gotten worse. That's what Johnson doesn't talk about. He talks about nobody gets elected. The real question here is, what happened? This nation supposedly overcame all of this discrimination and inequality. We elected the first black president. Why is there so much black unemployment? That's the question.
I myself wonder, how many in the black community, who voted for Obama, are asking the same thing. I wonder how many of them are saying, "I thought you were gonna fix this, bro." And then there's another question. How many African-Americans have been dumbed down watching BET? How many young African-Americans have been watching BET and don't care that they're unemployed? Does Bob Johnson have any responsibility? Does Obama have any responsibility? I mean, you know that not just African-Americans, there were a bunch of white Americans who voted for Obama with the belief that all these things were gonna change.
Many African-Americans thought the election of a black president was gonna mean a 180 degree phase reversal in their lives. They really thought it was gonna mean that, and everything has gotten worse. There has to be this undertow, but the distrust and dislike of Republicans is still much, much greater than the disappointment to whatever degree it exists with Obama for failing to come through.