NAACP President's Surprising Approach to Job Crisis

On November 17, the NAACP issued a call for the White House and Congress to do more to address unemployment. A month later their campaign pushes on, with president Ben Jealous advocating specific proposals for creating jobs and clamping down on predatory practices like payday lending and overdraft protection. Unlike other Black leaders, including National Urban League President Marc Morial and the Congressional Black Caucus, surprisingly, Jealous is not demanding racially targeted policies to address the African-American unemployment rate. Jealous talked with ESSENCE.COM about what must be done for job creation, and why he agrees with President Obama that what's good for the country as a whole will be good for Black America.


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