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Training programs might not be working. They train the unemployed, under-employed and the poor. The challenge is, if training programs don’t have a pipeline to careers and futures it’s like going to an apple tree and looking for a pear. The Black community is the most well trained community in the United States – but if no jobs follow, that’s all Blacks will ever be, “trained” sucking off the government’s teat.
Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/National News/February 9, 2012)…The reconstruction of the south was the period during and after the Civil War where several different groups in the government tried to solve the economic, political, and social problems that arose as a result of the Civil War. It was a time of disorder and chaos. Southern Whites rejected all forms of equality and Blacks wanted nothing but full freedom and land of their own. This led to frequent and inevitable riots. Reconstruction lasted from 1865 to 1877 and was one of the most controversial periods in the nation’s history.
Today, in 2012, history repeats itself in the form of Reconstruction Failure for Black communities across the United States. Whites reject all forms of equality in Affirmative Action, Civil Rights, Education and a fair plying field. Blacks want nothing more than a chance to work with full-time jobs, education and a future of their own. Most heavy populated Black communities suffer from high unemployment rates, a failure of the education system from K-12 into college and no source of economic development for those who need it the most. With that said, very few talk about racism, which is an integral, permanent, and indestructible component of American society.
Minneapolis, Minnesota is thought of as a nice place to live. What’s not talked about is the cities huge achievement gap between Whites and Blacks and how Minneapolis is the “worst in the nation” in employment fairness between Blacks and Whites. This has been an ongoing juggernaut for local politicians, especially Black elected officials who have to be in lock step with the Democratic, White infrastructure that promises jobs, opportunity, and economic development for a vote, but does little to nothing after achieving office.
Local OIC’s and other training facilities have done their part in “training” unemployed and under-employed community members but offer no relief when it comes to jobs. Ronnie La Juan, a former student at Summit Academy OIC in north Minneapolis says, “I went through training at Summit Academy OIC but there were no jobs afterwards.” La Juan, now a student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College in downtown Minneapolis told IBNN that he needed to seek higher education at an accredited college in hopes to get a job when he graduates.
This puts the focus on training programs across the United States that work ala a puppy mill to train unemployed and underemployed, poor, minority community members in hopes of a better future with some kind of steady work.
Bob Giloth, Vice President of the Center for Family Economic Success and Community Change, Panelist Neighborhoods and Labor
Markets, Exploring Low-Income Neighborhoods sponsor, Federal Reserve Bank says, “Labor market isolation of lower-income neighborhood residents is thought to have multiple causes; i.e., spatial mismatch of jobs and housing, thinness of employment networks, racial discrimination in hiring, and the failures of public education.”
There are interesting points that need to be brought up concerning training. Can people get out of poverty with poverty wage jobs? Will Affirmative Action be enforced with the construction jobs in the United States?
People are not being paid to complete the apprenticeship programs – people who dropped out, drop out for two main reasons: 1. The job they are being trained for simply is not for them. 2. They figure out there are no jobs in their future— because of racist employment policies – no matter how much training they have. If people were being paid to receive the training and being guaranteed employment upon successfully completing training, I am sure you would find the dropout rate more like 15% to 20%.
It is not outlandish to insist people be paid for the training since those already employed in these industries receive all kind of paid training employers require.
Of course, the old racist canard of “These people don’t want to work; if we pay them to get trained they will not show up for work” will be the argument. “People not wanting to work” is the foundation of racist ideology in this country and it shows its ugly face everyplace one turns.
Needless to say, work must be done to address the failure of systems set in place by the Constitution of the United States, laws passed and government statues set up to have the ability to make sure that all men (and women) in business, no matter what race, color or creed have a fair playing ground in the United States of America.
Until this is address in an intentional why, the Black reconstruction failure of 2012 will lead into civil unrest.