RACISM

Why “Black Jobs” Suggests Black People Are Only Fit For Certain Jobs

This is not a matter of ability but opportunity

Allison Wiltz
6 min readJun 28, 2024

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Just as scientists can detect the presence of a black hole without seeing it with the naked eye, Black people can recognize racism expressed under the thin guise of concern. Comments made by former President Trump at last night’s presidential debate illustrate this point. Trump claimed President Biden’s immigration policies harm Black Americans — “His big kill on Black people is the millions of people that he’s allowed to come in through the border. They’re taking black jobs.” While he made a pitch to Black Americans, he executed this plan with the grace of a bull in a china shop.

First and foremost, his rhetoric fed into the “great replacement theory,” popular among white nationalists, which suggests immigrants are replacing American citizens. However, there is no evidence to suggest that’s actually happening. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate was 4% in 2023, indicating the majority of adults are gainfully employed. Americans are putting in the work, but far too many are living check-to-check, and the cost of living is rising. The problem Trump and many other White Americans seem to miss in discussions about the low Black unemployment rate is the role low…

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Allison Wiltz

Black womanist Scholar bylines @ Momentum, Oprah Daily, ZORA, GEN, EIC of Cultured #WEOC Founder allisonthedailywriter.com https://ko-fi.com/allyfromnola