BET founder Bob Johnson appears on O’Reilly Factor and actually makes sense

When I first saw that Bob Johnson was discussing President Obama with Bill O’Reilly I must say I expected some Obama bashing, but I was pleasantly surprised by his comments and I must say I agree with him on some them. He points out the fact that unemployment in the black community is 14% and this country would not tolerate white unemployment at that rate. Compare that to white unemployment is 7%. Why aren’t black people calling for the presidnet’s head on a platter? They love him and they hope things will get better. O’Reilly attempted to bring the fact that there are fewer fathers in the black homes, but Johnson conceded that might be a factor, but it was not the only factor. Johnson made a number of other points worthy of discussion. Watch the clip and share your thoughts.

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  • elogam  On April 6, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Johnson was doing well until he went flying off the rails with his “institutional racism” rant. No, it’s not the self-inflicted wounds of 50% high school dropouts, it’s not 70% illegitimate births which oftentimes come from fathers not committed to their children as deeply as they should (and paying child support isn’t the extent of what children need; they need a father there to help them succeed.) It’s not inferior government schools that the teacher’s unions FORCE underprivileged minorities to attend. It’s not the lack of role models that influence children to be successful instead of being victims. It’s “schemes perpetrated by ‘The Man’ keepin’ a brotha down”. Give me a break! There are companies looking diligently to hire black workers, and not just for window dressing. But they want QUALIFIED candidates, and if half your kids don’t have a high school education, and the half that DO have one have a sub-standard one, the odds are against you. I wonder what Mr. Johnson, himself a successful entrepreneur, has done as far as providing seed money to promising black businesses? I’m not saying this as an accusation, I sincerely want to know. If “access to capital” is indeed a problem then it’s one we can handle internally, just like Asians have for decades. Get families together, vet business plans, invest long-term and help them grow. If you can do hair, get family support behind you and handle business like business. Hire the best and the brightest to help you succeed and give back to the community. When you own your tenth beauty salon, start investing seed money into other startups, giving business advice along the way. Time to stop accepting excuses and blaming “The Man”.

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