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Race and Economic Recovery: Can We Cross The Colorlines

Updated on November 11, 2012

Can We Cross the Colorlines

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Racism and Discrimination in the Jobs and Housing Market

This film documents the struggle of peoples of color who are doing their best to cope with the current economic recovery as define by government through its green stimulus programs. The government claims success in creating jobs, but for whom is this success a reality. This 30 minute film explores these issue and it's possible solutions.

It seems as though the solutions to problems faced by people of color can only be found by those whose lives are at stake, and not by legislator who seem ignorant to the true nature of what works and what doesn't. While 30% of green jobs are held by black and hispanic men, statistics show that less than 3% of these jobs are held by women. Consequently, government assistance to women who are single and have children, only last for limited periods of time and training is inadequate to help these women and their children achieve any form of economic security so as to successfully rise above the assistance being offered by these programs. Rather than offer programs that would assist these women in obtaining employment that would helped them to sustain themselves and their children. The training they receive is aim at obtaining, applying, and following up with the job search only. This both redundant and pointless many feel as the solution to their economic situations. Why should people color who lack a high school education or college degree be subjected to low paying jobs that do not allow them to rise to a middle class level of living, and why are there no programs to educate and train them for better paying jobs that could help them to become contributors to society and the economy instead of being stereotyped as being lazy and welfare dependent.

Even more important in the job sector, the jobs that many of these people apply for an never receive, are they being denied to people of color because they don't possess the necessary job qualifications, or are the jobs being given to those who possess the educational degrees or receive the necessary training to get those higher paying jobs being denied to the poor.

The proposed housing solutions are also inadequate, such as section eight housing programs that actually put these women and their children in living situations that are not equitable to creating a middle class society. I'm sure that if legislators had to face these same conditions they would not subject their own families to such conditions.

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