NAACP Tells Obama: Focus on Jobs

Monday, 13 Jun 2011 04:18 PM

By Dan Weil

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It’s not just those on the right who are criticizing President Barack Obama for lack of action to create more jobs. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) says both the Obama administration and Congress must do more, with unemployment at 9.1 percent, The Hill reports.

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NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous
“We first and foremost want them to pay attention to the economy and the high rates of joblessness in the black community,” NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous told reporters last week. “It is unacceptable for us to be 2½ years into a recession and still be fighting for Congress to accept responsibility to get working-class people back into this economy.” 

As for Obama, “The sense on the street, and I just came back from meeting folks in Harlem for instance, the sense on the street is that the administration should be harder and more aggressive on this,” he said.

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