CORRECTION ON INTERVIEW WITH CYNTHIA MC KINNEY
By Carolyn Baker, Ph.D.
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September 21st 2006, 3:11PM [PST] - One reason for FTW’s sterling reputation for accuracy in reporting is our conscientious fact-checking, and our willingness to correct our mistakes. In the interview with Congresswoman Cynthia Mc Kinney, she cited a New York Times study of unemployment among black males in America and stated that “nearly all black men, ages 16-64 are unemployed.” We have created a hyperlink to the Times article above, which clarifies that:
The share of young black men without jobs has climbed relentlessly, with only a slight pause during the economic peak of the late 1990's. In 2000, 65 percent of black male high school dropouts in their 20's were jobless — that is, unable to find work, not seeking it or incarcerated. By 2004, the share had grown to 72 percent, compared with 34 percent of white and 19 percent of Hispanic dropouts. Even when high school graduates were included, half of black men in their 20's were jobless in 2004, up from 46 percent in 2000.
FTW refers our readers to the study for a deeper analysis of unemployment among African American males in the United States, and we apologize for the confusion in our report.