If you want to see the kinds of things that are coming in my email inbox everyday and why I am so passionate about us fighting the black unemployment problem, please read this letter below in order to get a sense of how black people all over America are suffering.
We do not have to suffer in silence, but the reactions from many politicians in Washington seem to imply that if we ignore the suffering of others, its as if they do not exist. We must deal with black unemployment.
The letter is below:
Dr Watkins, I was on welfare when I had my first child 45 years ago. Yesterday I had to file for food stamps. The same humility that I went through 45 years ago I am going through now. It hurts. Welfare put me through school, paid for a car and paid an agency for the job that I got 45 years ago. I was only in the system for 2 years. I have sustained myself for 43 years, I got married in 1971 (40 years ago) I have 2 more now grown children. I have worked in the medical billing field for the past 40 years. I was laid off my job with the _________ Hospital 3 years ago when the hospital was sold and I have not been able at my age to get another job. I am now on social security getting $940 a month. My husband is receiving Social security Medicare $ 1092.00 per month. We are trying to maintain our mortgage payment of $1916.73 per month. We cannot make it. We applied for the ________program to our lender _________Bank and after exhausting many many pieces of paper faxed and re-faxed to them they turned us down and said we do not make enough money. I want to sue _________Mortgage and _________, please tell me how do I do this? The people on a fixed income have no chance. The programs are against us. Please help me I am so angry.