As has been the case since the recession began, African American joblessness is at a higher rate than any other demographic group in the country. For November, the black unemployment rate was 16 percent, lower than September's rate of 16.1, but a good bit higher than October's rate of 15.7.
But there is a real way to save the Obama presidency: by challenging him in the 2012 presidential primaries with a candidate who would unambiguously commit to a well-defined progressive agenda and contrast it with the Obama administration's policies. [...]
Far from weakening his chances for reelection, this kind of progressive primary challenge could save Obama if he moves in the desired direction. And if he holds firm to his current track, he's a goner anyway.
As a quick addendum to last week's post on the Confederacy and slavery, I wanted to highlight a few passages from the Constitution of the Confederacy, which is mostly like the United States Constitution, with a few important differences. Namely, slavery. Here is Article I, Section 9:
No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.