I covered Black Family Day on Monday. The event celebrates Black culture but also seeks to promote strong families. Today I got a call from long-time Stockton businessman Warren Gaines. He said my story should have pointed out the larger forces that have torn Black families apart. Gaines knows those issues were discussed, because he had a turn with the main stage microphone and raised them. What he said on Sunday, in part, was “We want to know, where are the jobs for young Black people?”
I don’t have any answer for him. Many of the young people I know, of various races, are unemployed. I work in a shrinking industry, grateful that I’m one of the ones that still has a job. Without a way to work and earn a livelihood, I can’t imagine how all the do-good prorams and mentoring efforts in the world will make it possible for young people to form families.