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An economic burden...or gift?

There is little question how badly the state of the national, and even global, economy has affected job employment. But does being part of a minority group paint a bigger target, for good or ill?

For those dreading that pink slip every morning due to downsizing, could one's diversity serve to make you a liability, or a needed resource? Likewise, when trying to apply for a position, does "the race issue" act as a trump card or a ?handicap?

Of course, the ideal answer is that race should provide neither advantage or detriment. Race shouldn't be an issue at all. But between affirmative action efforts and any lingering traces of segregation, the shadow of race still holds some sway.

How has it affected you? Let us know in the comments.

Welcome to the New Black Perspective

With a new look comes new features and content, but our mission remains the same: advancing the inclusion and advancement of African-Americans for America's workforce.

It is 2011. A new decade in a new millenium, and minority inclusion has come a long way. Many companies now actively recruit African-Americans without hesitation or special emphasis. Thanks to affirmative action, even those employers who might still balk from hiring African-Americans must now comply with federal regulations demanding such. Equal opportunity has allowed both men and women of color to find jobs with minimal obstruction. Meanwhile within the workplace the glass ceiling has thinned and breaking it is easier than ever.

But we're not done yet.  Because it isn't just about legal diversity, it is about recognizing the talent and abilities in the African-American community. It is about businesses tapping into the resources, perspectives, and insights of more people whether they be minorities or the majority. It is about finding careers for more people, regardless of whether they are African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, Native American, or whatever else.

Diversity advancement isn't just about job placement. Education is, and always will be, an all-important priority. Scholarships, open houses, college recommendations — these are all resources to be tapped. Countless organizations across the nation provide help benefits and programs for individuals in need. We gather these resources in one place for you. Check up on job fairs and career expos near you, find training and education, and stay up to date with the latest news. Education isn't just about schooling, it is about knowledge.

Job information and specifications, career listings, business advice, job-seeking tips, these are all bits of knowledge and in today's Information Age knowledge is power. We display the knowledge you need so you can take it as wisdom to the workplace.

Come. Learn. Thrive.

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