Thanks for nothing: Despite promises, blacks lag behind in Obama economy

Having the nation’s first black president in office for the past four years has done little to improve the economic lots of black Americans, who experienced greater unemployment than whites during the Great Recession of 2007-2009 and a slower recovery since then.
President Obama on Wednesday spoke eloquently of his hopes to advance the fortunes for those of his own race. But his proposals to promote their welfare — through legislation providing greater income support and education for the children of blacks and other disadvantaged minorities, raising the minimum wage, and creating jobs building roads, bridges and other infrastructure — have gone nowhere in a divided Congress dominated by worries about the budget.
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