This "gift" from LBJ (with your money, btw) fell disproportionately on blacks in America, which as a result of earlier Jim Crow laws made it difficult, if not impossible, for black Americans to fit into mainstream America. Yup, the mess created by the state and local governments via Jim Crow laws, was going to be fixed by introducing, surprise, more government into the picture, by, among other things, LBJ's Great Society.
On top of LBJ's Great Society, minimum wage laws were regularly raised, at the encouragement of unions, which made it difficult for black Americans to find jobs and gain work skills. The situation remains pretty much the same today. Unemployment for black Americans is exceptionally high and on top of it black Americans who do get jobs often end up getting jobs in the government which means they don't learn skills that the free market is looking for, but instead learn how to push paper around and be generally bureaucratic.
As LBJ's grandkids go wilding in the streets, Labor Department Secretary Hilda Solis has a comment out today on the those kids:
The unemployment rate for black workers remains unacceptably high at 16.2%. African American workers are more likely to work in the public sector than either white or Latino workers, so they’ve faced more of the burden of the continuing loss of state and local government jobs...
We also know that jobs in professional and technical services are expected to grow the fastest by 2018, but blacks are underrepresented in these industries...
[Of] particular concern for me: the high rate of black teen unemployment. In May 2011, the black teen unemployment rate was 40.7%.
|Black unemployment by state. Click on chart for larger view.|