Algernon Austin is a scholar with Demos, a progressive public policy think-tank based in New York City. Austin said the CBC’s budget would aid Blacks who are under or un-employed. “While the country’s unemployment rate is 4.4 percent, in many places, [for Blacks] it is double that of Whites,” Austin said. Blacks have the lowest employment rate of any of the major racial-ethnic groups. The Black unemployment rate is higher today than in 2000 and then you had 500,000 more Blacks working than now.”
Austin notes that the CBC budget should be implemented because it calls for racial equity in future infrastructure and investments; improving public transit infrastructure, noting that people of color are heavy users of it; and school infrastructure, saying that modernized buildings held reduce achievements gaps.