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Mon Aug 7, 2017, 12:12 PM

Republican "Equal Opportunity" - Pay No Attention to the Outcome

(Beware the Alabamafication of America!)

Source: al.com, by John Archibald

In 2015 in Alabama, that pro-business bastion of growth and economic opportunity, there were 66,691 businesses with paid employees - or one for every 73 Alabamians, according to the Census.

We're not talking mom and pops here, the ones that keep it all in the family and eat on what they earn. We're talking businesses with payroll, with at least one worker who counts on it for survival.

In Alabama there were but 2,151 firms with employees owned by black people. That's one company for every 2,260 Alabamians. Or one for every 582 black people.

Alabama is more than a quarter black, but black-owned businesses - with employees - amount to 3 percent of all companies. Just 3 percent. It's nothing. You know it because Alabama pays more than 3 percent in sales tax without complaint.

But - and here's the real reason these statistics are so telling - Alabama is not the worst. Not even close.

Its percentage of black-owned businesses is enough to rank ninth best nationally. Black-owned businesses with employees, across the whole country in 2015, made up just 2 percent of all businesses.

Read it all at: http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/08/black_people_cant_win_until_th.html#incart_river_home_pop

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