While in Jamaica and chilling in the cool temperature I saw the headline and the news report out of the UK that Almost one in five black men in Britain is now out of work as the recession bites, and charities have seen a flood of requests for help from ethnic minorities struggling to find a job.
This is a hot issue as it does raise an awareness of how society is today and what the future holds. It is crucial to the family the role of the man, but it should also be placed in proper perspective that at the same time society is reducing the role of the man and at the same time placing pressure on the male and family for the ills of the young boys.
Someone posted on my facebook the following “but what proportion of the 20 percent have ever worked or even want to work? And furthermore, how do you intend to reach their youth”
That is very interesting how do we reach them? How do we plug the gap and reverse the trend?
One recommendation by another post was as follows was for trying role-reversal, she said she is sure most of these young men have children and a lot probably do not pay towards their upbringing-especially if they are out of work. Run a trial-Let the men become house-husbands and let the females see if they can find jobs.
While I may not agree with the term house-husbands it is evident that there is the need for different strategies in dealing with the amount of black men who are out of job as there will be disastrous implications.
With an election looming the family should be at the center of any major policies by the main stream parties. If not we have a duty to ensure that such is forthcoming.