Okay, let me do a bit of interpreting for you. In CBC-speak, that means they want jobs set aside for black workers — in other words, racial preferences.

Later this month, television talk show host Tavis Smiley will assemble black leaders in Chicago to discuss whether Obama — the president of the United States – should sign up to serve their black agenda.

Who will some of the panelists be? Among them will be Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Jesse Jackson, the ever-wordy academic Michael Eric Dyson, and Mr. Public Intellectual himself … Cornel West. Hey, maybe CNN’s Tony West will show up to “impartially” cover the event.

By the way — don’t expect any black conservatives to speak at this event. Alternative perspectives are … what’s the word I’m searching for … oh yes, unwelcome.

How will Obama respond to these demands that he dance to the tune being sung by race advocates? We’ll soon find out. To Obama’s credit, when pressed earlier on this issue, he responded: “I think it’s a mistake to start thinking in terms of particular ethnic segments of the United States rather than to think that we are all in this together and we are all going to get out of this together.”

At least he got that right.

It’s the lazy — and frankly ignorant — approach to argue that black jobless rates equate with racism, as CNN’s Tony Harris did.

I know that facts are like kryptonite to liberals, but here goes:

  • According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, by the 12th grade — on average — black students are four years behind those who are Asian and white.
  • According to the Census, nearly half of black Americans have never been married.
  • Nearly 10 million black families lived in the country in 2007, but nearly one-third of these families were single mothers with children under 18.
    20 percent of black families were grandparents raising their grandchildren.
  • Nearly half of young black children living with a single mom are poor.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 94 percent of all blacks killed between 1976 and 1999 were killed by other blacks.

What’s the importance of these statistics? Well, they show that the issue of black joblessness rests on many complicated and sometimes uncomfortable factors. Some of these factors are education levels, cultural attitudes, family stability, and safe neighborhoods — things that can contribute to making a person employable … or not.

When you examine all the factors involved, it becomes clear that knee-jerk claims about black joblessness and racism are largely a smoke screen.

The bottom line is that there is really no such thing as black, Latino, Asian, or white unemployment. There is simply a painful lack of jobs for all-too-many Americans. The solution will be an economic recovery that includes jobs growth for all workers — regardless of their ethnic background or skin color.

Liberal race baiting by CNN talking heads, and others, plays no role in this solution.