Black Workers

Majority of black workers support universal basic income for those displaced by automation


By Frederick H. Lowe


An overwhelming percentage of black workers support free college or free job training if they are displaced from their jobs by automation.

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a think tank for black elected officials, reported 85 percent of African Americans supported this position, followed by 78 percent of Asian Americans,75 percent of Latinos and 70 percent of whites.

Blacks, Asians and Latinos also support a universal basic income and a government guarantee of jobs as solutions to job displacement.

Andrew Yang, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, has touted the universal basic income during his campaign. Universal basic income is a guaranteed income given to citizens or residents of a particular country on a regular basis.

This income is provided by the government or a publicly owned institution. Providing a steady income to the low and middle class, supplying a monetary cushion for job seekers.

Universal Basic income is being tested in Stockton, California.

McKinsey & Company has predicted that robots will replace 800 million workers around the world by 2030. Most of the jobs on the chopping block are repetitive.

The Joint Center, headquartered in Washington, D.C., included the results in 2018’s survey of 2,000 black, Latino, Asian and white workers on the future of work. The Joint Center published the report in July.



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