The former Tottenham and Arsenal defender spent six months following young people searching for work across the country
ENGLAND HAS a “problem” with young black males (YBMs) that has led to high unemployment rates, according to former professional footballer Sol Campbell.
The 38-year-old ex-player was speaking to The Voice about his six-month experience making a BBC Panorama documentary in which he followed a group of four YBMs job-hunting throughout the country.
“What I learned is that up and down the country you have a problem with young black males,” he said.
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) says 49 per cent of YBMs aged 18 to 24 who are eligible for work are unemployed, a figure which is disputed for the Department of Work and Pensions, which claims the figure is one in six, taking into account those who are in education.
Nonetheless, the statistics are a stark reminder for the 73-time England capped defender that YBMs require more help in order to address the imbalance – the equivalent figure for white males in the age group is 21 per cent, according to the ONS.
Campbell was quick to point out responsibility is “shared” and cannot solely pinned on the unemployed.
“It’s not only on their part, it’s shared. Sometimes you can’t help yourself and get out of problems,” the ex-Gunner said.
Source: The Voice
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