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04/04/2013 02:14 pm ET Updated Apr 08, 2013

Robert L. Johnson, BET Founder, Gives President Obama Pass On Unemployment (VIDEO)

In recent weeks BET founder, Robert L. Johnson, has voiced his opinion over the unemployment gap between African-Americans and Caucasian Americans.

Johnson extended his campaign during a recent appearance on “The O'Reilly Factor,” where he touched on reasons behind President Obama’s receiving continuous support in spite of the nation’s current unemployment statistics.

“African-Americans have immense pride in President Obama as a president. They see it as a major accomplishment in this country and embracing an African-American leader,” he admitted. “And they’re positive and hopeful, probably, more than anything, that his leadership will make their lives better.”

The business mogul, who is currently the founder and chairman of investment company The RLJ Companies also attributed race as the cause to the significant gap.

“I have been in business all of my life. I have been quite successful as you might know. But I will tell you this. There are thousands, millions of African- Americans who have the talent, the work ethic, the integrity, the ingenuity to be successful in jobs or in business,” he asserted.

“But you have to admit that any time you have a situation for 50 years, dating back to the Civil Rights Movement, when African-Americans were making huge gains and fair employment and housing and legislation was enacted we spent more money on education than any time in the African- American history, there is something here more than just the failure of the family or the failure of an individual African-American to pursue a job. It has to do with the fact that this -- this question of race discrimination still lingers on.”

Check out Johnson’s segment on “The O'Reilly Factor” in its entirety in the clip above.

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