As a much older white guy, I can't presume to really know your situation all that well. But since you've asked for advice, I'll share my thoughts.
It's not all about being black, Lou. You're looking for work during a time of high unemployment all around. And you're a teenager with probably little work experience, while lots of more experienced people are also looking. But that doesn't mean being black has nothing to do with it. Assuming you're in the USA, if you're looking in a place where few employers are black, you might encounter some discrimination based on fears and assumptions about black men. If you're looking in a more heavily black area, many of those are also economically troubled with even higher unemployment rates. Either way, it's not exactly because you are a black man, but because many other people - and the economic structure itself - are racially biased, sometimes even when they don't intend to be.
But being a black man is not all about having a hard time. I bet there are some personal strengths that you've developed as a black man in this world, and maybe a network of connections, too, with adults and youths. And besides that, Lou, there's more to you than just being a black man. It's important to identify the positive things you have going for you, and the things you can do something about (like education, volunteer experience, habits, etc.), so you can draw on them to help you chart your way.
I'd say it completely depends on your employer-to-be and whether they have negative stereotypes about black men or not.
If you find a possible employer who does not have negative stereotypes about black men, then the colour of your skin will probably not make a difference at all. Plus you'll have a good time working there.
If you came to my country, most people would have a set of stereotypes about US-Americans but they won't bother inventing a different set of stereotypes for black and white US-Americans. You'd possibly have language problems though. (Ooops, now that's my stereotypical thinking... *slap-myself*)
That's great, Chris. What kinds of certifications? I'm sure you know, the college can be exactly the kind of network I meant. Don't be shy about asking everyone there you can think of - not only about places you might find work, but even more importantly about who else they can refer you to for you to speak with. That's a way you can expand your network of relationships with people who know your field. Don't just send out resumes!
Because simply put you are in the wrong country. Come to South Africa, here white males above a certain age have trouble finding jobs. Unfortunately you are the minority in your country, just like I am in mine and you will not at this stage have the equal opportunity you desire.
Because there are so many crazy African American males (and females) in the world its hard to tell them apart from the bad ones. Often people still won't hire African Americans because they have somthing against them... Good luck :D
Yeah I may be young but i got more cetifications then most people. I'll be graduating Le Roche College next month. I highly educated. so there shouldnt be anything holding me back.
Because it seems like more African Americans are crazy compared to white people..But I totally see what your saying :D
theres alot of crazy white people too, i dont undrrstand why some people thonk its only african americans? :/ lol
thats why i rather staying in the modeling business
Your a model? Cool :D