Saturday, April 21, 2012
The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto
The latest census data shows nearly one in two Americans, or 150 million people, have fallen into poverty — or could be classified as low income. Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley continue their efforts to spark a national dialog on the poverty crisis with the new book, "The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto." Smiley, an award-winning TV and radio broadcaster, says President Obama has failed to properly tackle poverty. "There seems to be a bipartisan consensus in
that the poor
just don’t matter. President Obama is a part of that," Smiley says.
"I take nothing away from his push on healthcare, but jobs for every
American should have been primary issue, number one." West, a professor of
religion and African-American studies at Washington Princeton
University, says that after the
struggles against monarchy, slavery and institutionalized racism, "the
issue today is oligarchy. Poverty is the new slavery. Oligarchs are the new
kings. They’re the new heads of this structure of domination." U.S.