By Cornel West, Tavis Smiley
List unemployment and rampant company avarice, empty homes yet homeless households, dwindling possibilities in an more and more paralyzed nation—these are the realities of 21st-century the US, land of the unfastened and residential of the hot center classification bad. Award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West, one of many nation’s best democratic intellectuals, co-hosts of Public Radio’s Smiley & West , now tackle the “P” word—poverty.
The wealthy and the remainder of Us is the next move within the trip that started with “The Poverty travel: a choice to Conscience.” Smiley and West’s 18-city bus journey gave voice to the plight of impoverished american citizens of all races, shades, and creeds. With a hundred and fifty million american citizens repeatedly bad or close to negative, the top numbers in over 5 a long time, Smiley and West argue that now could be the time to confront the underlying stipulations of systemic poverty in the United States prior to it’s too late.
By putting the eradication of poverty within the context of the nation’s maximum moments of social transformation— corresponding to the abolition of slavery, woman’s suffrage, and the hard work and civil rights movements—ending poverty is certain to become America’s twenty first -century civil rights struggle.
As the center category disappears and the protection internet is shredded, Smiley and West, development at the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., ask us to confront our worry and complacency with 12 poverty altering rules. They problem us to reassess our assumptions approximately poverty in America—what it truly is and the way to put off it now.
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Extra resources for The Rich And The Rest Of Us: A Poverty Manifesto
Firstly, the New Labour government has responded to the increasing spatial concentrations of poverty and inequality by introducing a plethora of area-based policies to deal with the lack of opportunities in deprived areas. Many of the chapters focus on New Labour’s area-based policies and draw attention to the ecological fallacy and how it may be an unsound basis on which to build social policy (Chapters Two, Four, Five, Six and Seven). The second theme of the book is the use and interpretation of official statistics.
According to the recent Treasury document Tackling poverty and extending opportunity: “People living in the most deprived areas are more likely than average to have no qualifications. This makes them much less likely to be able to take advantage of work opportunities” (HM Treasury, 1999, p 15). A concentration of people with few educational skills and qualifications, who are therefore less employable, threatens to undermine the government’s strategy towards a more inclusive society. There are also characteristics of deprived areas themselves that mean people who live there have fewer opportunities than those in better-off areas: “Physical isolation can mean that there are few work or training opportunities locally, and transport links may be poor.
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