Poverty, Youth Violence and the Anniversary of The Occupy Movement on October 1st Left of Black
As the 2012 Presidential Election season went into high gear, several issues, notably the poverty rate in the United States and the apparent rise of youth violence in American cities like Chicago, were nowhere to be found on the agendas and talking points of either Presidential candidate.
With the anniversary of the Occupy Movement as backdrop, journalists Rahiel Tesfamariam and Mychal Denzel Smith join Left of Black via Skype, to discuss these and other issues, including Jay Z’s dismissive remarks about the goals of The Occupy Movement and Mitt Romney’s now infamous comments about the so-called “47%.”
Tesfamariam is founder & Editorial Director of the on-line magazine Urban Cusp and a blogger and columnist for The Washington Post and The Root DC, and Smith is a freelance writer, social commentator, and mental health advocate whose work has been seen at The Atlantic, The Nation, The Guardian, Ebony, Huffington Post, The Root and The Grio.
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