As U.S. poverty climbs to a level unseen in nearly half a century, Smiley and West challenge politicians to address the needs of America’s poor during the 2012 election season.
Award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley and one of the nation’s leading democratic intellectuals, Cornel West, challenge us to examine our assumptions about poverty in America – what it really is and how to eliminate it now!
The truth about poverty must be affirmed. Like a man with a knife in his back staggering along a crowded street without aid, the poor have been stabbed with the blade of indifference. We must acknowledge the pain and stop the bleeding. Affirmation leads to validation, which compels us to action.
What happens when the poor don’t look poor? With 150 million (1 out of every 2) Americans now classified as poor, near poor, or new poor—chances are the person on your right side or your left side at the checkout counter is see-sawing near the poverty line.
How can America be “first” —if the least among us are our last collective concern? What does it say about the priorities of a nation that allows 53 percent of its children—the most vulnerable and valuable among us—to live in or near poverty?
Tavis Smiley and Dr. West are challenged by none other than Stephen Colbert to a duel of wit! Watch the video here.
Tavis Smiley and Professor Cornel West join Morning Joe to discuss their book “The Rich and the Rest of Us,” on their “Poverty Tour 2.0″ in four swing states, and why they believe the politicians need to make this country’s poor a priority.
PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley said on “Face the Nation” Sunday that poverty in America “threatens our very democracy,” and that it threatens our national security.
Tavis Smiley and Cornel West discuss their latest poverty tour through key battleground states (OH, VA, PA and FL) to draw attention to the rising poverty rate and engage voters “in hopes that President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney will make poverty their number one priority.”