Everybody talks about the beating the American middle class has taken in the Great Recession. And it’s real. But what you really didn’t want to be in this recession is poor. Poverty has been the word politicians have scrambled to avoid as the economy keeled over.
But it is there. It is big. And a whole lot of once-middle-class families are now part of it too. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney may not want to talk much about it, but Tavis Smiley and Cornel West do. They’re raising a ruckus. Calling out a crisis.
This hour, On Point: Cornel West and Tavis Smiley on America’s poverty reality.