Category Archives: Poverty

This category corresponds with the Poverty Book Discussion sponsored by the Cedar Valley Citizens for Undoing Racism commencing in the summer of 2013. The primary text to spark conversation is The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto by Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West. Comments on other texts will be featured and the discussion of poverty broadly speaking will be ongoing indefinitely.

America, Wake Up!

In the last section of the final chapter of his June 1967 book, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, Martin Luther King, Jr., focuses on the evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism. Analyzing and assessing the … Continue reading

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INCOME INEQUALITY: OBAMA V. FRANCIS

I have always admired and respected Catholic social teaching, especially with regards to helping the so-called least of these.  Concern for the needy and the disinherited in the United States and in the world has been a continuous focus of … Continue reading

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POVERTY AT HOME & ABROAD

In 1958, John Kenneth Galbraith detailed income inequality and an imbalanced economic system in his book, The Affluent Society.  People who did not actually read the text considered it a homage to what makes America great.  Contrariwise, Galbraith demonstrates that … Continue reading

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EDELMAN’S SO RICH, SO POOR, IN REVIEW

I was happy to see that Peter Edelman decided to grapple with the problem of poverty based upon his work with Sen. Robert Kennedy in the mid-to-late 1960s.  I have tremendously admired the valiant oeuvre of his spouse, Marian Wright … Continue reading

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DEALING WITH POVERTY

Cornel West has been roundly criticized for his captious remarks about the Obama presidency, despite the fact that he has also been a strong supporter of both his initial candidacy and his reelection.  Some have commented that he seems jealous … Continue reading

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