This presumption that some people -- "in inner cities, in particular" -- are lazy isn't just insulting, it's a premise used by Paul Ryan and others to justify great cruelty while ignoring the actual sources and causes of poverty.
Now that the new pope has just been named TIME Magazine's person of the year, it is time, I think, that we take at least a quick look at what he is saying, especially regarding the world's economic order, especially in his latest document issued toward the end of November.
In cities like Washington, D.C., environmental degradation has a disproportionate impact on people of color and young people. Unfortunately, more often than not, people from these communities are not included in conversations about conservation and environmental advocacy.
When Mitt Romney speaks of single parents contributing to gun violence, I believe he is speaking to me, not to white, single parents whose suburb-dwelling kids have good schools and enthusiastic teachers.