Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined via Skype journalists Rahiel Tesfamariam and Mychal Denzel Smith in a discussion of youth violence and poverty in the United States and the lack attention given to these issues in the 2012 Presidential Election.
Policy reform will follow from the will of the people. It's not time to stop the protests, but year one of the movement is a success because its ideals have captured the attention of the American people and our representatives.
Just as Romney's 47% number is not evidence of a massive breakdown of society, the 12% average decline in household incomes in the wake of the 2008 collapse may not actually be evidence of a widespread collapse in family incomes.
This week marks the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. And this week we turn to Sense and Sensibility, which features some of the very same indignities that ignited last year's protests.
There is something inimitable about the kind of communitarian environment Occupy creates when it manages to hold a space. The fact that Occupy cultivates vibrant social scenes doesn't undermine its seriousness -- it ensures its effectiveness.
With Occupy, remarkable things have already happened, and more remarkable systemic change could be ahead. Remember that many of the effects of what has already happened are incalculable, and more of what is being accomplished will only be clear further down the road.
Many people think Occupy has been a failure. Hundreds of parks and plazas around the country are no longer occupied, and we are no longer in the mainstream news, and people are saying that we do not have a plan. But these seem like the wrong metrics.
Why is it that Occupy Wall Street is such a sad caricature of itself these days if the need is just as pressing? It's not for a lack of material. And it certainly shouldn't be for a lack of motivation. That's why it's so disappointing.