The Problem We All Live With by Norman Rockwell

The Problem We All Live With by Norman Rockwell
Ruby Bridges attends school in New Orleans.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tidbits: More Stuff In the News & On the Air

Tim Wise, author of White Like Me discusses his latest book, Colorblind, on the June 28, 2010 Tavis Smiley program.

I caught the final two minutes of their conversation when they considered whether President Obama was politically unable to address issues seen as favoring minorities. Smiley mentioned that there are some people who consider the President's health care reform bill to be reparation paid to blacks. (THAT one floored me.)

That's when Wise said it is therefore imperative for white people like him to speak out against racism and for equality at every opportunity. He can respond to hate, nonsense, bias, lies - all of it - without being painted as having 'a Black agenda' or a secretive scheme. The link above leads to audio from the June 28 Smiley program as well as links to Wise's official site.

Also recently heard on NPR was Gary Rivlin discussing his book, Broke USA From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. - How the Working Poor Became Big Business. It was a fascinating discussion about pawnshops, rent to own retailers and the $40-billion-a-year payday cash advance industry. He points out how the working poor are the only ones using these services and are charged interest rates that are illegal in every other business.

Again, food for thought.

Happy reading, happy summer!! OK, so much of this reading won't be 'happy'.... Peace.

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