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The Rich And The Rest Of Us: A Poverty Manifesto Paperback – April 17, 2012
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From his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders as a broadcaster, author, advocate, and philanthropist, Tavis Smiley continues to be an outstanding voice for change. Currently, Smiley hosts the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS; The Tavis Smiley Show, distributed by Public Radio International (PRI); and is a co-host of Smiley & West (PRI). He is the first American to simultaneously host signature talk shows on both public television and public radio. In addition to his radio and television work, Smiley has authored 16 books, including his New York Times bestselling memoir What I Know For Sure and the book he edited, the #1 New York Times bestseller, Covenant with Black America. He is also the presenter and creative force behind America I AM: The African American Imprint—an unprecedented and award-winning traveling museum exhibition celebrating the extraordinary impact of African American contributions to our nation and to the world. In 2009, Tavis Smiley was named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
Educator and philosopher Cornel West is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. Known as one of America’s most gifted, provocative, and important democratic intellectuals, he is the author of the contemporary classic Race Matters, which changed the course of America’s dialogue on race and justice; the New York Times bestseller Democracy Matters; and the memoir Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. He is the author of 17 other texts and the recipient of the American Book Award. West holds more than 20 honorary degrees, and will return this fall as Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
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The work is thick with historical accounts mingled with quotes from thought leaders and supplemented with statistics and data. Such evidence bolsters the credibility of the authors’ claims—not like the choir to whom Smiley and West preach to need to be convinced.
Smiley and West often discuss how politicians fail to attend to the needs of the poor in the U.S. They illustrate how “the institutionalized precedent of greed” empowers one percent of the nation’s population to control 42% of its wealth (Smiley and West 2012:7). The theme of the evidence is, most simply, then versus now. Comparisons are drawn between how money used to be better distributed; how more people used to be given government aid as a means to rise from poverty; how politicians used to advocate for the poor and no longer do… and the list goes on.
Much of The Rich and the Rest of Us contains personal stories of real people who have struggled with living in poverty. Many of these stories derived from Smiley and West’s “Poverty Tour,” where they traveled across the U.S. to put a face to poverty. In sharing stories from their Poverty Tour, Smiley and West elucidate attitudes which cannot be as complexly explained through data and history. Smiley and West recount how a resident of a town which they visited on their tour did not want the authors in town because she claimed there was no poverty there. The authors go on to explain that “affirming poor people is dangerous” because it allows the non-poor to understand that anyone can become impoverished at any time—which can be scary to accept (Smiley and West 2012:73).
To conclude their diagnoses of the causes and symptoms of poverty, Smiley and West delve into twelve solutions to help solve to poverty epidemic. These suggestions include increasing wages to keep them aligned with the rate of inflation; creating a twenty-first century jobs plan to compensate for the loss of manufacturing jobs; overhauling the racist prison system; and ending tax break loopholes.
I would recommend this book for anyone seeking to learn about the history and experience of poverty in the United States. The Rich and the Rest of Us interweaves informed pulls to the head and the heart to present a compelling case on the plight of the poor in the U.S.
The book isn't a feel-good story, it's a can-do story of ideas and information for the average person to know and think about. Hopefully if enough of us can put our head's together we can find a way to help those who are less fortunate than us and in doing so uplift all of us.
Thanks for reading and have a nice day!
Also dealing with employment for us poor people as stated on page170-171 "Despite talk of the job market's seeming recovery, it remains harder than ever to find work in America. For many, having a job is still not enough. Even as corporate profits have soared (with 40 percent going to big banks), more adults are in poverty than ever before. Middle class jobs are vanishing. In 2011, high-wage industries accounted for only 14 percent of new jobs. Meanwhile, low-wage work made up almost half of all the job growth. Close to 9 million people said they were working part-time only because they could not find full-time employment. We can no longer judge anyone who is living poor in America as someone who is lazy or who has made a series of avoidable bad choices. Such pat indictments and stereotypes obscure a fundamental truth: there is poverty of opportunity in America. America no longer has enough work for able-bodied people, and too many working people are not paid a living wage. The catastrophic downward spiral created by the Great Recession and exacerbated by the unfair tax exemptions on America's wealthiest 1 percent has now sentenced millions to the unenviable ranks of those who have lost the ability to earn a living in America."
The corporate media owned and controlled by the 1% are constantly feeding us lies about poverty in America but the truth is this, starting on page 171-175 "It took the Great Recession to make poverty a real threat to the American Psyche. When folk who didn't fit the stereotype started losing their businesses, jobs, and homes, and had to rely on government handouts, they took notice." On page 173-175 "TEN LIES ABOUT POVERTY THAT AMERICA CAN NO LONGER AFFORD:..............................." If you want to know what these 10 lies are you will have to buy and read this book every poor person in America should use this book as a guideline manual for the fight against poverty.