In 1968, CBS Reports showed a documentary called “Hunger in America.” The film illustrated the face of late ’60s poverty: uneducated, unemployed men and women raising skinny-legged kids in run-down shacks. Senior citizens and children were the worst affected. One in 20 Americans at the time struggled with hunger, a figure just above the unemployment rate.
America has been fighting poverty for more than 50 years. It’s a continuous, uphill battle, but Peter Edelman insists that, despite the 46 million people living below the poverty line, Americans have not lost the fight. Keeping the beast at bay has been a success, and there is hope on the horizon. The nation just has to band together in political and civil cooperation to make it happen.
What is the moral challenge posed by high rates of incarceration, and as racial inequalities in the U.S. persist, what is there to do about it? Economist and professor of social sciences Glenn C. Loury has asked himself this question and posed a similar one in a recent lecture titled “Beyond Civil Rights: “What’s a Self-Respecting ‘Black’ Intellectual to Do in the Face of Persistent Racial Inequality in the United States?” Loury will speak at 2 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy.