CNN’s John D. Sutter wrote a really fantastic piece exploring the persistent wealth inequality within a town only 4 hours away from my native New Orleans.
“The most unequal place in America” explores how class divisions in Lake Providence, La., create this empathy gap furthering an economic chasm harming the East Carroll Parish, an area with what the Census Bureau deems as the nation’s highest level of income inequality.
With the recent government shut down, there has been a renewed interest from conservatives in the lives and practices of those who receive any and all forms of government aid. A recent addition to these attacks has been people who work minimum and/or low wage jobs. In a discussion that went from last night to midday today, a group of people tried convincing me that people were only in minimum wage jobs because they want to be and have no right to complain because better paying jobs are abundant. Needless to say, I felt like I was in the twilight zone. The lack of logic or nuance in this argument was mind numbing. They all refused to consider the fact that some people live in areas of the country where diverse jobs are not plentiful, the notion that some people work in minimum wage jobs while in college or job…
Peers, friends and family all know of my passion for learning African American history in addition to the larger context of the African Diaspora. Killing two birds with one stone is always a treat in college. But some treats are so sweet that they leave budget-breaking cavities.
I must make a confession: I only ate the cream filling of Oreo cookies as a child. In fact, I didn’t like the chocolate cookie at all. I’m not really alone in liking only one aspect of the cookie, and yet something about Oreo keeps us picky eaters coming back for more. I think this guy understands.
Fortunately for me, I don’t have to become a physicist and build an apparatus to only eat the cream. That’s because when Oreo began launching all sorts of flavors, my favorite Oreo’s Golden Oreos from the 2004 launch, my 12-year-old dreams were fulfilled.