Made Visible: Women, Children and Poverty
Dr. Julianne Malveaux | 3/22/2012, 4:38 p.m.
The Made Visible conversation was only a first step, and it was an important step. Tavis and his "talkfests" often bring hidden issues to light, and this is a great example of such an occurrence. He indicated that this is the first time he has presided over a panel of all women, and hopefully it will not be the last. And with his tour, book, and call to action (he calls it a poverty manifesto), he is laying out possibilities for next steps.
Here is the bottom line - while the economy seems to be recovering, that recovery is not trickling down. More than 43 percent of the unemployed have been jobless for more than half a year. The reported unemployment rate is a special kind of fiction - the "real" unemployment rate is more than 14 percent for everyone, more than 25 percent for African Americans. This has been the case for at least two years. We can't compete with other countries with the drag of poverty, lack of access to education, and the notion that "austerity" will improve our national prospect. Policymaker ought to tune into the Tavis PBS show on March 28, 29, and 30, when excerpts of this conversation will air.
Dr. Julianne Malveaux is President of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina