The commenter reflects on the recently published Huffington Post article, Solving Poverty: Poverty is the new Racism


16 hours ago ( 7:02 PM)

“I’ve read a lot of articles that touched on race and class differences in America lately. I am one of the unfortunate few sociology majors that plans on pursuing a graduate education in my field so it’s naturally a pretty large focus in my reading diet. I have to say that this is one of the only articles I have seen written lately that actually addressed the issue in a manner that didn’t seem driven by either guilt or antagonism. Another article I had just read (by a professor, no less) here on Huff actually made me quite depressed today because of it’s blatantly ethnocentric approach which intentionally excluded whites.

I personally feel that because we have gotten used to either obsequious liberal whites or brazenly racist conservatives there has been too little room for dialogue that is genuinely moderate on the topic of equality in America. As someone who identifies as Asian and Black I am frequently embarrassed by writers who honestly believe that if a socioeconomic theory doesn’t completely generalize/shame/insult every single white person alive it can’t possibly be accurate. I really feel that many self proclaimed “community advocates” and “civil rights leaders” and even worse, actual ones, have made a habit of using “us versus them” dialogue with deaf ears and this was a stunning reminder that it’s not all bad.”

John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass) the only African-American bestselling business author in the U.S., and is chairman of the Subcommittee for the Under-Served and Community Empowerment for the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, for President Barack Obama. Mr. Bryant is the co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the U.S. He is also a co-founder of Global Dignity with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland. Global Dignity is affiliated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum. Mr. Bryant serves on the board of directors of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation, an NYSE Euronext publicly traded company, and a division of $54 billion Ares Capital.

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