Dean Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., appeared on the Sept. 19 broadcast of CNN American Morning, commenting on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent remarks on the economy and civil unrest in England and other parts of the world.
Comments from the story:
“We have not yet had unrest…I think the one thing that has made America a little different is that people always had hope, and here in California, the so-called Golden State, we thought we always had hope and now people are feeling really quite hopeless, and that is dangerous.”
“I think what’s absolutely amazing is that it took the Mayor of New York City to even bring this question to the floor.”
On the topic of America’s “safety net,” Gilliam said, “Well, it seems to not make a lot of common sense to want to destroy the safety net at the very time we are experiencing the greatest degree of income inequality and it is spreading, no doubt about it.”
“This isn’t poor people in the inner cities, exclusive to poor people in Appalachia, this is growing across America.” And, that we do not want to support a safety net is one problem. Secondly, that we don’t address the structural problems in the economy is another, and it’s going to take some leadership here.”
The entire interview “Could Jobs Crisis Spark U.S. Riots?” is available at: http://bit.ly/ps514G