During the exchange, the two discussed the “Occupy” movement, social justice and equity. Blackwell particularly focused on the importance of basic infrastructure:
In low-income communities, transportation, particularly public transportation is a lifeline. We have lots of communities in which the availability of a car is actually unheard of. There are many communities in which most people in the community don’t have a car. Twenty-five percent of people in the African American/Latino community are without cars.
And with– this is at a time when so many of the jobs are not in their communities. They’re in the suburban community. And so if people don’t have public transportation, they cannot connect to work. You may have an employer who’s an equal opportunity employer, who would be happy to hire somebody ready for the job, from an inner-city community.
But if they can’t get there, the two will never meet. We also have, in this country, many families that are struggling to provide healthy diets, when there’s no place in the community to buy fresh fruits, and vegetables. Only eight percent of African Americans live in a census tract, with a grocery store.
Roxanne Cooper is the publisher of Raw Story. She has 20+ years experience in media management, marketing, and advertising and has held positions with AlterNet, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, LA Weekly, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Stars & Stripes. From 2004-2008, Roxanne published the popular political blog Rox Populi. She lives in San Francisco and you can follow her on Twitter at @AlterRox.
Raw Story is a progressive news site that focuses on stories often ignored in the mainstream media. While giving coverage to the big stories of the day, we also bring our readers' attention to policy, politics, legal and human rights stories that get ignored in an infotainment culture driven solely by pageviews.
Founded in 2004, Raw Story reaches 9 million unique readers per month and serves more than 30 million pageviews.