An 11-year-old St. Louis boy has garnered national attention in the wake of his remarks to county officials during the demonstrations in Ferguson last month, CBS News reported.
Marquis Govan has been profiled by CBS News and NPR following his comments to the St. Louis County Commission regarding the protests that were spurred on by the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
“The people of Ferguson, I believe, don’t need tear gas thrown at them,” Govan said at the Aug. 19 meeting. “I believe they need jobs. I believe the people of Ferguson, they don’t need to be hit with batons. What they need is people to be investing in their businesses.”
Govan, who currently attends the Loyola Academy prep school in St. Louis, has reportedly developed an interest in politics while living with his great-grandmother, Jennie Bracy. Bracy took custody of Govan when he was 2 years old, and would take him to the polls with her when she went to vote.
“My parents, they were not in the conditions — let’s say that — to take care of me,” Govan told NPR. “They didn’t have what they needed to take care of me.”
Bracy told CBS that by now, she trusts Govan when he recommends candidates.
“He says, ‘We’re voting for this person, that person, and that person,'” Bracy said.
According to CBS, Govan is an avid fan of cable news shows and hopes to be a senator, or perhaps even the president, as he gets older. He will be eligible for the presidency in 2040.
“I’m not there for the power,” he said of his political aspirations. “I would be there to do a job.”
Watch CBS’ report on Govan, as aired on Sunday, below.
[h/t Mother Jones]
Federal Reserve chair defiant in face of Trump threats: ‘The law is clear — I have a four-year term’
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell sounded a defiant note on Wednesday as he announced that there would be no further cuts to interest rates for the time being.
Even though President Donald Trump has been publicly calling for a rate cut to spur additional economic growth ahead of his reelection campaign, Powell kept interest rates at their current level and signaled that he did not foresee any interest rate cuts for the rest of the year.
Powell was asked by a reporter if he was concerned about being "demoted" by Trump in the wake of this announcement, the Federal Reserve Chairman said he wasn't worried.
Economist mocks GOP for trying to pin racism on Democrats — after telling a harrowing story about anti-black economic envy
Economist Julianne Malveaux explained to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that there was a time in the United States where black Americans were actually closing the wealth gap with white Americans -- until white Americans rioted and burned their property.
During her testimony at a hearing on reparations, Malveaux recounted the horrific story of the destruction of "Black Wall Street," which was a location in Tulsa, Oklahoma that was known for its high concentration of black-owned businesses and black wealth.
The area's prosperity came to an end in 1921 when white Tulsa residents used baseless accusation of a black man sexually assaulting a white woman as a justification to chase out all black residents and set fire to their neighborhoods. Hundreds of black residents were killed in the riots and the majority fled the city.
Meghan McCain explodes after declaring herself a ‘sacrificial Republican’ — and shocks audience with slur against Joy Behar
Whoopi Goldberg had to cool off a heated argument on "The View" between Joy Behar and Meghan McCain, who complained about being the show's "sacrificial Republican."
McCain mocked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for appearing at President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Orlando, where the president belittled him from the stage.
"The transformation is complete," McCain said. "That's what I thought last night, the transformation is complete."
She then warned the other panelists not to overlook the crowd enthusiasm for Trump, and she recalled a conversation with a producer who couldn't understand why the president's supporters loved him so much.