What’s Up with this “Poverty Tour”?

If you know me personally, you know there are two Black intellectuals that I absolutely love-so much so I would listen to them recite the alphabet.  Who are those men?  Dr. Cornel West and Dr. Micheal Eric Dyson.  So, imagine my surprise when I found out that Dr. West and Tavis Smiley are going on a 15 city tour of America?  What’s the name of the tour you may ask…well, it’s called “The Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience”.  It aims to bring awareness to the plight of poor Americans, regardless of race and gender, and to have town halls and discussions. 

Excuse me, but what is talking about the plight of the poor going to accomplish?  West and Smiley have gotten numerous sponsors, but I would think that if you’re going to help those Americans who have been without employment that you will help them find a job.  Or at least help with their mortgage or rent.  Thank God I’m not living in poverty, but if I were, I don’t believe I would want someone to host a townhall about my plight.  If these two men really want to be effective, how about devising a plan to create jobs for these Americans and coming up with ways to help them make a better life for them and their families? 

Anyone can get up and talk a good game, but what are we putting into action?  And these two men are educated and intelligent, so it’s beyond me why they would limit themselves to just going around the country.  Unless they plan on using this as an extended vacation.

Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.