The Bleakest Generation?

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Two young men are detained outside the Currys electrical store in Brixton on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Widespread rioting and looting took place across many parts of London on Monday.
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Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone suggested that the Tottenham riot was fueled by citizens unleashing pent-up resentment over the weak economy, high unemployment rate, and historically deep budget cuts that decrease funding for poor communities in the United Kingdom. "This is the first generation since the Great Depression that have doubts about their future," he told the BBC. Those same conditions that led to the unrest in the U.K. may apply to the U.S.

Eugene White, economics professor at Rutgers University, is an economic historian and expert on the Great Depression. He talks about whether America's young people share the same bleak outlook that led to the rioting in the U.K.

Alan Cowell, senior correspondent for The New York Times, gives an update from London, where 16,000 police officers were deployed Tuesday night to keep the peace. Looting and arson continued in other major cities.