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In a Busy News Week, Some Say the Real Issues are Ignored

Friday, June 28, 2013

Woodside, Queens (ChrisGoldNY)

Immigration reform, affirmative action, voting rights, gay marriage -- it's been a busy week for lawmakers and jurists, one that will likely reshape the country. But in some pockets of the city, the issues that matter aren't what's necessarily in the headlines.

Alex, a 21-year-old resident of Woodside, was sitting outside his apartment building with his pitbull and a friend. He's been unemployed for six months and thinks gay rights are coming at the expense of issues that matter more to him, like jobs.

"There's people suffering, people losing houses, stuff like that," he said. "Who's helping them?"
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Comments [2]

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I appreciate Arun daring to speak to non-gay-activist/non-WNYC fanboys, about gay activism and its relative importance in the larger world, for a change. Brace for some groggy scowls, Arun but don't fear the truth.

Hopefully this (and immigration, another common sense/no brainer) legislation was Washington's way of saying, "please consider this our warmup. Now we are ready to actually doing something."

Jun. 28 2013 09:57 AM
GD from NJ

I was disappointed to hear Arun describe the first two people he interviewed for this story as African-American. There are thousands of characteristics about any one of us, and to focus on the race of the people being interviewed, when it had absolutely nothing to do with the story (which it never should) reflects an ignorance that I do not expect from public radio in general or from WNYC. I am left with the feeling that the concern about racial equality that I hear in other stories on WNYC is not a genuine concern, but a way to attract listeners. This is a sad moment for me and for WNYC.

Jun. 28 2013 08:59 AM

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