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Movement in Brooklyn

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

In the aftermath of the mass political engagement of youth in America during President Obama's campaign, Kevin Powell, Brooklyn-based community activist has written a new book, Open Letters to America: Essays by Kevin Powell, on his thoughts about the movement going forward.

Guests:

Kevin Powell

Comments [12]

Leon Freilich from Park Slope

WORLD WAR OBAMA

1941--"Believe me, the post-bellicose United States of America will not be drawn into this European war."

1942--"I demand that Germany and Japan surrender unconditionally--immediately."

1943--"One or the other--Germany or Japan--must surrender or incur my wrath."

1944--"Nothing less than returning to their own borders is acceptable to me."

1945--"Let's share, folks. What'll you settle for?"

Dec. 18 2009 02:21 PM
Mike from Inwood

the truth... from bkny: "I hate that this is tied to a woman's self esteem when the cause is usually the man's low or lack of self esteem! The inability to control their emotions, never taught where to direct their out of control behaviour and not allowed to cry."

Good point.

Nov. 17 2009 11:50 AM
the truth... from bkny

Sensitive and awake, yeah, more guys should pay attention in the anger management class and not try to run it! What a joke that class is to them. Too short and most of them learn nothing, they just do it to stay out of jail!

Nov. 17 2009 11:48 AM
Mike from Inwood

Race & gender? Let's talk about the class thing, too. White men who come from lower class backgrounds find that opportunities for people who are not socially connected will be reserved for women and people of color so that the workplace will appear 'diversified' by the ostensible measures of race and gender. This is done so that no one can mount a legal complaint of discrimination, which preserves the privilege of the rich. If Kevin Powell was so progressive, he'd inlcude all people who are limited by their backgrounds, instead of simply seeking privilege for the groups for whom he sympathizes.

Nov. 17 2009 11:47 AM
the truth... from bkny

I hate that this is tied to a woman's self esteem when the cause is usually the man's low or lack of self esteem! The inability to control their emotions, never taught where to direct their out of control behaviour and not allowed to cry. I cannot accept any excuse for Domestic violence against women, period!

Nov. 17 2009 11:46 AM
nkbah from harlem

It's amazing to hear the voice of a man being sensitive and awake to the issues of women. We need more of this.

Nov. 17 2009 11:46 AM
the truth... from bkny

Chris has admitted he was wrong but he has done so with a smile and the youthful inexperience of how serious the situation really is...how close he came to losing his freedom and more importantly how much of a scar he has left on that young girls soul!

Nov. 17 2009 11:44 AM
Janet

The reason people have not been able to do what they set out to when Obama was elected is that we are all mired down just trying to make ends meet, out of work, worried about being out of work, worried about paying for college for our kids etc. thanks to 8 years of the Bush administration, of course. It never ends.

Nov. 17 2009 11:41 AM
the truth... from bkny

Where did your views about women come from? Learned, taught, bad experience with women...lets stay on this subject for a sec!

Nov. 17 2009 11:39 AM
kay

great interview so far. kevin powell rocks.

Nov. 17 2009 11:39 AM
lucy from manhattan

Bravo....What a wonderful hopeful voice.
The beginnings of this activism are in the home...its how we raise our sons. Mothers and fathers, raising boys to respect girls, men to respect women.

Nov. 17 2009 11:36 AM
Mike from Inwood

While discrimination against women is no doubt more prevalent that discrimination against men, it does exist and Kevin Powell should wake up to this.

Nov. 17 2009 11:36 AM

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