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Economy: African Americans #1007084

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 15, 2011
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The crippling impact of this economy on African Americans noted; photo shown of Princeton University professor Cornell West†† and TV host Tavis Smiley†, who are on a “poverty tour” calling on President Obama to act. [In NBC interview, OBAMA – says the most important poverty program is a job; says his focus is providing ladders of opportunity; states his job as president isn’t to look at different segments of the population.]

(Studio: Lester Holt) The views of African Americans on Obama featured; details given about the high expectations after his inauguration; statistics on unemployment and poverty and Obama’s approval rating among black voters cited. [North Carolina physician Eric WINTER††- says he’s lost focus.] [Representative Maxine WATERS†- says we’re getting tired.] [SMILEY – says the president has to recognize the hell they are enduring and find ways to address that kind of pain.] [Tulane University Melissa HARRIS-PERRY†- says all presidents have a responsibility to address this kind of inequality.] [Obama supporter Velma HART††- says the hopes and dreams of African Americans are equal to anyone else in this country.] [ managing editor Joy-Ann REID†- comments on Obama’s relationship with the civil rights establishment.]

Williams, Brian;
Holt, Lester

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