When Bill de Blasio was elected mayor of New York City in 2013, it was believed he would be the progressive leader that would pull the city out of the pit of recession, create jobs and do better by the poor and the homeless than mayors of the recent past. But with de Blasio's recent comments over his distaste for panhandlers, saying it was something people did for fun, that he wished the practice could be illegal, and for the police to be particularly "aggressive" in cracking down on the city's beggars, one wonders if the mayor actually intends to tackle the ever-growing gulf of income inequality that divides us, and if the mayor was ever progressive in the first place.
On this week's Clip of the Week, The Radical Imagination tackles the fact that the world's richest are not letting go of their hold on resources and capital, and the bridge between the affluent and the indigent will not change until wealth is distributed. And more than this, this episode highlights the lack of empathy and compassion for those with less, the habitual victim-blaming of the poor to rationalize their condition, and the role of Christianity within this. With host, John Jay College's Jim Vrettos, with guest Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis.
The Radical Imagination airs every Sunday at 8:00 pm on MNN1 (TWC 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33 or streaming live) and MNN’s new HD Community Channel (TWC or streaming live). Catch the repeat every Thursday at 8:00 pm on MNN4 (FiOS 36, RCN 85, TWC 67 & 1998 or streaming live) and MNN’s new HD Community Channel (TWC 1993 or streaming live).