Talking about youth violence and inequality

See if you can guess which speaker is Michael Eric Dyson, and which is me. No fair listening to the intro…..

Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect,, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.

3 thoughts on “Talking about youth violence and inequality”

  1. Perhaps you were trying to be non-political, but I think you do a disservice when you repeat the conventional wisdom that it takes 60 votes to accomplish things in the US senate. It takes 60 votes to overcome a filibuster but only 50 to accomplish almost everything. That the media doesn't clarify this means you fail to alert citizens of what the problem is and who is responsible. (or at least that is what this Canadian thinks).

  2. It would be, if they were obstructing everything, which they're not.

    Anyway, the sad fact is, it really requires far less than 50 votes in the Senate which both parties' leadership agree on: They simply circumvent the quorum requirement by holding voice votes.

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