I am a Ph.D. student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation, which includes Jewish and Christian interpretations of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. My interests are religion, politics, TV, movies, and reading.
In my latest reading of Is Bill Cosby Right? (Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?),
Michael Eric Dyson praises Jesse Jackson for acknowledging the
importance of personal responsibility within the African-American
community, while also working to address the structural problems that
keep poor African-Americans down. Jackson has been politically active
because he realizes that laws and government policies affect the lives
of poor African-Americans, yet he has also promoted literacy and has
organized churches to mentor first-time offenders lacking a family.
Jackson also has a Wall Street Project, whose aim is to help bring
capital to the ghetto, which can increase the local tax base and thus
bring more money into the area’s public school system. I hope that his
efforts are bearing fruit.