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Commentary :: Social Welfare
BTL:Income Inequality in America Deepening
28 Jan 2006
Interview with Felice Yeskel, author of the book "Economic Apartheid in America," conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris
Income Inequality in America Deepening

Interview with Felice Yeskel, author of the book "Economic Apartheid in America," conducted by Scott Harris

The destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina last fall unmasked the desperate plight of large numbers of poor people living in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region. Seeing the disaster first hand, the nation’s media briefly focused attention on this hidden aspect of American life, where poverty is endemic in every major city in the country.

Stagnating wages, higher housing, health care and education costs combined with a weakened labor movement and the export of manufacturing jobs overseas - has resulted in a growing gap between the rich and poor in America. While CEOs of big corporations increase their incomes exponentially, those in the middle and at the bottom are losing ground.

A book examining these disturbing trends titled, “Economic Apartheid In America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity,” analyzes the policies that have contributed to this disparity and its impact. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Felice Yeskel, co-author of the recently revised and updated book first published in 2000. She discusses the causes of inequality and offers some prescriptions for change.

Felice Yeskel is co-author with Chuck Collins of "Economic Apartheid in America," published by the New Press. Yeskel is the co-director of the group Class Action. Visit their website at

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