Voices of Frustration

October 7, 2011
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Well, things change in a week. The protest on Wall Street has gathered momentum in cities across the country. In TheRoot today, Chris Jenkins lets four skilled black professionals in DC speak for themselves on the frustrations of finding work now, in words that crystallize the protesters’ concerns often better than the Occupiers themselves. Tyrone Jackson, an electrician, gives powerful expression to that experience and the lengths he’s gone to — hours back and forth between the city and Spotsylvania County, Virginia — to find work.
    “You could build a house with a foundation with the types of people I know who have skills out here and can’t find jobs,” he says.
    Jenkins does right by Jackson and by the tradition of oral history.

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