Mayor Nutter Pens “After Trayvon” Cover Essay for Time
Speaking of unexpected magazine covers, Philly’s own Mayor Michael Nutter has a byline on the front of the latest issue of Time Magazine, with an essay about the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin verdict. Which … we would totally link to, except that it’s behind Time’s paywall, and we haven’t been subscribers since around the time George W. Bush was re-elected. But the headline of Nutter’s piece is “Less Talk, More Action,” so we’ll just go ahead and guess that Nutter advocates responding to our grief for Trayvon and the verdict with, you know, less talk and more action.
Update: Here’s the link. Mayor Nutter chooses to write about the epidemic of black-on-black violence, which he says is largely ignored in the national conversation:
What’s missing are the fundamentals. It’s about jobs. It’s about education. It’s about economic investment and job retraining. It’s about getting benefits to people who need them. We know that in Philadelphia, thousands of people are not even signing up for the available benefits to take care of themselves and their families. We know clearly that there are a few things that work: investing more in Head Start programs, summer jobs and programs for teens and community-development block grants for cities to put people to work. Those three areas have been cut significantly over the past few years. The U.S. seems to be more invested in nation building in other countries around the world, Iraq and Afghanistan in particular, than in nation building–or rebuilding–here at home.
Read the whole thing, as they say.