That’s just one of the more provocative questions examined in CNN’s newest Black in America special, “Almighty Debt.”
CNN selected Houston as one of the cities to premiere the documentary, which examines how families and churches are grappling with the impact of unemployment, foreclosures and debt on the African-American community.
Last night, CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien, CNN analyst (and Houston native) Roland Martin, along with CNN business correspondent Stephanie Elam were in Houston to promote the show and examine possible solutions. Pastor DeForest Soaries, who makes the inflammatory statement about racism and debt in the show, was also here.
By the way, O’Brien was hobbling around on crutches. She told me she hurt her knee after falling off her horse. Ouch. Nevertheless, she was in great spirits and friendly to everyone who wanted to shake her hand or snap a photo.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science IMAX theater was packed with people who wanted to get a sneak peek at the show and participate in a discussion after the viewing.
Some of those attending included, host Francis Page of Style Magazine, Goodwille Pierre and city of Houston controller Ronald Green, who also participated in a panel discussion after the crowd watched excerpts from the show.
Almighty Debt – A black in America Special debuts Thursday, October 21 on CNN.
Finally, a special shout-out to students of HISD’s Jack Yates High School Journalism program.