Bankole Thompson, editor-in-chief of The PuLSE Institute and opinion columnist at The Detroit News, was invited on Monday, July 29 by CNN to appear on the network’s noon program Inside Politics hosted by John King to discuss the 2020 presidential election and how black America is playing into the race. Thompson was joined on the panel by David Axelrod, architect of the Barack Obama presidency, and a CNN senior political commentator. Thompson, a nationally renowned journalist and culture critic discussed poverty as a major quality of life issue facing Detroiters who live in a city ranked by the 2016 Census as the largest poverty city of its kind in the nation. Thompson has written extensively on the issue as a major impediment to the economic recovery of Detroit.
Thompson in his most recent Detroit News column, which appears on Mondays and Thursdays in the newspaper https://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2019/07/31/bankole-obama-cant-save-biden-2020/1877302001/ urges leading Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden to speak to real issues facing black America, and not depend on former President Obama to galvanize support on his behalf.