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September 19th, 2011
10:26 AM ET

How realistic is the possibility that class riots could happen in the United States?

The income gap in America is growing and threatening to further divide wealthy Americans and the middle class as the unemployment crisis continues.

From 1970-2008, the wealthiest Americans saw their incomes grow by $385%, or an average of $5.6 million dollars, while 90% of workers, who on average get paid the least, lost 1%  of their total incomes.

In response to the persisting jobs crisis, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg commented on Friday that if the unemployment problem continues, he is worried that the same type of riots that swept through Europe and North Africa could happen in America.

Today on American Morning, Frank Gilliam Jr., Dean of the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, sits down with Christine Romans to discuss the possibility of class riots and the growing income gap in the United States.

Filed under: Class • Income
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