Cardinal Turkson discusses economic disparity on ‘The Daily Show’

Cardinal Peter Turkson spoke about the high anxiety generated by the growing divide between rich and poor during an interview with The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, which will air on Comedy Central on Thursday…

Cardinal Turkson discusses economic disparity on ‘The Daily Show’

Cardinal Peter Turkson spoke about the high anxiety generated by the growing divide between rich and poor during an interview with The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, which will air on Comedy Central on Thursday evening.

“You don’t have to be a genius to see that inequality is a huge problem,” said Turkson, who spoke on Oct. 17 at the American Enterprise Institute.

Prime Minister Theresa May made headlines by inviting an “invite list” of top football players and celebrity names to attend her country’s 2018 FIFA World Cup opening match in Russia on June 14, a move many critics said was meant to improve the country’s international reputation ahead of the Brexit negotiations. And this month, a woman named Priti Patel pleaded guilty to lying to Parliament over expenses claims she allegedly made while working in government.

The president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, echoed this tone when he told The BBC that “the clash of cultures of rich and poor must not be allowed to continue,” when asked about global inequality.

Citing a report by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative that found that more than 4 million children were trapped in poverty, Turkson said the best way to help impoverished families was “to be honest with each other, be open to each other and the truth and tell them that it’s not OK to work with impunity.”

While the charity match scheduled for Sunday evening has enjoyed high publicity, Turkson said he hoped it would “shake some sense into this issue.” He added that the 10-team game, organized by WhatsApp in 60 countries, should lead to more national discussions about issues such as income inequality.

“It’s going to be a kick. I hope it’s a kick to humility,” said Turkson.

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