Great Recession Leaves Blacks in Poverty
The wealthiest nation on Earth also claims 46.5 million people in poverty, most of them African-American.
In a recent Census Bureau finding, Blacks in particular seem to suffer the worst from poverty rates. Standing tall at 27.2%, African-Americans make up the largest population of poverty-stricken communities. Not far behind are Latinos (25.6%).
Many have theorized that African-Americans face a tougher time in the workforce, with employment discrimination like wage-inequality and the likeliness of Blacks to end up in low-paying service jobs.
Others have suggested restraints in educational access, home ownership problems, the war on drugs, school-to-prison pipeline, and segregated, concentrated poverty.
Ultimately, African-Americans and Latinos suffer from vulnerability to poverty. Fixing it, as some suggest, starts with caring about the problem and acting on it.
What are your thoughts on racial poverty?