Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Poverty


Living in a wealthy country means very little to people who work 40 hours a week and live in poverty. 

A Pew Research analysis of Census data found, that of the 11 million black children living in America, 2 out of every 5, children live in poverty.  Pew defined poverty as a family of four with two children that has income of less than $24,000 a year.

The number of children living in poverty in our country declined from 16.3 million in 2010 to 14.7 million in 2013, the differences by race and ethnicity are stark.  In 2013, one out of every three Hispanic children of the 18 million Hispanic children in the country, lived in poverty compared to 1 out of every 10 white children and 1 out of every 10 Asian children.

Although, black children are more likely to live in poverty, the total number of impoverished Hispanic children (5.4 million) is higher than that of blacks (4.2 million), whites (4.1 million) or Asians (0.4 million) simply because there are more of them.

Blacks are more likely to be unemployed and earn less than those from other races.  Last month, the unemployment rate for blacks was 9.5 percent, compared to 6.6 percent for Hispanics, 4.6 percent for whites and 3.8 percent for Asians.  Since 2001, one million more black children have slipped into poverty.

In 2013, the median household income for Asians was $72,000, compared to $57,000 for whites, $41,000 for Hispanics and $35,000 for blacks.

Education plays a key role in income and earning potential.  More than half,  52 percent of Asian adults over 25 have a bachelor's degree, compared to 33 percent of whites, 19 percent of blacks and 14 percent of Hispanics.  A bachelor degree matters regardless of who you are.

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