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It’s been more than 50 years since President Lyndon Baines Johnson initiated the so-called “War on Poverty,” and in that time quite a few things have changed — but poverty hasn’t been one of them. Yes it’s had its ups and downs, and times when it was doing better or worse relative to other years, but overall it’s still very much with us — and sadly at levels close to what they were during Johnson’s time.
The New York Times published an opinion piece recently by several sociologists, essentially saying we shouldn’t demonize single mothers (duh) as the cause of high poverty rates. Fine so far as it goes, but I’ve been finding the opposite construction to be true: Single mothers are disproportionately affected by poverty and living in poverty, especially if they’re also single mothers of color, or have young children, or lack a high school education.
As I’ve been reading more about compound poverty, deep poverty and other topics since then, I’ve been struck by how often the “penalty” for being a person of color is introduced. Not only is the deck stacked against the poor, it’s even “ more stacked ” against people of color — and in numerous ways that together make it even harder to bounce back from.
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