Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Poverty in Black and White, and Latino and Asian

The fact that one in every seven Americans live below the poverty line is inexcusable.

Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that those making more than $250,000 were "the people who were hit hardest by this recession":

If you look deeper at the data, the story of who has actually been "hit hardest" is clear:
  • More than one in four black and Hispanic people live below the poverty line
  • Hispanics saw the biggest jump in poverty (2.1%)
  • The biggest drop in real income was among black people and on-citizens (4.4% and 4.5% drop, respectively)
But this is not about numbers. It's about real people and real suffering.

Read the whole piece at Huffington Post

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