African Americans The Face Of Poverty

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“African Americans are more likely to be arrested, if arrested more likely to be charged, if charged more likely to be sentenced, and if sentenced more likely to suffer more intense punishment than the rich or the white.” says a writer of the “why are African Americans the face of poverty in the United States ("Why Are Black Americans the Face of Poverty in the United States? Is This View Supported by Evidence?).It 's a serious question to ask. African Americans are usually represented as the lower class and in this case the main ethnicity dealing with poverty. They are used as the display of poverty programs and to show how poor people live.Government funded Poverty Programs should not have African Americans as the face of their assisted people because; they are not the main race dealing with this problem, it builds white resentment, and it enforces stereotypes of african americans. Poverty itself is a worldwide problem. For the past six years america 's wealth has increased by 60 percent but so has the amount of homeless children(“The Numbers Are Staggering:US Is ‘World Leader’ in Child Poverty, 1). Living on 26 dollars a day is what it means to be living in poverty in the us. this makes up 35.9 million people in the us which makes almost one out of every eight citizens a person living in poverty(Seager, 1). If you go to India or you go to any number of other Third World countries, you have two problems: You have greater inequality of income and wealth. You also have
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