Poverty And Its Effects On Children

2452 Words May 4th, 2015 10 Pages
Astonishingly in 2013 there were 45.3 million people living in poverty out of the 316.5 million inhabitants of the United States of America. That means about 14.5% of people live below the poverty line, which is an extremely large amount for such a lucrative world dominating country. Poverty is a very serious issue in the United States and has devastating effects, yet it continues to effect massive amounts of people. It is essential that Americans make the necessary changes to combat poverty because those living in poverty often experience a decrease in academic performance, lack of employment opportunities, and a lack of proper health because poverty prevents a good overall quality of life. Foremost, people who live in poverty may experience extreme disturbances, which can negativity effect a child’s performance at school because these events are often mentally scaring. Poverties.org in an article “Investing in Children in Poverty & Their Parents” reasons that adults living in poverty often “lose a sensitivity that is vital for the healthy development of children” and this frequently results in detrimental effects both physically and mentally on their children. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness written by Michelle Alexander, which is focused on the fact that “too many fathers are missing from too many lives and too many homes” according to Barack Obama the President of the United States (178).
The “mass incarceration of people of color” is…
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