Poverty Inequality : The United States

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Poverty is one of the greatest problems in the United States today. Poverty is the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; a condition of being poor.Many people, especially African Americans and children, live in poverty. People in poverty are left to face different social, cultural, physical and mental challenges.The American Dream is to have a well paying job and to be comfortable, but most Americans are forced to live a life of poverty. Although the United States is one of the richest countries in the world, the rate of poverty and income inequality is still relatively high. Economic Inequality is the reason why poverty is increasing, and equal opportunity is reducing. 1
Although social and political inequalities are the main reasons why African Americans are the poorest in the country, economic inequality also has a part to play in this. It is commonly believed that people 's negligence make them go into poverty. 2The roles that social, economic and political systems play in affecting people 's standards of living are often overlooked.3 Although the equal rights act was passed in 1964, African Americans still do not get the opportunities that white Americans get.4 In the country today, African Americans get lower paying jobs compared to whites. According to Institute on Research for Poverty, the rate of poverty of African Americans in the United States from 1959-2012 is 27.2% which is higher than any other race in the country.5
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