Taking a Closer Look at Poverty

1416 Words Jun 23rd, 2018 6 Pages
What is poverty? www.merriam-webster.com defines poverty as “the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions. “Many Americans mainly think that poor people consist of being unemployed, lazy, lack of education, etc. I even asked a few random people at Capital University, why people are poor and many said lack of employment and others mentioned having a hole in their pocket and not being educated. Even though this may be true; many Americans lack the facts that many poor people are hardworking people who fail to make ends meet. Many Americans live under three different kinds of poverty, they consist of: Official Poverty, Absolute Poverty, and Relative Poverty. To best understand what all …show more content…
According to researchnews.osu.edu “The researchers examined crime rates for 1989 to 1991 in 177 census tracts in Columbus. They separated the census tracts -- which are the units researchers use to approximate neighborhoods -- into those with low poverty rates (less than 20 percent), high rates (20 to 40 percent) and extreme rates (more than 40 percent). They also separated the census tracts into those that were predominantly White or Black (at least 70 percent of one race).” As you can see most crime accrues from poverty. In the book Voices of a people’s history written by Howard Zinn (page 495-498). A man named Angela Davis wrote “Unemployment is generally twice as high in ghettos as it is in the country as a whole and even higher among black woman and youth. The unemployment rate among black youths has presently skyrocketed to 30 percent.” According to Kendall, Diana Sociology in Our Times (Page 207) “African American men who find employment typically earn more than African American women; however, the men’s employment is often less stable. In earlier decades, African American men were more likely to lose their jobs because of declining employment in the manufacturing sector (Bane, 1986; Collins, 1990; Bane and Ellwood, 1994). The high unemployment rate among African Americans is also caused by the movement of jobs to mostly white suburbs and to continued discrimination (Feagin and Feagin, 2011).”
When children are born into a life of
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