The Importance Of Poverty In America

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Why are people poor in America? That is a question that individuals ask often, when America is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Poverty began during the Great Depression, when neither State and local governments nor private charities had the means to cope with the growing financial needs of the American people (Poor in America, 2009). Many people come to America in hopes to have a better life, however they struggle when they are here. Why is this? In the public school system, today every student’s say the Pledge of Allegiance, the ending of the Pledge of Allegiance states “justice” for all. Young children in America from diverse cultural backgrounds recite this pledge and do not fully understand its meaning.
When it comes to justice and equality in America everyone is not treated the same. In the 21st century individuals are still discriminated against because they may fall into a certain category. For example: darker skin tone/minority, low socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, etc. If you are affiliated with any of these categories that are not considered the cultural “norms” you are an outcast in today’s society. Especially if you are a minority who comes from a low socioeconomic background, these individuals are not expected to succeed.
In low income communities, they are schools who do not adequately prepare children for success. Especially, at the high school level where students are not being prepared for college. I learned this from
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